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April 2016  
Dear <<First Name>>

We hope you enjoy this edition of the Rangelands NRM eNews. This month we are showcasing our Kimberley projects - covering mosaic burns to protect the habitat of endangered birds, feral pig control, science talks, rehab work and cattle responses to prescribed burning.
Please contact us if you have any stories to share in the coming months.

The Communications Team.

Rangers working together to build safe fire history

Indigenous Rangers will be undertaking mosaic burns over the next two years to protect the habitat of endangered birds in the East Kimberley. [Read more]
 

Combined effort to curb feral pig threat in the Kimberley

 

Australian Wildlife Conservancy is working with the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) to develop strategies for an integrated regional approach to reduce feral pig densities in the Kimberley.  [Read more]

 

Science on the Broome Coast talks begin

The 2016 Science on the Broome Coast series commenced this month, providing the community and visitors the opportunity to hear about the fascinating research underway along the Kimberley coast.  [Read more]

Kimberley pastoralist shares ‘web of life’ insights from international conference

Kurt Elezovich of Country Downs Station in the Kimberley participated in the 2016 BEHAVE Conference in Dubbo in last month to learn about animal behaviour and how it is linked with the health of the landscape. [Read more]

Wetland rehab work proving a success

The Rehabilitation work undertaken in February to protect a seasonal wetland in the West Kimberley is already showing positive results.  [Read more]

 

 

Early results in on how cattle responds to prescribed burning

An investigation into how cattle interact with early season burn practices and the resultant regrowth is nearing completion.  [Read more]

 

 

Communication conference links science and the wider world

Effective communication is vital especially when we have such a diverse range of stakeholders working the rangelands of WA.  [Read more]

 

Mayi Budan

Neil Hamaguchi from Environs Kimberley has written a poem about Monsoon Vine Thickets, know as 'Mayi Budan' by the Bardi people.  [Read more]

 

Regional Landcare Facilitator note


The RLF reps from each of the WA NRM groups met recently to discuss a joint presentation at the upcoming national RLF conference and have a round table of current issues in the regions. I'm currently in the field with the Reflections Roadshow, providing pastoralists with the opportunity to discuss grazing management pressure and landscape function on the ground. More on that next month.
Kane Watson, Rangelands NRM Regional Landcare Facilitator. 
M: 0419 328 535 or email me.
Events
  • Grant writing training – Calling for expressions of interest in attending grant writing workshops. 
    An initiative to build the capacity of regional organisations. Please contact Kane Watson.
  • Landholder Survey. Calling those with conservation covenants on their property. Monash University research will inform actions toward improving the effectiveness of private land conservation programs. Contact Julie Groce. [More info]
  • 4 May 2016 - Secrets of Marine Stingers - Science on the Broome Coast talk by Dr Lisa Gershwin [More info]
  • 1112 May 2016 - Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium 2016, Kensington, WA  [More info]
  • 17–19 May 2016 - Introduction to Groundwater: Principles and Practices training. Perth, WA. 
    Learn how to manage and protect our valuable groundwater resources.
    [More info].
  • 1–3 June - National Native Title Conference 2016, Darwin Convention Centre, NT. [More info]
  • 6–8 June 2016 - National NRM Knowledge Conference - "People, Planet and Profits, Coffs Harbour, NSW. [More info]
  • 20–22 June 2016 - Developing Northern Australia Conference 2016 - Darwin Convention Centre, NT. [More info]
  • 6–8 July 2016, Society for Conservation Biology 4th Oceania Congress, Brisbane, Qld. 
    Bridging Divides: Science meets action, water meets land. [More info]
  • 16–22 July 2016 - International Rangelands Congress, Canada. [More info]
Grants
  • Landcare Australia Special Projects Grants support Landcare and farming groups to undertake projects and activities that protect environmental assets, address priority issues and improve the health of the environment. Applications close 20 May 2016. [More info]
  • Volunteer groups involved in caring for Western Australia's natural resources can now apply for grants to grow their capability through the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program. Community Capability Grant applications close Monday 30 May 2016 for small projects (grants up to $10,000). [More info
  • Applications for Round Five of the Green Army Programme are now open.  [More info]
  • AMP Tomorrow Fund grants are open to individuals who are working on something that will ultimately benefit Australia. It may be an innovation in rangelands conservation or pastoral techniques. Applications close Wednesday 18 May 2016. [More info]
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