Rangelands

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development works with landholders in Western Australia’s rangeland regions to achieve sustainability through catchment and regional-scale monitoring, providing advice on how to address existing issues, and through developing and improving sustainable production systems.

Our rangelands are complex and extensive ecosystems that are managed by a diverse range of individuals, families and corporations. About three-quarters of Australia is classified as rangelands, with WA’s rangeland region extending across a variety of climatic and resource conditions.

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  • Saltwater couch (Sporobolus virginicus) is one of many plant species found in the Western Australian rangelands. This page provides a summary of the plant's value for pastoralism.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development uses the following definitions for terms used in our rangeland management publications.

  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Flooding in the Gascoyne River Catchment during the summer of 2010–11 caused the loss of an estimated 9 million tonnes of soil from erosion, and a damage bill of about $90 million.

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) supports pastoral industries in Western Australia by supporting market development, providing information, and assessing change

  • Land conservation district committees (LCDCs) are statutory committees appointed by the Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation to administer land conservation districts in accordance with an Or

  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Fire is integral to many ecosystems in the Western Australian rangelands.

  • Pastoral rangelands provide a range of benefits in addition to pastoralism: tourism, ecological services, mining, and cultural and heritage values for Indigenous people.

  • Buffel and birdwood grasses (Cenchrus ciliaris and C. setiger) are introduced species found in the Western Australian rangelands.

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