While groups like the Wilderness Society run advertisements suggesting that in western Queensland and New South Wales broadscale tree clearing is a major environmental threat, many local landholders argue the problem is quite different. They claim … [Read more...] about Under Threat in Australia, Grassland Birds?
Weeds & Ferals
The following media release was distributed by a group called the NSW Regional Community Survival Group* after TV personality Don Burke was interviewed by radio personality Alan Jones in Sydney yesterday: "Australia’s pioneer lifestyle presenter and … [Read more...] about Burke’s Backyard Infested with Native Invasive Scrub: Media Release from Community Group
Nyngan farmer Anthony Gibson, spokesperson for the NSW Regional Community Survival Group, has warned government officials and the public to be aware of Dr Barry Traill’s limited scientific credentials on the ecology of woody weeds. Following is the … [Read more...] about Publish or Perish: A Note from Anthony Gibson
Easter Island has been described by Jared Diamond as the "clearest example of a society that destroyed itself by overexploiting its own resources". Prof Diamond has told and retold the story and drawn a parallel between the ecological disaster he … [Read more...] about Rats Destroyed the Forests on Easter Island: Terry Hunt
Thirty-three different species of weeds are now reported to have developed resistance to herbicides commonly used in Australian farming systems, says Dr Chris Preston, programme leader for the Weeds CRC. The worst offenders are annual ryegrass, wild … [Read more...] about Note On Herbicide Resistance: Chris Preston
Not so many years ago Australian farmers where forced to clear their land of trees, it was a condition of many leases. Some areas were over-cleared particularly in Western Australia. Over the last 10 years the pendulum has swung in completely the … [Read more...] about Journalist Ross Coulthart Legitimises Farmer Woody Weed Concerns