Ian Pulsford is a specialist in protected areas and linking landscapes with 36 years experience in conservation policy, planning and practice with the New South Wales Government, including the selection, design and management of protected areas and large landscape connectivity corridors.
Ian has been an author of more than 18 published articles and book chapters. He has been an editor of two books and authored numerous government and consultancy reports, conservation plans, strategies and publicity materials. Ian’s most recent contributions as a chapter author and editor is Linking Australia’s Landscapes published by CSIRO in 2010 which draws out lessons from a variety of established and new connectivity conservation initiatives from around Australia, and is complemented by international examples. In this book he co-authored a chapter on Connectivity Conservation in the Great Eastern Ranges of Australia.
During the 1990s and later Ian was the Zone and Divisional Manager for Conservation Programs in south-east NSW with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Environment Climate Change and Water (now the Office of Environment and Heritage) and from 2007 to 2010 was the founding manager of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, Australia’s first continental-scale conservation corridor. He is now an independent consultant and member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas – Mountains and Connectivity Conservation theme. Ian has served on various government committees, including as a member of an expert panel advising the Australian Government on the draft National Wildlife Corridors Plan, a Ministerial appointee on the Southern Catchment Management Board and has chaired several committees.