Posts Tagged ‘buffel grass

How to work the rain and beat the buffel

Dec 07, 2012 | Discuss

How to work the rain and beat the buffel

From Alice Springs Landcare A new book is available for people who are managing Buffel Grass to regenerate local native plants. The Alice Springs Bush Regeneration Handbook is a book in two parts: a practical guide for controlling Buffel Grass, and a plant identification guide featuring 150 plants that regenerate after rain. Buffel Grass is a well known introduced grass that is now widespread in Central Australia. Although it is not difficult to treat, there are a number of factors that make imp...Read more

Alice: between green and black

Nov 22, 2012 | Discuss

Alice: between green and black

For a few days at least, Alice Springs is green again. Isn’t it a welcome change? Well yes, but … Behind the millions of regenerating clumps of grass that cover the town’s hillsides, another story is ready to unfold. This week’s total fire ban across the Centre was the teaser. A couple of months ago, I watched as a bushfire swept across the low foothills of the MacDonnell Ranges that run through the north side of the town. The hills come down to a line of houses that marks the longes...Read more

Burning Issues 3: A pastoral meditation

Apr 13, 2012 | Discuss

Burning Issues 3: A pastoral meditation

It seems more than mere months ago that the threat of fire – and the reality – almost overtook law and order as the apparently major shared preoccupation of Centralians. Spurts of rain and cool weather spared us a summer as tense and fiery as the Spring was. For that we are all truly thankful, but let’s hope not complacent. In fact, our sudden change in fortunes highlights the biggest problem with dealing with fire in the post-buffel reality of modern Central Australia. Top End seasons are...Read more