June 2013
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Dear Reader

Welcome to the June eNews!

This month sees the winding-up of a number of our projects funded through the Caring for Our Country (CfOC) program and final reporting of these activities is underway.

We are pleased to launch our new YouTube Channel where you can currently view a film 'On Country in the desert rangelands'. Watch this space as we will be producing more films in the very near future!

We also have the first edition of 'The Rangelands Roundup' which is our feature magazine. We are encouring everyone to become members of Rangelands NRM so that you will automatically receive a copy of this in the future.

Regards



Teresa Belcher
Communications Manager

 Contents

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

  
Latest News

Rangelands NRM launches YouTube channel

Rangelands NRM are pleased to announced that they now have a YouTube Channel - RangelandsNRM. The first film we have on here is 'On country in the desert rangelands'. Rangelands NRM's Western Desert Program funds projects in WA's remote desert rangelands. These projects aim to increase native habitat for threatened species and engage with Traditional Owners about looking after Country. Activities with Martu rangers and women's 'Mankarr' teams have included water monitoring, fauna monitoring, feral animal control, burning and weed control. [Visit YouTube Channel]

The Rangelands Roundup Magazine now available!

Our inaugural feature-style magazine, 'The Rangelands Roundup' is now available and is currently being distributed to members, our board, key stakeholders and our regional offices. The magazine contains feature articles on conserving RAMSAR wetlands, partnerships with Tradtional Owners, the use of envirorolls to combat erosion, the low-down on carbon farming, and an overview of the Ecofire project. If you would like a copy, please contact us or download from our website. In future, we will be reserving copies of this publication for Rangelands NRM members only, so that's a huge incentive to join up now! Visit our website to fill in our new online membership form.

Carbon and Climate Change

Meka Station carbon sampling to aid future estimates

Sampling for soil- and vegetation-hosted carbon of a trial area on Meka Station was completed in May with over 700 bags of vegetation and 150 soil cores collected for laboratory analysis. The data which this work will generate, will allow carbon stocks for the area to be calculated and the effect of the grazing trial on carbon sequestration to be properly estimated in the future. The work is also testing the effectiveness of field techniques. [Read more]

Carbon farming portal and factsheets launched

Rangelands NRM in partnership with the WA Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) have launched a new web portal and factsheets this month, providing landholders access to information about carbon farming. The new website and information sheets were produced as part of the carbon farming project, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions (R4R) Program and aim to provide information for both the agricultural areas as well as the rangelands. [Read more]

Pastoralism

East Pilbara Indigenous job seekers develop land management skills

Indigenous job seekers from Goodabinya in the East Pilbara, participated in a four day field last month trip to collect native grass seed last month. The field trip took place along the DeGrey River in the Pilbara as part of Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation’s (AAC) Marble Bar Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) program. Grass seed collected during the field trip will be used later this year in landcare trials undertaken by pastoralists from the DeGrey Land Care District Committee (LCDC) group. The DeGrey pastoralists are keen to have local indigenous people engaged in looking after the land. [Read more]

Indigenous

Celebrating the role of Kimberley Rangers

The Kimberley International Ranger Forum was held at the Dampier Peninsula last month to celebrate the role rangers play in caring for country. Hosted by the Kimberley Land Council and Ocean Revolution, the three-day knowledge sharing and networking event enabled a number of Kimberly ranger groups to showcase the range of activities that they have been involved in. [Read more]

Desert Rangelands

Traditional and contemporary fire practices combine to improve desert health

The traditional fire practices of Martu across the Gibson, Great Sandy and Little Sandy Deserts are being documented and combined with contemporary land management techniques to improve the health of the Desert. The Western Desert Traditional and Contemporary Fire Project is funded by Caring for Our Country through Rangelands NRM. The Traditional Owners of the Martu Native Title Determination and the Birriliburu Indigenous Protected Area have worked in partnership with the Central Desert Native Title Service (CDNTS), Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and CSIRO on this project. [Read more]

Biodiversity

Coralling the Coral Cactus at Leonora

Stopping the spread of the highly invasive coral cactus is one of the priorities in a Rangelands NRM project currently rolling out on Tarmoola Station near Leonora in the WA goldfield region. The project, funded by Rangelands NRM through the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program, is being delivered by the Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association (GNRBA) working with St Barbara Mining, the current lessee of the Tarmoola pastoral lease. [Read more

Other News

Managing fire and biodiversity conservation in the West Kimberley

Research and monitoring protocols have been developed for the Endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets of the Dampierland bioregion to help measure ecological changes caused by weeds, land clearing and wildfires which are burning later, hotter and more frequently than ever before. The comprehensive monitoring protocols will aid Environs Kimberley’s ongoing collaborative management of this ecosystem together with the Bardi Jawi, Bardi Jawi Oorany and Nyul Nyul Indigenous ranger groups who are facilitated by the Kimberley Land Council. [Read more]

Feral Photo Competition

The search is on for Australia's best invasive animal photo. Entry is free and there are great prizes up for grabs. Don't miss your chance to win! Competition closes 30 September 2013. For more information, visit the Invasive Animal CRC website.

Staff Profile

Nicki Everson - Administration and Project Officer

Nicki has over eight years living and working in WA’s Western Desert. Two of those years were spent teaching in a Remote Independent School located in the Great Sandy Desert. This led into four years of work for Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ) - a Cultural Knowledge Program based in Newman. Nicki’s role within this not-for–profit organisation encompassed assisting in the development of, and then facilitating access to, an Indigenous Archive Program for the Martu People. In the last two years the bulk of her work has been logistical support for Martumili Artists in Newman and project management of Rangelands projects operating in the Martu and Birriburru native title determinations. The role of Administration and Project Officer is a great opportunity for Nicki to develop her understanding of natural resource management. Nicki is based in the Perth office. [Visit Rangelands NRM Staff page]

Events

- 31 July-1 August - National Regional Landcare Facilitators meeting, Coolangatta

2013 WA State Coastal Conference - Esperance, 31 July - 2 August 2013. "Balancing Communities and Coasts" - Abstract Submissions close 5pm Friday 1 March. [More info]

- 19th Australasian Weeds Conference - Hobart, September 2014. Organisers are looking for suggestions for keynote speakers to present on weed issues in the environment and agricultural sectors, public and private sectors, or in any area that has some relation to weeds. Email Susan Ivory]

Grants and Funding

State NRM Community Grants

The Western Australian Government is making available $3 million to fund community projects as part of the 2013 State NRM Program. Grants of between $10 000 and $50 000 are available to eligible groups for any on-ground activity that will assist in the conservation, restoration, rehabilitation or enhancement of a local natural area, including land, water or marine areas, or the conservation of biodiversity. Applications are due Friday 5 July 2013 by email or post. Visit the NRM website for more information or email.

Innvoation Grants

Grants ranging between $250 000 to $1.5 million (GST Exclusive) are now available for the development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies across our agriculture, fishing, aquaculture and farm forestry industries. Farming system groups, industry, agribusinesses, companies in the food supply chain, research bodies, community groups, universities and individuals are encouraged to apply. Partnerships or consortiums are also encouraged. The grants are part of the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country initiative, delivered under the Sustainable Agriculture stream. For more information visit the NRM website or call 1800 552 008. Applications close at 2pm AEST on 4 July 2013.

Landcare Awards

Landcarers across the country are being urged to get their entries in soon for the 2013 State & Territory Landcare Awards, with nominations closing on 30 Jun. With nine categories, there is one to suit everyone, covering a range of environmental projects and themes, including sustainable agriculture, coastal rehabilitation and Indigenous land management. Individuals, schools, community groups and networks working to protect or restore local environments can be nominated or nominate themselves. [More info]

WA Environment Awards

Are you involved in flora and fauna conservation or wildlife rehabilitation? Are you working to conserve native bushland, wetlands or estuarine environments? Has your business implemented initiatives to minimise waste or implemented environmental sustainable practices? Why not nominate yourself or others in the 2013 WA Environment Awards! Entry is free and nomination forms can be filled out on-line. This year there are 11 categories. Nominations for the 2013 awards close on Friday 2 August 2013. [More info]

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