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The rapid development of the central wheatbelt for agriculture over the past century has produced a productive farming landscape, but one which is increasingly subject to degradation. Erosion, salinization, declining soil structure, waterlogging and acidification are all symptoms of this degradation and causes of lost agricultural production. In addition, most of the native vegetation and many of the native animals have disappeared, and the natural heritage of the area resides in small scattered patches that together make up only seven per cent of the wheatbelt region.
Many farmers now recognize that replanting trees and shrubs is an effective means of reversing many of the current trends towards land degradation. However, advice on how to go about revegetation, where to plant and which species to use has been hard to obtain.
This guide is an attempt to redress this by providing lists of local species grouped according to soil types. It also provides a summary of current knowledge of revegetation methods. It has been put together using information from many sources including farmers, foresters, botanists and ecologists. It has been developed as a direct result of a workshop organized by CSIRO Division.
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Revegetation plants, Seeds, Birds, Wheatbelt region (W.A.), Western Australia
Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Botany | Soil Science
Lefroy, E C, Hobbs, R J, Atkins, L J, Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, and CSIRO, Division of Wildlife and Ecology. (1991), Revegetation guide to the central wheatbelt. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4231.
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