Energy production and Infrastructure development

Energy production and infrastructure development can have a severe detrimental effect on conifer habitats.  A recent surge in the global demand for metals has led to an increase in mining activities with open-cast mining or strip-mining and its associated activities causing severe environmental damage.  Conifer-rich forests are often affected by this type of mining for example, nickel mining on the Pacific island of New Caledonia. Hydroelectric schemes often cause habitat loss due to forest inundation or indirectly by the loss of downstream habitats through changes in water levels.  Over the past 100 years hydroelectric schemes are responsible for a 15% habitat loss of Lagarostrobos franklinii forest in Tasmania.  Logging activities invariably start with the construction of roads in order to gain access to timber and this can include up to 15% of the consumed logged area. This intrusion is often devastating, opening up the area for further development and as communities grow more infrastructure and services are required.

Taxa in the category - Energy production and Infrastructure development:

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Araucaria muelleri (Carrière) Brongn. & Gris.

One of 13 species of Araucaria endemic to New Caledonia where it has a restricted distribution and has become Endangered due to mining and fire. Read full species entry >

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Araucaria rulei F.Muell.

One of 13 species of Araucaria endemic to New Caledonia (Grande Terre) where it has suffered a severe decline due to nickel mining and associated activities Read full species entry >

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Araucaria scopulorum de Laub.

One of 13 species of Araucaria endemic to New Caledonia. Its five locations are threatened by nickel mining and fire. Read full species entry >

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Callitris oblonga A.Rich. & Rich.

Endemic to Australia where it occurs on the mainland and Tasmania. Threats include  forest clearance, fire, grazing, invasive species and soil erosion. Read full species entry >

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Cupressus goveniana Gordon

Endemic to California, USA where it is facing a range of threats including changes to fire regimes, urbanisation, invasive non-native plants and agriculture. Read full species entry >

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Cupressus goveniana var. goveniana

Endemic to California, USA where altered fire regimes and ubanisation are the main threats Read full species entry >

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Dacrydium guillauminii J.Buchholz

One of four species of Dacrydium endemic to New Caledonia where it has an extremely restricted distribution and is Critically Endangered due to fire, tourism and flooding. Read full species entry >

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Glyptostrobus pensilis (Staunton ex D.Don) K.Koch

Wild populations are only known to occur in small fragmented stands in Lao PDR and Việt Nam. Once widespread in southeast China, centuries of agricultural expansion have resulted in the loss of probably all natural populations in that area. Current threats include habitat conversion, swamp drainage and illegal logging.  Read full species entry >

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