I’m currently working on creating a 3D model in Google SketchUp of the monitoring station and noticed something that, although obvious, I really hadn’t thought much about. The slide below is of screen grabs from GoogleEarth which gives you the idea from the Australian states along the southern and eastern coast. It truly is staggering just how much agriculture has altered the landscape (look at the patch work, not colouration due to various data sources) and why land management is an important part of meeting the challenges over the coming century, including anthropogenic climate change and decreasing biodiversity abundance. I suggest, if the pictures caught your interest, that you use the aerial imagery of Google (whether it be GoogleEarth or Maps on the web) to have a look at your own region. Look for both the patch work, but also for the fragments of remnant vegetation.
It’s not about greenies, such as myself, condemning human activity, but rather insisting that we can have as much – if not more – without such impact.
I should also note that eastern Victoria and along the coast of NSW (much of which is not in the screen grabs) have large patches of remnant vegetation left, but we must do better.