Darling Downs farmers use indigenous burning to heal land
RESPECTED indigenous land management expert Victor Steffensen will be in the Millmerran area next week teaching landholders and rangers about tradition burning methods use to control weeds and reduce fire hazards.
Millmerran Landcare organiser Rebecca Kirby invited a team of indigenous rangers to shadow Mr Steffensen in the hopes to training a pool of local talent.
Her aim is to reduce landholders' reliance on pesticide and ploughing as way to control weeds.
It is hoped regular burns would also reduce the fuel load and help take the heat out of the summer fire season.
"The dream is to have 1200 indigenous rangers in Australia," Ms Kirby said.
Mr Steffensen's tour will take in the Cypress Gardens area that was savaged by fire in early December.
After six months Black Wattle is the only plant species to have returned.
Ms Kirby said that was hardly surprising.
"The reason wattle comes back because the land is bare," she said.
"I want to get Mr Steffensen's opinion on what we can do but the hard part is if there are no grasses than we will have to do a lot of prep work before the burn."
Ms Kirby said this would involve mulching or cutting down the young wattle plants and leaving them to dry.
Indigenous burning practice has become a popular alternative for reducing bushfire risks and Ms Kirby said she is fielding an increasing number of requested from Darling Downs landholders who are keen to learn more.
"We have been doing this type of burning for a couple of months, but you have to do it when the land is ready.
"Around Cecil Plains, that box country was ready in March and April.
"The bull oak country is ready from now onwards."