Together with Charlie Shackleton, I am updating our 2011 global study of the adoption, use, and perception of non-native Australian acacias in landscapes around the world. We seek to identify changes and trends in the presence of these trees and how they have been welcomed (or not), and used (or not). To that effect, we have prepared a brief online survey.
We would like to hear from people who are familiar with one or more places where non-native Australian acacias grow (also known as mimosa, wattle, mangium, …), whether they are land owners, environmental managers, scientists, officials, or interested public.
The survey consists of 6 open questions on changes to the presence, use, impact, perception, and management of acacias in a landscape you are familiar with. It should take 3 to 15 minutes, depending on the level of detail with which you answer the questions. The survey is available in multiple languages:
We also encourage you to circulate this survey in your networks (contact me for email texts in any of the languages above). Please fill in the survey by 28 February at the latest. Thank you in advance for your contributions.
PS. By ‘Australian acacias’, we refer to trees of the genus Acacia originally found in Australia but cultivated and growing wild around the world. Many are called ‘wattle’; they include the feather-leafed ‘mimosa’ (A. dealbata) found around the Mediterranean or broad-leafed acacias (A. mangium, A. auriculiformis, A, saligna …) in coastal and tropical regions.