Jack Logan has seen plenty of change in soils and landscapes in his 94 years

At 94, soil management expert Jack Logan has seen the impact of many droughts and flooding rains on the Australian landscape.

In his role with the Soil Conservation Service (SCS), he dedicated his career to working with landholders to improve and prepare their farmland in readiness for the variables of nature.

Mr Logan’s work involved trialling various grasses and helping farmers survey their farmland for contour work to enable water to flow through without eroding the land.

“We were working with farmers all the time. At one stage I was involved a lot with what was called the Farm Planning Scheme,” he said.

“I would have an aerial photograph of a farm and worked out a plan with the farmer about where fences could go, where waterways could go, and what crop rotations they could use on various paddocks.”

Overrun by rabbits

Mr Logan was working in Wellington, in the New South Wales central-west in 1946 and recalls the season then was dry, much as is being experienced now.

This is the earliest photo the Soil Conservation Service has of a bull dozer working up land.

This is the earliest photo the Soil Conservation Service has of a bull dozer working up land.

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