Why Wilderness Matters

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Why Wilderness Matters

<p>Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness that emerged out of Myles Dunphy’s 1930s National Parks and Primitive Areas Council. Today it is Australia’s longest-serving

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness that emerged out of Myles Dunphy’s 1930s National Parks and Primitive Areas Council. Today it is Australia’s longest-serving community advocate for wilderness. Learn about its legendary bushwalking conservationists, photographers and campaigners who dedicated their lives to protecting Australia’s wilderness. Some of these legends include Myles Dunphy, Milo Dunphy, Alex Colley and Henry Gold.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The contribution of Myles Dunphy and his National Parks and Primitive Areas Council Primitive and Park.
  • Wilderness conservationists including Myles Dunphy, Milo Dunphy, Alex Colley, Henry Gold and contemporary wilderness advocates.
  • Wilderness Campaigns – saving the Colong Caves from limestone mining and saving the Boyd Plateau from the destruction of native forest for pine plantations
  • The introduction of a Wilderness Act (1987)
  • Wilderness areas that still need protecting including the Pilliga, Goonoo on the north west slopes, the Deua Valley on the South Coast and the Tabletop and Main Range in the Snowy Mountains
  • Achievements: World Heritage listing of Greater Blue Mountains in 2000
  • Rainforest campaigns on the Northern Coast of NSW including Border Ranges National Park
  • Threats facing Australia’s wild places


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe what wilderness is.
  2. Understand the achievements of wilderness protection.
  3. Discuss the threats to wilderness protection.