Forests of Ash: An Environmental History

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This beautifully-written book tells the story of Australia's giant eucalypt, the Mountain Ash, which grows in the region north and east of Melbourne. Visited seasonally by indigenous people and later a site of mining and sawmilling for settlers, as well as contested ground for conservationists, the life cycles and fire cycles of the forests span millennia. Tom Griffiths tells the environmental, ecological and social history of a unique Australian forest, and in doing so, tells the story of the continent as a whole.

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Griffiths is the founder of www.gapyear.com, an online advice site and chat community for traverlers. He is an independent media spokesperson for the gapyear industry, commenting regularly on television, radio and in the print media. He works in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to promote youth travel safety.

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"Forests of Ash is a good story well written. The subject is made even more approachable through maps and over sixty photographs, many of them stunning. This is definitely not just a text for scholars." Environmental History

"The book...provides an excellent case study of the application of environmental history to one forest. It is a very worthwhile contribution to the ongoing public debate about the use of the ash forests." Pacific Affairs

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