By George Main
How will we see and relate to the rural heartlands of Australia? may perhaps other ways of imagining and fascinating with rural areas let ecological and social regeneration? In Heartland, George major takes us on a trip in the course of the kingdom of his adolescence to discover the cultural and ancient dynamics accountable for ecological switch and ailment around the southwest slopes of recent South Wales.
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From an early age, Alec had taken a deep interest in natural history and in the bush. He asked the elderly men what the country had looked like when they were young. There was no forest across the Jindalee hillsides in the 1860s, the old farmers told him. Stock grazed grassy expanses peppered with ancient eucalypts. Some of the old trees had trunks eight feet wide. Alec knew a place in the forest where, years before, workers had felled a huge tree with a crosscut saw. The old stump was much wider than the trunks of trees growing there now.
In the late 1940s, he worked in the kitchen of the Silver Star café in Hearlandtext3 22/6/05 3:51 PM Page 33 mastery ( 33 ) Cootamundra, owned by his cousins. About once a month, two retired farmers arrived by train from Stockinbingal and lunched at the café. From an early age, Alec had taken a deep interest in natural history and in the bush. He asked the elderly men what the country had looked like when they were young. There was no forest across the Jindalee hillsides in the 1860s, the old farmers told him.
Resilient plants, eucalypts usually produce fresh shoots beneath debarked rings. In 1908 George Sutton, manager of the Government Experimental Farm near the Lachlan River at Cowra, northeast of Young, advised new farmers on the western slopes of the need to remove the ‘suckers’ and thereby stop ringbarked trees regrowing. Axes shaved away emerging branches and leaves. 66 Occasionally there was no need to return and remove suckers. 68 Ringbarking, he proposed, allowed graziers to boost sheep numbers fourfold.