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Range Management Newsletter 15/3

FROM THE EDITOR

Welcome to the final Range Management Newsletter for 2015.  This has been a year of change for the RMN – the revamped digital version of the newsletter was launched earlier in the year as part of the new ARS website, and now it is time to say goodbye to the printed version. 

 


FROM THE PRESIDENT

David briefly summarises the 40th Anniversary year of the ARS.  He also presents the findings of the Rangelands Australia Working Group and summarises changes to the 2016 Membership Rates.


2016 ARS MEMBERSHIP RATES

Council have recently reviewed the membership rates for 2016.  There are now four main membership categories with options in each of the categories.


VALE PROFESSOR JOHN MILNE

We were all shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing in mid-September of Professor John Milne, Editor-in-Chief of The Rangeland Journal.


HOW WILL THE CARBON ECONOMY IMPACT SOUTHERN AUSTRALIAN RANGELANDS?

In late October, a successful Rangelands Carbon Conference was held in Cobar, western NSW.  The event attracted more than 160 participants who heard twenty four speakers discussing various aspects of the emerging carbon economy. This article provides background and gives an overview of the potential impact of carbon farming in western New South Wales.


THE RANGELANDS CARBON CONFERENCE - AN ATTENDEE'S PERSPECTIVE

Gus Whyte gives a detailed report on the Rangelands Carbon Conference including the messages he took away.


SAVE THE DATE - 2017 ARS BIENNIAL CONFERENCE

Dates for the 2017 Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference have been released.  THE Conference will be held in Port Augusta, South Australia from 24th - 28th September 2017.


10TH INTERNATIONAL RANGELAND CONGRESS

The 10th International Rangelands Congress will be held in Saskatoon, Canada from July 17-22 July 2016.


CALLING ALL INTERESTED PEOPLE……

Are you interested in expanding your network of friends and colleagues across the rangelands?  Or are you looking to gain experience in the governance of an active not-for-profit organisation?  Perhaps you should consider chatting to Carol Ireland about taking over her role as the Secretary and Director of the Australian Rangeland Society when she retires in 2017.


NEWS FROM THE PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE

Ron Hacker's update from the Publications Committee includes information about the Society's entry into the social media space, the search for a new Editor-in-Chief of The Rangelands Journal and the retirement of the Website Editor.


ARS TRAVEL GRANT REPORT

In 2014 Graeme Hand was awarded an ARS Travel Grant for his study "Understanding the relationship between pasture type and management systems in the steppe ecosystems of Mongolia and the rangeland Australia."  This study examined ways to reduce rangeland degradation, sustain resilience of livelihoods of nomadic herder communities, and enhance the cultural and biological diversity of desert and steppe areas of Australia and Mongolia using the positive deviance approach. 


SCIENTIFIC BOOKS FOR SALE

After fifty years working on rangelands in many parts of the world, Gus Gintzburger is now looking to pass on his scientific library of over 400 books.


NEW MEMBERS

We would like to welcome the following people to the Australian Rangeland Society


GUIDELINES FOR THE AUSTRALIAN RANGELAND SOCIETY AWARDS

Although applications have closed for this year's awards,  it is never too early to think about applying for next year's awards.  Check out the guidelines to see if you qualify!