Rangelands surveys – Western Australia

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Rangeland surveys in Western Australia provide land managers, advisers and administrators with a baseline inventory of the existence and condition of the area’s resources to assist with planning and implementing land management. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has surveyed and reported on 14 rangeland areas since 1972.

Why we survey these rangeland areas

These surveys can help pastoral industry managers to plan and manage for sustainable use of pastoral natural resources, and protect degraded areas or areas at risk of degradation.

The surveys:

  • identified and described the condition of soils, landforms, vegetation, habitat, ecosystems, and declared plants and animals
  • assessed the impact of pastoralism
  • recommended land management, including recommended carrying capacities, for each pastoral lease.

The areas surveyed

Most of Western Australia’s rangeland pastoral leases have been surveyed and published (see below with publication date). The remaining areas – pastoral leases in the Southern Goldfields region and to the north-east of Wiluna–Meekatharra – will be surveyed and published in the next few years.

Completed surveys

Contact information

Peter-Jon Waddell
+61 (0)8 9368 3421
Matthew Fletcher
+61 (0)8 9166 4019