Victoria Government Pushes for Alpine Grazing Return06 December 2013
AUSTRALIA – An application to reintroduce alpine cattle grazing after a seven year ban has been submitted by the Victorian government.
A three year grazing trial in the Wonnangatta Valley is awaiting approval from federal Environment minister, Greg Hunt.
Biodiversity degradation was cited as a reason for blocking mountainous grazing, by the previous Labor government, said the Guardian.
If approved, the decision will restart 170 years of upland grazing.
Contrastingly, supporters of the trial say it will reduce natural fires by removing fire fuel and invasive weeds.
“If we can assess that grazing does reduce fuel loads then we’d certainly consider using grazing more broadly,” Victoria’s Environment Minister Ryan Smith told The Guardian. “If grazing can reduce fuel loads while having a minimum environmental impact, then I’ll consider grazing as a tool I can use.”
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