Re: birding-aus Land Clearing QLD

To: Birding-aus <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Land Clearing QLD
Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1999 09:38:58 +1100
It is almost 10 years since the European Union started to PAY
farmers to set aside land because of over-production. It
provided a convenient way in the UK, I believe, of adding to the
protection of sites valuable to birds etc.

Circumstances here are different and a scheme like this could be
even more important, eg. there is evidence that increasing the
amount of cleared land REDUCES stock-carrying capacity and that
retaining some native vegetation REDUCES costs (see that article
in Wingspan earlier this year about "Lanark").

But of course government intervention (and funding) to achieve
this sort of thing is opposed by most of the free market
non-intervention politicians who've got used to lazy, mindless
ways of governing.

Michael Norris

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