National Library of Australia

Due to the need to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) the Library building and reading rooms are closed to visitors until further notice.
The health and safety of our community is of great importance to us and we look forward to staying connected with you online.

<< Previous record  /  Next record >>
Record 9 of 14
You must be logged in to Tag Records
Firestick ecology : fairdinkum science in plain English / Vic Jurskis
Bib ID 6939539
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Author
Jurskis, Vic, author
 
Description Ballarat, Victoria : Conor Court Publishing Pty Ltd, [2015] 
©2015 
xiii, 355 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm 
ISBN 9781925138740 (paperback)
Summary

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.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-355)

Subjects Nature -- Effect of human beings on -- Australia.  |  Fire ecology -- Australia.  |  Natural history -- Australia.  |  Shifting cultivation -- Australia.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Agriculture.  |  Agriculture -- Australia.  |  Plants - Acacias.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture - Pastoral industry.  |  Plants - Grasses.  |  Environment - Land management - Soil resources.  |  Economic sectors - Agriculture and horticulture.  |  Animals - Mammals - Marsupial megafauna.  |  Environment - Climate and weather - Bush fires.  |  Indigenous knowledge - Ecology.  |  Environment - Land management - Fire.  |  Plants - Eucalypts.  |  Environment - Conservation - Environmental impact studies.  |  Environment - Conservation - Forests.  |  Environment - Conservation - Ecologically sustainable development.  |  Environment - Resource management.  |  Environment - Land management - Rehabilitation.  |  Murray River (SW WA SI50-02)  |  Australia.  |  Darling River (NSW SH55, SI54)  |  Tasmania (Tas)  |  Australian

Online

    In the Library

    Request this item to view in the Library's reading rooms using your library card. To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video Help Video.

    Details Collect From
    NL 2015-9287
    Copy: NL pbk
    Main Reading Room

    Order a copy

    - Copyright or permission restrictions may apply. We will contact you if necessary.

    Help Video To learn more about Copies Direct watch this short online video Help Video.
    close Can I borrow items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close What can I get online?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    close Can I get copies of items from the Library?

    You need Flash player 8+ and JavaScript enabled to view this video embedded.

    You can view this on the NLA website.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags
    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and other First Nations people are advised that this catalogue contains names, recordings and images of deceased people and other content that may be culturally sensitive. Please also be aware that you may see certain words or descriptions in this catalogue which reflect the author’s attitude or that of the period in which the item was created and may now be considered offensive.