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WISALTS column

(1988) WISALTS column. Elders Weekly, 17 March 1988. p. 6 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

There's been a great deal talk before and during our bicentennial year about the damage done to our environment in the two hundred years of white settlement. Professor Burton, president of the Soil and Water Conservation Association, says that many people believe that original inhabitants of Australia were natural conservationists, however there is ample evidence that their use of fire-stick as a hunting and vegetation management tool had significant ecological effects. The first state soil conservation agency came into being only fifty years ago in New South Wales. There is evidence of an increasingly widespread community and Government awareness of the scope and intensity of the land degradation problem, particularly in the last decade. WISALTS had its first meeting in Quairading, just ten years ago, as a group effort by farmers in Western Australia to fight against land degradation.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1988 Elders Weekly
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/60718
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