Saturday, May 07, 2005

Old ways meet new in national park ecosystem plan

A combination of modern science and traditional techniques could be the key to preserving the ecosystems on Cape York Peninsula.

Environmental scientist Peta Standley is working with traditional land owners who are being allowed to use burning regimes on the Cape, in far north Queensland, for the first time in decades.

The Kuku Thaypan Knowledge Project allows burning in Lakefield National Park.

Ms Standley says the project could help with weed control and biodiversity and bird population declines.

"So the whole idea is we're hoping that once these regimes start to be re-implemented that we will start to see changes in bringing back species that are sort of in decline like cockatoo grass and golden shoulder parrots and other fauna," she said.

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