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Discusses options for development of forestry for socio-economic benefits for Wik people on Cape York Peninsula

Venn T.J. (2004) "Visions and Realities for a Wik Forestry Industry on Cape York Peninsula, Australia" Small-scale Forest Economics, Management and Policy, 3, pp.421-451.

“Places were open plains and are now encroached with thickening. They increase every year. Now we can’t look up the plain areas. It is not a plain anymore- it has now thickened up”

This paper outlines efforts by Kaanju families to develop a comprehensive framework for the management of traditional lands and their associated resources on Kaanju homelands.

Traditional fire management is being practiced in Cape York’s Lakefield National Park for the first time in decades. The Kuku Thaypan Traditional Knowledge Recording Project (TKRP) has enabled traditional owners to re-introduce therapeutic burning regimes, whilst documenting the bush wisdom that underpins these practices. The involvement of a JCU Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Science student is bringing the assets of contemporary scientific analysis to the process.

Low intensity cattle grazing is the dominant land-use across the tropical savannas of northern Australia. The
‘undeveloped’ nature of the north has fostered the perception that our tropical savannas are relatively intact.
However, evidence of widespread collapse of key faunal groups continues to accumulate.

What and Where

Parthenium ( Parthenium hysterophorus ) is a native of North and South America first found in Queensland in 1955. It is now well established central Queensland, extending as far west as Longreach and into the north and south of the state.

Developing guidelines to better manage grazing country.

Control of rubber vine programs need to be planned. It is useful to know what help you can expect from government, how to tackle the problems—and if there is ever a time which you can relax your vigilance. The purpose of this information is to help you develop an effective plan to manage rubber vine.

Polly wanna peanut?

The peanut growers of Lakeland in Cape York have found an innovative way to stop Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos ( Calyptorhynchus banksii ) from eating their peanut crops - they grow a field of peanuts specifically for the cockatoos.

Growers had suffered significant losses to the birds, who have been visiting the area for hundreds of years to eat seeds from bloodwood trees, and have in recent years developed a liking for peanuts. Growers were forced to shoot birds to scare them away, but the birds invariably returned. Killing birds didn't work.

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: