Rangelands

WHAT ARE RANGELANDS?


More than 75% of Australia is broadly defined as rangelands. This includes a diverse group of relatively undisturbed ecosystems such as tropical savannas, woodlands, shrublands and grasslands. Rangelands extend across low rainfall and variable climates, including arid, semi-arid, and some seasonally high rainfall areas. Extensive grazing on native pastures occurs across the rangelands while broadscale cropping and cultivation generally do not take place.

Rangelands are important in terms of:

  • Biodiversity – the rangelands represent the largest group of the nation’s ecosystems remaining in a relatively natural condition.
  • Income – much of Australia’s mineral wealth is derived from the rangelands. Cattle, sheep and wool production and tourism also generate income.
  • Social and cultural heritage – the rangeland landscape is an intrinsic element of the social heritage of its towns and communities.
  • Sub-artesian water sources and major river systems – the rangelands are spread over large artesian and sub-artesian water sources and major river systems.
  • Clean and green food and fibre production – mainly chemical-free production and the harvest of wild animal and plant products.
  • Carbon storage – contribute to meeting Australia’s international obligations for climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.

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RANGELANDS

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RANGELAND BUSINESS PLANNING

RANGELAND SYSTEMS

MULTIPLE USE MANAGEMENT

LANDSCAPE PROCESSES

DIVERSIFICATION

RANGELAND CULTURAL & HERITAGE

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