National Museum of Australia – Friends Lounge: 2-3 pm, 20 November.
‘Eroding the Edges of Nature: Mount Field and the Florentine Valley: Tasmania’s First National Park and a Century of Lessons’ by Dr Kevin Kiernan’
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Dr Kevin Kiernan (formally at UTAS) is a speleologist and geomorphologist, well-known for his discovery of Kutikina Cave, an archaeological site which played a pivotal role in halting damming of the Franklin River in the 1980s. He has a long history of working for conservation of Tasmanian wilderness. He was secretary of the committee that fought against flooding of Lake Pedder in the early 1970s, then became founding chairman of the South West Tasmania Action Committee. As a member of the United Tasmania Group, the world’s first “Green” political party, he developed a formal proposal for a greatly enlarged national park in SW Tasmania. He later became founding Director of the Tasmanian Wilderness Society, and subsequently worked as a planner in the Tasmanian Parks Service. He later surprised many conservation colleagues by working for more than a decade inside the Tasmanian logging industry. For 14 years he was a university lecturer at the University of Tasmania. He is author of numerous research papers on alpine and polar geomorphology, and limestone landscapes He maintains international interests in the management challenges facing World Heritage Areas and in the geomorphology of landscapes affected by war.