Rangeland describes land that is expansive and that hasn’t experienced a large amount of change from European settlement.
Australia’s outback is mainly rangeland country – that’s 80 per cent of our landscape – while more than 90 per cent of the area within NQ Dry Tropics is rangeland that’s privately owned or leased for cattle grazing.
These rangelands are home to high levels of biodiversity with many native plants and animals. Rangelands are made up of many different soil types – as the soil types change so too do the type of trees, grasses and shrubs that grow on them.
While rangelands are comparatively untouched compared to farmland, NQ Dry Tropics recognises the support land managers need to look after them to maintain the natural balance and provide an income.
These are some of the ways NQ Dry Tropics can help land managers:
- Funding from Reef Rescue – this program is designed to improve the quality of water leaving agricultural lands and entering the Great Barrier Reef.
- Publications: We have a variety of publications to help people understand how to care for rangelands.
Healthy Land Yarn - Traditional Owners have long had connections with rangelands and Healthy Land Yarn explains how to identify them.
Land Condition Photo Standards – These photo standards help land managers understand what healthy rangelands look like across many different land types and how to monitor them.
Healthy Grazing Country Indicators: Native Plants and Animals – This booklet shows how biodiversity is beneficial in maintaining a sustainable grazing enterprise that endures seasons.
Burdekin Water Quality Improvement Plan – This publication provides a series of guidelines for managing water quality in this region.
Call NQ Dry Tropics if you want more information on how we can help you look after your rangelands 07 4724 3544.