Congratulations to the Organising Committee of the 21st Biennial Australian Rangeland Society Conference held in Longreach in October. It’s hard to appreciate just how much work occurred behind the scenes to successfully deliver this event.
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The 21st biennial rangelands conference was held from 5 – 8 October 2021, in-person and on-line from the Longreach Civic & Cultural Centre in the heart of Queensland’s rangelands. The conference was co-hosted with Desert Channels Queensland, and was badged as the ‘NRM in the Rangelands Conference’, with the theme ‘Shaping our Future’.
A number of presentations were awarded prizes and certificates after the NRM Conference in Longreach. Check out who impressed the judges here!
Monitoring, and using the results of monitoring to guide decision making, is a key component of a successful management objective in rangelands. Improving Tactical Decision Making (ITDM) combined with graziers’ knowledge of their property can be used to develop a grazing management program that will address pasture productivity and sustainability.
Thanks to the stewardship of landholders, the Australian rangelands are home to some of the world’s last remaining ecologically intact landscapes. This presents an important environmental conservation opportunity to secure protection for these natural assets while supporting private landowners to manage ecological threats.
The quest for pasture plants better suited to modern domestic livestock industries than native pastures goes on. What can we learn from the attempts of the last century?
Are you interested in the rangelands and also have social media skills? The Australian Rangeland Society is seeking a new Social Media Editor to manage our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram social media accounts.
The International Grassland and Rangeland Congress hosted by Kenya, finished at the end of October 2021 and it achieved a number of firsts.
During the IRC/IGC Congress, the IYRP met to reflect on the gaps in knowledge about rangelands and how this could inform future priorities.
With the recent joint IRC/IGC coming to an end, attention is now turning to the XII International Rangeland Congress to be held in Adelaide in June 2025.
The International Grassland Congress has become a large international event attended by about 1000 delegates representing more than 80 countries. The history of the Congress has recently been documented and the publication is now available for download.
SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE RANGELAND JOURNAL – MANAGING DROUGHT AND IMPROVING BUSINESS RESILIENCE IN AUSTRALIAN RANGELANDS
A Special Issue of The Rangeland Journal has recently been released focussing on ‘Managing drought and improving business resilience in Australian rangelands’. Read the abstracts from these papers here.
Did you know that ARS members have access to the full archive of The Rangeland Journal? This includes recently accepted papers that may not appear in the hard copy for some time. Read more about how to access the latest articles here.
It seems to have been raining a lot in many parts of Australia in the last few months and it is well known that a La Nina event has recently been declared. Check out the latest rainfall and outlook maps here.
Applications are now open for funding from the Future Drought Fund’s Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes program to support drought resilient land management practices. Be quick – applications close on 11 January 2022.
Jayne Cuddihy has recently been appointed as the ARS’s Website Manager. Read more about Jayne’s background and busy life here.
Did you know that CSIRO Publishing has a fabulous range of both kids and adults science books which would make fabulous gifts for family and friends? And did you also know ARS members can obtain a 20% discount on print books when purchasing via the CSIRO Publishing website?
In this digital age there seems to be an ever-increasing number of outlets to get news and information about what is happening in the rangelands. Here are some interesting articles you may have missed in recent months.
Don’t forget to renew your ARS membership for 2022. We need to have a strong membership so that we can support our normal activities, our publications and our Biennial Conferences.
I hope you have enjoyed reading the last issue of the Range Management Newsletter for 2021. It has been a good year for the newsletter for a number of reasons.