Editor/writer Ron Geatz profiled Australia’s Fish River Station, a 700-sq.-mi. former ranch that was purchased with the expressed intent of returning it to its aboriginal communities, in a recent Nature Conservancy magazine article entitled “Home Country.” Geatz explains that this is the first time that land has been purchased for this purpose, but it may be a sign of things to come. “There is a real appreciation for the fact that aboriginal management can help restore the land to help itself,” Geatz says. “What we’re seeing [across Australia] are these massive wildfires, which are destructive to people, livestock [and] native plants and animals. That is probably the biggest effect that ranching has had on Australia.”

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