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Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission



Conserving the Territory : six stories for publication, prepared for N.T. Conservation Commission

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by Wendy Kirke


Kirke, Wendy


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Conservation Commission of the Northern Territory; Administrative agencies -- Australia

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2. PROGRESS IN REAL TERMS Now that the Conservation Commission has succeeded the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission and amalgamated the Landcon Unit, Forestry and Environment--"-Uni t into one body, the Commission has expanded its. povrer and concern to cover the "Nhole of the Terri tory and not just pockets of parks and reserves VQthin it. The last five years or so have seen a fairly dramatic change in world-vade attitudes to conservation matters. Conservation is now an accepted part of our education programs and it has become one of the multiple strands of our every day life. ;, The roots for conservation were laid firmly in the 1960s. The 1980s have reaped much of the work done in the past two decades and could be seen as quite a critical turning point in the history of the Territory. It just happens that development in the North has been slower than in other areas and we have.therefore , J, had the opportunity to understand more fully the effects' of development before it is too late to apply this knowledge. However, while many people are now well aware of the urgent need for conservation matters to be taken very . . seriously, there is still the danger of some conservationists being so extreme and intense that they cause adverse reactions to the very principles that they are trying to promote. We need to remember that conservation in its most practical form is not the preservation of a certain species at all costs and regardless of how high this may be. To preserve in this way implies a non-changing environment which simply does not exist-in the real world.