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Grazing and controlled burning in Kimberley pastoral land management

By Christopher Johns

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This interview discusses important land care practices to ensure pastoral sustainability in the Kimberley region. The Kimberley is the most northerly of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is bordered by the Indian Ocean, the Timor Sea, the Great Sandy and Tanami Deserts and the Northern Territory. It encompasses an area roughly twice the size of Great Britain and twice the size of the State of Victoria. Much of the Kimberley is comparatively unchanged by European settlement as it has not been subject to the large-scale land clearance that occurred in the agricultural regions in the south of Western Australia. The southern area of the region, however, has been affected by more than 100 years of pastoral grazing and the introduction of foreign plants and animals such as cocklebur, parkinsonia, bellyache bush, castor oil plant and feral cats. It has also been affected by the declining incidence of traditional Aboriginal land regimes such as periodic, deliberate burning for ease of land access and hunting which in turn, provided the additional benefit of eliminating hot fires

Topics: Farms, Sustainability and the environment, Environmental protection, Land use
Publisher: Future Directions International
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:apo.org.au:62857
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