Sphagnum peatlands of Australasia: an assessment of harvesting sustainability

  • Published source details Whinam J. & Buxton R.P. (1997) Sphagnum peatlands of Australasia: an assessment of harvesting sustainability. Biological Conservation, 82, 21-29.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Reduce intensity of harvest (of wild biological resources)

Action Link
Peatland Conservation
  1. Reduce intensity of harvest (of wild biological resources)

    A replicated, controlled study in a bog in New Zealand (Whinam & Buxton 1997) reported that incompletely harvested plots regained Sphagnum moss cover more quickly than completely harvested plots. In plots where 30% of harvestable Sphagnum was left in place, Sphagnum cover was 90% after three years. In contrast, in plots from which all Sphagnum had been harvested, Sphagnum cover was only 50% after three years. No statistical tests were carried out and details of methods were not reported.

    (Summarised by: Nigel Taylor)

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