We can see the Box Ironbark forests of central Victoria as cultural landscapes. Mining had a dramatic impact on the environment of the central goldfields region, and has completely transformed the forests we find there today. What was once a mature forest is today an infant forest.
The tree in this photograph was present before the gold rushes. As a single tree, it was evidently cut down during the gold rushes. It has now regrown as a clump of trees.
Created: 25 August 2006