Soil conservation guidelines

Queensland’s intense and episodic rainfall and the inherent instability of many of our soils mean that our State will always be prone to a high risk of erosion.

It is not surprising that the early rapid unplanned and comparatively uncontrolled exploitation of Queensland’s natural resources had detrimental consequences for the landscape. By 1950, large areas of cropping land in Queensland had become so badly eroded that they were no longer able to be cultivated.

Thanks to the efforts of a couple of generations of Queensland farmers and professional soil conservationists considerable progress has been made since then.

However it is important that we continue to be vigilant.

These soil conservation guidelines have been created to provide practical information and tools for anyone with an interest in soil conservation. They will be particularly useful for farmers, NRM regional groups, Landcare groups, consultants, Local governments, State agencies, and agribusiness. Whilst they have been written with Queensland in mind, these Guidelines contain information that will undoubtedly be useful to people facing similar issues elsewhere.

The Soil Conservation Guidelines for Queensland (3rd edition) can be downloaded chapter by chapter from the Queensland Publications Portal.