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Coix Cane Grass grows in dense tussocks to 2m high.

As one of the first grasses to respond to wet season rains, it is important cattle feed.

Cockatoo Grass is short, grey-green periennial with a golden hairy base.

Presence of seeding Cockatoo Grass shows country is healthy with little pig damage and low cattle impact.

The Cape York Cycad is a single trunked plant that grows to approximately 4m on sandy soil in messmate woodlands.

Presnce of this Cycad indicates a diverse environment with limited disturbance by grazing animals, plant collectors or weeds, and a well managed fire regime.

Buff-breasted Button-quail are small ground feeding birds that nest in the grass layers.  The presence of these ground nesting birds indicate fires have been well managed in storm burns.

The plant and animal species of Cape York Penisula can show whether the country is healthy and being managed sustainably.

This booklet, produced by Tropical Savannas CRC for Cape York Peninsula Pastoralists Landcare, explores fire management issues in central Cape York Peninsula. It describes the main country types and their grazing and wildlife values, as well as optimum fire management for maintaining them. It uses the make believe property, Pretend Plains, to demonstrate best practice fire management for cattle grazing, taking conservation into account, and provides a calendar for planning fire activities.

It can be downloaded as a complete document, or in separate sections:

A dry season calendar plan for fire management in Central Cape York Peninsula.

A fire management plan designed for a model property on Cape York Peninsuala.

Guidelines for fire management over various types of grazing country across Cape York Peninsuala.

Protecting feed stocks, animals and wildlife, as well as the probable thickening of existing vegetation, are things to consider when using fire in the dry season.