Give the land a break, and have some confidence in resilience

5826442-1x1-700x700The ability of the bush to bounce back after extensive grazing cannot be guaranteed. A farmer from Sanderson in the foothills of the South Australian Mt Lofty Ranges, Brenton Newman, had more faith than that and destocked his land to give it chance to recover. However the devastating Eden Valley bushfire burnt through 95% of the property last year, potentially derailing the early stages of recovery. Almost one year on, the land, which is still destocked, is showing amazing signs of recovery and recolonisation by native species.

Click here to view a good news story by Simon Royal for the ABC 7:30 report

Click here to view original story (and here) just after the devastating fire had ripped through the property


About Prof Andy Lowe

Prof Andy Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert on plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered new species, lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Andy is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation at the University of Adelaide serving as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and the world.
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4 Responses to Give the land a break, and have some confidence in resilience

  1. Pip Marks says:

    Great story. One thing though – Restocked or destocked? Interesting question in the news clip: “Do you still call me a farmer when I have no sheep?”

  2. Andy Lowe says:

    thanks, corrected now

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