Australian Rangeland Society

Range Management Newsletter 18/3

FROM THE PRESIDENT

We draw to end of another year, and I invite us all to pause for a moment and reflect on what we love about the rangelands; the people, communities, landscapes, ecosystems, flora and fauna, industries, and more—and the difference we are all striving to make.

BETTER LANDSCAPE UTILISATION WITHOUT MORE FENCES – CAN IT BE DONE?

Self Herding is a behaviour-based livestock management approach that provides managers with strategies and tools to positively influence grazing distribution. A trial is currently being held in the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory to test whether Self Herding techniques can be used to create new grazing patterns within a paddock, thus creating a form of rotational grazing that does not rely on permanent fencing.

VALE PETER McRAE

With the passing of Peter McRae in early Spring 2018, Australia’s rangelands lost one of their great naturalists, champions and characters.

ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN ECOLOGY SURVEY

On behalf of the Ecological Society of Australia, researchers from RMIT are seeking volunteers to participate in a survey that asks questions about the academic freedom of ecologists and conservation scientists working within different organisations.

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE – NOVEMBER 2018

Do you know how many people are members of the ARS? Don Burnside provides a review of the current membership and reminds members that 2019 renewal notices will be sent out soon.

FROM THE EDITOR

I am currently on the lookout for interesting articles for the newsletter in 2019.