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Aboriginal Techniques to Vegetation Management

Australia’s First Nations community has been caring for country, implementing land management practices with the use of traditional burning, fishing traps and sowing and storing plants. Aboriginal people have essentially created a sustainable system that supplied them with the food they needed.

Upon arrival, the Europeans brought unconventional farming practices to Australia. These environmental practices inevitably caused erosion and salinity over time. Many historical European practices of Indigenous land management have faded — today we have strong recognition of the Indigenous people and their sophisticated sustainable agricultural systems. These practices are continuously growing to aid towards the damage caused by unconventional farming.

Aboriginal communities have used fire across country — creating a vast grassland on firm foundation, thus encouraging kangaroos to inhabit and later be captured for food. Historians believe that careful consideration of burning is a large part of Indigenous knowledge of the land.

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