Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

A Wilderness Life - Keith Muir

Keith Muir explains how his career - a wilderness life - (a PDF file of Powerpoint slides) - explains how he made teamwork, unity, good policy, perseverance, seizing every opportunity and non-partisan politics work for nature conservation. 

Link to video of talk (low res, unedited i.e. the full 40 minute talk).

He says his success came from 3 points:

  • Conservation groups working in partnership, on agreed goals;
  • Making opportunities out of the events along the way; and
  • Working as much as possible in a bi-partisan manner so that the gains stuck.

The talk covers - the campaign to protect and expand Royal National Park; how the push to reserve the Nattai Wilderness led to a state-wide wilderness campaign; applying past experience in a period of high energy when wilderness declaration extended across the NSW coastal ranges and the Greater Blue Mountains were inscribed on the World Heritage list; then how Wilderness campaign continued; and finally the Gardens of Stone campaign.

Keith says it was all a lot of hard work and fun, with fantastic bushwalks. What a Wilderness Life indeed!

An article will feature his career in Colong Bulletin 279, out soon.