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Firestick ecology : fairdinkum science in plain English

Author: Vic Jurskis
Publisher: Ballarat, Vic : Connor Court Publishing, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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Aborigines came to Australia and burnt out most of the trees and bushes. The megafauna starved whilst eucalypts, herbs, grasses and mesofauna flourished. The ancient culture survived an ice age, global warming and hugely rising seas, forging economies in woodlands and deserts. Europeans doused the firestick, woodlands turned to scrub, mesofauna perished, megafires and tree-eaters irrupted. Foresters rekindled the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vic Jurskis
ISBN: 9781925138740 1925138747
OCLC Number: 918594751
Description: xiii, 355 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Science --
2. ecological history --
3. how things were --
3a. how things were again --
4. how things changed --
5. if there is no balance of nature, how can it be disturbed? --
6. rarity, decline and pestilence --
7. the wilderness myth --
8. human fires, megafires, paramilitaries and global warming enthusiasts --
8a. fire research. 9. the alleged evils of grazing --
10. Murray-Darling madness --
11. saving forests that never were --
12. rainforest, wet sclerophyll and scrub --
12a. how Aborigines most likely made Australia --
13. the big jump --
13a. of prickly pear and other stuff --
14. imaginary problems and real crises --
14a. the magic pudding --
15. firestick ecology.
Responsibility: Vic Jurskis.

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Aborigines came to Australia and burnt out most of the trees and bushes. The megafauna starved whilst eucalypts, herbs, grasses and mesofauna flourished. The ancient culture survived an ice age, global warming and hugely rising seas, forging economies in woodlands and deserts. Europeans doused the firestick, woodlands turned to scrub, mesofauna perished, megafires and tree-eaters irrupted. Foresters rekindled the firestick and greens stole it. Megafires and declines are back with a vengeance whilst ecologists dream-up reasons not to burn. Ecological history shows that we must apply the firestick frequently, willingly and skillfully to restore a healthy, safe environment and economy.

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