March 2013
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the March 2013 edition of our eNews! This is our sixth eNews since we started producing them in October 2013. A survey gathering your feedback will go out next month, and your input would be much appreciated.

Lots of news this month about new projects, new partnerships as well as workshops, demonstrations and trials that have been taking place in the WA rangelands.
 
We are still busy preparing submissions for the Biodiversity Fund (Round 2) and CfoC Targeted Area Grants and a reminder that these are due on 10 April.

We have the Easter break before our next eNews, so I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Easter!

Regards

Teresa Belcher
Editor, Communications Manager, Rangelands NRM

Contents

Latest News
Carbon and Climate Change
Pastoralism
Coastal Projects
Indigenous
Desert Rangelands
Biodiversity
Other News
Staff Profile
Events
Grants and Funding

 
Latest News

New project aims for recreation to 'leave no trace' on the Pilbara

A new project managed by Leave No Trace Australia has been established in the Pilbara to address issues associated with the impacts of recreation on the Pilbara coast. The aim of the project, funded by Rangelands NRM, is to address the increasing impact of visitors and new emerging communities participating in recreational activities along the region’s coastline. [Read more]

Carbon and Climate Change

Carbon awareness rangelands project gathers momentum

Gathering leaf litter, assessing landscape function and collecting soil samples are just some of the components trialled as part of the carbon demonstration site protocols for the Rangelands NRM component of the Royalties for Regions Carbon Awareness Program last week. The Rangelands NRM carbon team – Jane Bradley, Peter Russell and Tim Wiley – have been crunching the data and determining the sites that will be set up as carbon demonstrations sites in the WA Rangelands for 2013. [Read more]

Pastoralism

Pastoralists gain key skills in grazing land management

A grazing land management (GLM) workshop was delivered to pastoralists in the Kimberley to provide them with strategies to improve land condition, optimism production and maximize profit. DAFWA, in association with Rangelands NRM, delivered the workshop at Liveringa Station from 26-28 February to pastoralists who collectively manage approximately 12,000 km2 of country and approximately 80,000 head of cattle. [Read more]

Camel Pitter demonstration for Mt Magnet Pastoralists

The finer points of calibrating and operating a Camel Pitting machine were demonstrated to members of the Mt. Magnet based Rangelands Fibre and Produce group, at Yoweragabbie Station this month during a workshop sponsored by Rangelands NRM. [Read more]

Pastoral investment in the Pilbara follows ESRM planning

Rangelands NRM is working with pastoralists in the Pilbara to implement priority actions from previously undertaken Ecologically Sustainable Rangelands Management (ESRM) planning. Dr Bill Cotching, Pilbara Program Manager at Rangelands NRM said a number of priority actions for these stations had been identified, and some of these have now been completed. [Read more]
Coastal Projects

'Celebrate the Bay Day' film

The award winning Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) have produced a new film that captures the passion of the Broome community for Roebuck Bay, which is home to rare dolphins, thousands of shorebirds that migrate to Roebuck Bay to feed on the trillions of invertebrates in the mudflats, seagrass meadows, mangroves, lots of fish, dugongs, turtles, crocodiles, pearls and much much more. The film which was funded by Rangelands NRM, follows Celebrate the Bay, which was held during Science Week in August 2012 on the shore of Roebuck Bay.  [Read more]

Indigenous

On-ground NRM activities planned with Ngadju Conservation Group

Staff from the Rangelands NRM Geraldton office recently attended a workshop in Norseman at the invitation of the Ngadju Conservation Group, in conjunction with Gondwana Link Ltd, to formulate a plan for Ngadju to care for their country through an NRM program or project. NRM Indigenous Facilitator Bevan Gray said the Ngadju have a long held a desire to return to country and implement sustainable NRM practices across the claim area. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Women 'Mankarr' teams conduct NRM activities in the western desert

Martu women from three western desert communities are working on country to undertake natural resource management (NRM) activities including surveys and monitoring.Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) facilitate the Martu women’s land management activities funded by Rangelands NRM, and approximately 180 Martu women from Jigalong, Parnngurr and Punmu have been employed on a part time basis over the past four years. [Read more]

Biodiversity

New educational resources to protect the West Kimberley

The West Kimberley Nature Project (WKNP) have developed three educational resources that will be used to help protect significant coastal areas in the West Kimberley region. The resources include a community-based publication, signage and information to support improved knowledge and understanding about the endangered and culturally significant monsoon vine thicket on the Dampier Peninsula, and interpretive signage for six ecologically and culturally important coastal sites from 80 mile beach to Gourden Bay. The resources have been created in collaboration with Traditional Owners, Indigenous ranger groups and other key partners. [Read more]

Other News

Saving WA’s threatened fauna from extinction

A number of Western Australia’s threatened fauna species are being assisted by a Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) project funded by the State NRM office entitled the ‘Threatened Fauna Ark’ project. The fauna species at the focus of the project are constantly under threat from feral predators, a loss of their natural habitat and a decline in the quality of their habitat. [Read more]

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Russell, Senior Rangeland Scientist

Dr Russell is a geologist and landscape ecologist with 34 years professional experience in the application of geological and ecological science in mineral and natural resource assessment, environmental management and ecological research. Peter’s more recent work includes a Curtin University - DAFWA secondment in Libya, where, over a period of five years, he participated in the development and delivery of NRM workshops, co-supervised five MSc research students in rangeland science whilst based at Omar al Mukhtar University, and was involved in major DAFWA-managed rangeland and forest research and rehabilitation projects, his last position being that of Project Manager of the Sustainable Forest Project. During this period, he was also a sessional lecturer at Curtin University (Kalgoorlie) on the ecology and management of arid environments, and has participated in the development and delivery of field-based workshops for environmental science students at UWA and managers of natural resources. After returning to Western Australia from Libya in late 2010 (just prior to the peoples’ uprising against the Ghaddafi regime and the consequent curtailment of DAFWA - Libyan projects), Dr Russell then undertook research into carbon sequestration in the WA rangelands, leading the work done at Yalleen (2011) and Muggon (2012).  With his recent redeployment from DAFWA to the Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group (Ra-NRM), Peter, in his position as Senior Rangeland Scientist, will continue the carbon work supporting the Federal government’s Carbon Farming Initiative with a focus on characterising the carbon stocks of various landsystems, improving measurement techniques and supporting Ra-NRM’s Carbon Awareness Programme as well as others such as the Sustainable Pastoralism Programme through the provision of sound science-based information. Peter is based in Perth at the DAFWA head office. [Read more about Staff at Rangelands NRM]

Events
- LARVAC (Lake Argyle Rubber Vine Advisory Committee) meeting, Kununurra, 27 March
- Murchison LCDC – “Wolleen”, 3 April (TBC)
- Upper Gascoyne LCDC – “Yinetarra”, 4 April
- Healthy Animals, Healthy Landscapes Workshop: Linking plants and land with grazing herbivores, Geraldton 22-23 April | Pilbara 24-25 April [More info]
- World Indigneous Network (WIN) Conference - Darwin, 26-31 May 2013. An opportunity for Indigenous Peoples and Local Community land and sea managers to come together, connect and share stories and experiences. [More info]
- World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2013, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 20-22 May 2013 [More info]
- RecycleWater 2013, Melbourne, 30-31 May 2013 [More info]
- International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2013, Turkey 18-21 July 2013. [More info]
- 2013 WA State Coastal Conference - Esperance, 31 July - 2 August 2013. "Balancing Communities and Coasts" - Abstract Submissions close 5pm Friday 1 March. [More info]
Grants and Funding

Biodiversity Fund and CfoC Target Area Grants

Applications for funding under the second round of the Biodiversity Fund and the first round of Target Area Grants, under the Caring for our Country program are now open. Land managers and community groups are encouraged to apply. Expressions of Interest close 2pm AEDT Tuesday 12 March 2013 and Full Applications close 2pm AEST Wednesday 10 April. [Read more]

State NRM Community Grants

These will open in early April - more details later when they become available.

2013 Coles Junior Landcare Grants

Applications are now open for the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program, and all schools, preschools, kindergartens and community groups involving young people are encouraged to apply. The program offers grants of up to $1,000 to help set up gardens in communities and school grounds, giving kids a fun and interactive opportunity to learn about nature, growing their own food, and environmental sustainability. Previous grant recipients have used the funding for a variety of garden projects including veggie and herb, bush tucker, water wise and multicultural gardens, along with worm farm, composting and recycling projects. Round 2: Closes 5pm (AEST) Friday 10 May 2013. [Read more]

This eNews is an initiative of the Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group which is supported by the Australian and WA State Governments.