Posts Tagged ‘feral pigs’
Every second year one of our guides departs for Europe and the Annual Pig conference. Over 32 years Peter (Piggy) Heise-Pavlov has studied feral pigs and with a doctorate under his belt, he is one of the best informed scientists on this subject, that I have met. Cooper Creek Wilderness is privileged to have Piggy working with us. Between jaunts to other countries to deliver papers on feral pigs and his latest interest, feral cats in Cyprus, Piggy has written an entertaining book entitled “2,000 Feral Pigs My Part in their Downfall.”
With hilarious cartoons by David Daniel and the wonderful rainforest poetry of Celia Berrell, liberally woven through the text, the book is a great read.
Cattle grazing has been identified as detrimental to World Heritage values, by potentially initiating soil erosion, altering under-storey vegetation and fire regimes. Cattle grazing has also been associated with the introduction of weed species such as pasture crops and assisting in the spread of other weeds.
The Wet Tropics grazing policy is to phase out cattle grazing within the WHA as leases expire unless there is a demonstrated benefit for World Heritage management and no prudent and feasible alternatives are available. Some grazing is already being phased out under the State Forest transfer program.