Five Million Hectares: A Conservation Memoir – Paul Sattler OAM

Paul is a biologist and former President of the Royal Society. His published 219-page work Five Million Hectares: A Conservation Memoir is available online here (11.5MB). The work is a highly readable and informative story of the author’s professional journey and, in particular, the major expansion of Queensland’s national park estate, particularly in the 1990s. The memoir is recommended reading for any scientist or policy officer involved in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem mapping and, indeed, nature conservation generally – as well as those looking for insight into political and bureaucratic events within the nature conservation sector during the period. The Society is delighted to be able to make this landmark report available to an international audience through this website and to publish a summary in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland vol. 119. The Society also published his address in accepting the 2015 Gatton College Gold Medal – see Proceedings volume 121.

Paul Sattler updated the memoir in May 2018 – the version available here.

Former Minister Pat Comben has written an appreciative review in The Courier-Mail.