Claims land is being cleared at an unprecedented rate in the Mackenzie

Concerns have been raised about land clearance in the Mackenzie Basin.

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(Concerns have been raised about land clearance in the Mackenzie Basin.)

The rapid clearance of land in the Mackenzie Basin is causing “permanent harm” to the landscape, an ecologist says.

Politicians have waded into the battle over the environmental impact of land conversion in the district, as the Mackenzie District Council prepares to head to court over the issue.

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