A survey of farmers attitudes to native vegetation and landcare in the wheatbelt of Western Australia
National Research and Development Program on Rehabilitation, Management and Conservation of Remnant Vegetation, Research report 3/98
Suzanne Jenkins, for Agriculture Western Australia and Department of Conservation and Land Management
Environment Australia, 1998
ISBN 0 6425 4003 9 ISSN 0729–3135
- Native vegetation on farms survey 1996 - Full report (PDF - 1,491 KB)
- Preface, Contents, Executive summary & Chapter 1: Introduction (PDF - 422 KB)
- Chapter 2: The shires (PDF - 654 KB)
- Chapters 3: Historical and ecological context of survey, 4: Evaluating the impact of different methods of valuation, & 5: Demographics (PDF - 447 KB)
- Chapters 6: Farming experience and farm plans, 7: Native vegetation, replanting and land degradation, & 8: Attitudes to and management of native vegetation (PDF - 469 KB)
- Chapters 9: Incentives for bushland care and replanting, 10: Farmers' comments, and 11: A comparison of the survey data and agricultural census data (PDF - 386 KB)
- Chapters 12: Conclusions, & 13: References (PDF - 329 KB)
- Appendices (PDF - 523 KB)
About the report
The Native vegetation on farms survey 1996 was performed to assess the attitudes of farmers to a number of issues related to native vegetation on farmland, the replanting of vegetation on farms and land degradation. Research has shown that it is important for a proportion of all farmland to have some native vegetation for ecological stability, to regulate hydrological processes and for long-term sustainability of farm production. Extensive clearing of farms for agriculture has resulted in severe disruption of natural systems including local extinctions of flora and fauna, the alteration of groundwater movements, increasing soil salinisation, wind and water erosion and soil structure degradation.
The survey was conducted in early 1996 in the southern Western Australian shires of Pingelly, Lake Grace, Dumbleyung, Tammin and Kellerberrin. One hundred and forty-five farmers were surveyed, the majority of whom farmed wheat and sheep. It is, in part, a repeat of a survey that was performed in 1986 addressing similar issues. It is anticipated that the findings of this survey will be of interest to a variety of individuals and groups involved with farming, revegetation of farmland, conservation and policy making.