The GRDC is addressing the question of where native vegetation fits into the industry's environmental management practices.

Left: Mixed farming operators in Harden Shire, southern NSW, with less than 3 per cent original native vegetation, have been losing productive areas to waterlogging and salinity. Strategic tree belts like this one on 'Bobbara' are reported to be showing results in controlling some soil water profiles.

The GRDC is addressing the question of where native vegetation fits into the industry's environmental management practices.

In this issue, Ground Cover showcases some recent work (and some opinions) involving native vegetation and land management, supported variously by GRDC and the WA Department of Agriculture, Land and Water Australia, CSIRO, landcare groups and environmental organisations. Ground Cover hopes these reports help stimulate discussion and debate on research needs and will follow next issue with a focus on agroforestry.

Starting on p3 and p11 you will find more on our special feature on soils, agricultural land and native vegetation.