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Technical annual report 2000-01



Technical annual report 2000-01


Dept. of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical annual report; Department of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources technical and annual report; Reports; PublicationNT; Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295




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Technical bulletin (Northern Territory. Dept. of Primary Industry and Fisheries) ; no. 295



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Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries 262 PROJECT: Sustainable Fire Management in the Victoria River District and Sturt Plateau Project Officer: A. Johnson Project Location: Sturt Plateau and VRD Objective: To develop and promote sustainable fire management practices across the Victoria River District and Sturt Plateau. This will largely involve the production of calibrated maps from satellite imagery detailing fuel conditions and areas at high fire risk. Background: The use of fire in the grasslands of Northern Australia has changed dramatically with changing land use. The suppression of fire on black soil grasslands has led to the increase in woody vegetation, and a build-up of old rank fuels unsuitable for productive grazing. On the other hand, areas with less grazing importance such as sandstone communities are being burnt more often and many fire sensitive species such as obligate seeders are declining due to the presence of regular hot fires. This project aims to address these issues and promote regional strategic burning practices to promote and protect biodiversity whilst also maintaining productive rangeland condition. Strategic burning practices are often unsuccessful due to missing the window of opportunity for optimal burning conditions. The use of satellite imagery to remotely assess fuel conditions (fuel curing and fuel loads) will enable better timing of controlled burns. Results: The project is now completed, and a final report, multi-media CD and Fuel Curing Guide have been produced. PROJECT: Development of a Grazing Land Management Education Program for Northern Australia Project Officers: N. MacDonald, R. Dyer, T. Oxley and M. Cobiac Project Location: Katherine, VRD, Roper River, Sturt Plateau Objective: To develop a Grazing Land Management (GLM) learning product that provides participants with the understanding and tools required to: Competently manage the natural resources. Enhance enterprise profitability. Demonstrate their stewardship and duty of care. Background: Sustainable and productive management of grazing lands is a high priority for the beef industry of northern Australia. However, there has been growing frustration with the accessibility and uptake of information from R&D that should assist with sound, ecologically based management of those grazing lands. This poor uptake is largely due to a failure to integrate, validate and effectively deliver our knowledge.