Books for Nature Lovers
Karooveld Ecology and Management
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Review By: Afgriland - Mrt/April 2013

Land users in the Karoo earn a living in a harsh and capricious environment. The unpredictability of the weather, together with the unusual vegetation of the region, make livestock farming and other enterprises more challenging than in other parts of South Africa. This guide provides general management approaches for a wide geographical area, stretching from the vygie veld of Namaqualand in the west and the mixed veld types of the Great Karoo to the grassier veld types of Cradock and Fauresmith in the east. 

This guide offers assistance to the practical and ambitious land-user to apply eco-friendly veld management and to evaluate the effects of grazing and restoration on the veld. It will also be useful to prospective land-users who need to estimate the potential and suitability of land for a planned enterprise before making the investment. 

It also includes useful information on the palatability of common Karoo plants, invasive alien weeds, large stock unit equivalents for small stock and game, and a brief picture reference guide to the more common Karoo plants.

  • 224-page soft cover book
  • Includes 200 colour photographs, figures and maps
  • Authored by Karen J Esler, Sue J Milton and W Richard J Dean
  • Also available in Afrikaans as Karooveld – Ekologie en Bestuur

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