Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Range management, Vegetation, Surveys, Kimberley region (W.A.), Pilbara region (W.A.), Western Australia

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Western Australia's rangelands are those parts of the State, excluding deserts, where inadequate rainfall prohibits their development for a cultivated agriculture. About 980,000 sq. km of these rangelands are held as pastoral leasehold land, with a total of 450 individual station businesses. These native pasture lands support about 2.5 million sheep and 850,000 cattle. The rangelands can be divided into three main natural regions, each of which has a distinct climate and vegetation. These are the Kimberley region; the north-western spinifex region, which includes the Pilbara; and the Acacia shrubland region of the Gascoyne, Murchison, Goldfields and Nullarbor areas. This is the first in a series of articles in the Journal of Agriculture on research by the Department of Agriculture's Rangeland Management Branch.

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