The Gulf Fire project is being conducted under the umbrella of
the Tropical Savannas CRC and is a collaborative effort between the
Queensland Department of Primary Industries, CSIRO, Meat and
Livestock Australia, the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group,
Rural Fires and landholders. The project began in 2002, and is
testing the use of fire to manage woody species in the Gulf
Savanna. Two main species were targeted by the study: breadfruit (
Gardenia vilhelmii ) and gutta percha ( Excoecaria
parvifolia ) as well as yellow-woods ( Terminalia spp.),
eucalypts and acacias. Breadfruit is a small straggly tree that
grows to about 7 m high and is found on red earths, granites and
gravelly soils. Gutta percha is a straggly shrub growing to 6 m
high and preferring heavier (clay) soils. The two species tend not
to occur together.
Unlike some other Australian rangelands, including other regions
of tropical savannas and woodlands, fire is quite broadly accepted
by the pastoral community of the Gulf savannas as a useful
management tool for woody plant control.
The project team has had no difficulty locating sites that
landholders are prepared to burn as part of the program. This has
made it relatively easy to develop a network of study sites through
which the scientific and pastoral communities can together broaden
their experience of fire in the Gulf savannas. The selected
sites—five core sites and 10 satellite sites—are all
located on working cattle properties, and are spread widely across
the northern Gulf savannas from east of Mt Surprise to north of
Normanton. Together they represent considerable diversity of soils,
vegetation, climate, grazing and fire history and general land
from: Kernot, J. 2005, 'Fire may provide relief to shrub
increase', Savanna Links, Issue 31,
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