Fire stick farmed volcanic soils
Detail of A Plan of the General Survey, showing firestick-farmed volcanic soils.Contributors
Department of Primary Industries
Department of Primary Industries, Core Library, Werribee, Victoria.
The main tool of Aboriginal landscape management was the firestick.
The map reveals to us an Aboriginal landscape shaped over many generations by deliberate decision, expert knowledge and precise technical intervention.
Areas of good soil were regularly and carefully burned to create grasslands or open woodlands, to encourage the breeding of kangaroos and emus and the growth of murnong (yam daisy) and other edible plants.