Australian Rangelands

Includes full-text resources emanating from a complete set of Australian Rangelands Society Proceedings, journal articles from The Rangelands Journal (published by CSIRO Publishing for the Australian Rangelands Society), videos and other resources abou the extensive rangelands of Australia. 

Contact
Australian Rangeland Society
Address: 
Bob Shepherd
14 Gauvin Street
Charter Towers QLD 4820
Australia
Total Entries in Collection: 
1964

Records in Collection

Published: 2004
Beef producers of the Burdekin rangelands, the speargrass country of the Burnett region, the Mitchell grass country of Western Queensland, and the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory now have access to a comprehensive suite of...
Published: 2004
Current recommended strategies to cope with climate variability are not widely adopted, due partly to the perception that sustainable strategies are uneconomic. In this paper we provide preliminary data from a long -term study suggesting that...
Published: 2004
Drought is an ever-present problem for sustainable grazing enterprises in the semi-arid and arid zones of Australia. Little is known of the long-term responses of pastures to drought although some studies, such as that in Astrebla spp. (Mitchell...
Published: 2004
Heteropogon contortus (black speargrass) dominant pastures occupy 25 M ha and occur on a wide variety of soil types which receive between 700 and 1200 mm annual rainfall. They are an important forage resource for the breeding and finishing of 3 -4...
Published: 2004
EDGEnetwork is the education arm of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA). EDGE currently provides a number of courses and workshops for people in the pastoral industry. EDGE now provide courses applicable to northern pastoralists, with the Grazing...
Published: 2004
Similar surveys were conducted in western Queensland in 2000 and 2003 to compare graziers' knowledge and use of climate information and seasonal climate forecasting. There was a decline inknowledge of using self-rating questions and an increase...
Published: 2004
Graziers in Queensland (Qld) currently have a range of decision -support information available to them on current and forecasted seasonal conditions. This includes spatial mapping information down to locality scale (e.g. Aussie GRASS products), and...
Published: 2004
The Australian climate is one of the most variable in the world. Better understanding of this variability, and how to use seasonal climate forecasts, is essential for maintaining profitable rural industries and managing pasture resources sustainably...
Published: 2004
Calotrope (Calotropis procera), also known as `rubber bush', is an exotic weed from Africa and Asia which has invaded tropical and sub tropical rangelands in northern Australia. The plant is a soft wooded, perennial shrub or small tree growing...
Published: 2004
Although many pastoralists use the Department of Land Information's (DLI) Satellite Remote Sensing Services (SRSS) website (http : / /www.dli.wa.ciov.au/ corporate .nsf /web /Fire +Hotspots) to view the fire hotspot information from the NOAA...
Published: 2004
Australia's rangelands have a history of degradation. This legacy arises from inappropriate management strategies and a poor understanding of rangeland ecosystem interaction and the patterns and processes within the sub-catchments that comprise...
Published: 2004
This paper outlines the aims and early findings of a project exploring Environmental ManagementSystems (EMS) in the Central Australian beef industry. This project is one of 15 funded under the Commonwealth Government's EMS National Pilot...
Published: 2004
The main objective of this project was to observe short-term changes in the regeneration of trees, shrubs and herbage species after fires of different intensities on pastoral land near Alice Springs. After the fires, ground cover increased on both...
Published: 2004
Pastoral managers who over-estimate the chance of good rainfall are likely to carry too many livestock and retain them too long into a dry period. By having an overly optimistic, rather than realistic, view of rainfall pastoralists lose their...
Published: 2004
The aim of the Australian Government's National Landcare Program (NLP) is to increase involvement by industry, farmers and the wider community in landcare and other natural resource management (NRM) activities.
Published: 2004
Sustainable management of natural resources and development in agricultural productivity through community driven projects has been the highlight of the implementation of the Rangeland Management Action Plan. The Rangeland Management Action Plan has...
Published: 2004
For decades pastoralists and researchers have been trying to find better ways of matching stock numbers to rangeland conditions, where rainfall and grass production are more variable and less predictable than agricultural areas of Australia. This...
Published: 2004
As the impacts of grazing on the rangeland environment are increasingly being scrutinised by the wider community, the central Australian beef industry has an opportunity to review current management systems, and identify land management priorities...
Published: 2004
In order for outback Australia to sustain itself, a balance has to be struck between seemingly incompatible demands: economic, social, ecological. These demands can act as barriers, polarizing opinion, creating conflict, and impeding productive land...
Published: 2004
Advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are increasingly enabling improvement in public and private service deliveries to communities. Various types of communities (communities of location, practice and interest) are also using...
Published: 2004
Change is going on in everyone's life. While some change is forced on us, most occurs because we decide to make a change to achieve a different outcome. During the Sustainable Grazing Systems (SGS) Program 1996 - 2002, a Practice Change Model (...
Published: 2004
Bestprac is a group based benchmarking and continuous improvement program funded by Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia. The Bestprac network started in 1998 and aims to enhance producer thinking skills, processes and...
Published: 2004
Sustainability is clearly the guiding principle of Natural Resource Management in Australia. All the regions in Australia require a Natural Resource Management (NRM) Strategy which sets targets and priorities for investment of Natural Heritage Trust...
Published: 2004
Although small businesses are the lifeblood of desert Australia, there is a lack of readily accessible information on the success factors and special needs of these enterprises. A pilot project `Innovation in the desert: telling the stories'...
Published: 2004
The Indigenous Pastoral Project (IPP) was developed during 2003 to improve land management and pastoral outcomes for Aboriginal people in the rangeland regions of the Top End of the Northern Territory. Currently Aboriginal people own and manage...
Published: 2004
CSIRO's interest in research partnerships with Indigenous organisations is part of its overall concern with research approaches that benefit both the public good and private stakeholders. CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems wants its research to help...
Published: 2004
Land management offers real opportunities for Indigenous employment in the rangelands. The provision of education and training programs to meet land management objectives is a challenge forboth indigenous and non -indigenous land management and...
Published: 2004
The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands cover 10.7 million hectares, approximately 118th of the state of South Australia, in its remote and arid northwestern corner. A population of 2000 - 3000 anangu (people of the Pitjantjatjara lands) are scattered...
Published: 2004
Off-reserve conservation in the southern rangelands of Western Australia (WA) is gaining momentumat the enterprise level through the participatory Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU) process. The project evolved from the Gascoyne -Murchison...
Published: 2004
CafeAnimal is a spatially explicit, rule -based simulation program for modelling the population dynamics of territorial vertebrates. Model features include territories with floating boundaries; the use of map sequences to consider temporal and...
Published: 2004
There is increasing impetus for the maintenance of biodiversity values throughout Australia's rangelands. This necessitates an improved understanding of the effects of grazing management on biodiversity, invoking the question of whether there...
Published: 2004
Australia has experienced the highest recorded rate of recent mammal extinctions and range declines, and losses from the arid zone have been significant (Morton 1990). The Burrowing Bettong (Bettongialesueur) and the Greater Bilby (Macrotis lagotis...
Published: 2004
In Queensland, Grazing Land Management packages are becoming widely adopted as a tool for assessing land condition, and the relative "health" of country. Within these packages, land condition indices are based on the extent of perennial...
Published: 2004
Collection of all papers and posters presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society, 2004. (Each individual paper is also indexed separately in the Global Rangeland database.)
Published: 2004
The future of outback Australia depends on the creation of new regional economic development opportunities. We argue that these are likely to be based on a new approach to valuing our current or prospective industries and related livelihoods,...
Published: 2004
The paper describes lessons learnt from historical degradation episodes in Australia's rangelands. We have recently reviewed eight well -documented episodes and the processes that led to degradation and partial recovery. The dominant features...
Published: 2004
The IPCC Third Assessment Report confirms that the evidence for global climate change is now stronger than ever. While efforts to minimise climate change are critical, some degree of change is already inevitable. The key questions for rangelands are...
Published: 2004
Land policy and legislation have been the major factors driving fragmentation of Australian rangelands. At the regional scale, fragmentation of rangelands has facilitated the development of private land rights, promoted the development and...
Published: 2004
In 2001 I diversified our agricultural operation to include livestock production. We are based on the flood plains of the Darling River in the Bourke district of Western NSW. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, that move into livestock coincided...
Published: 2004
It is argued that current policy settings in relation to land administration, drought, taxation and other financial measures (e.g. Farm Management Deposits) do not provide an adequate framework for the management of environmental risk in the...
Published: 2004
As every land manager knows risk takes many forms and is always present. Today, I want to talk about drought and the approach taken in the Central North East of South Australia to assist primary producers to cope with it. While this is the focus of...
Published: 2004
Major changes in production systems and land management in the Upper Gascoyne and Mt Magnet regions of Western Australia in recent years have been influenced by complex social, cultural, economic and political issues. These issues determine why...
Published: 2004
This paper looks at the trends of declining terms of trade and declining populations in the rangelands and the social, economic and environmental implications of those trends. It discusses the need for intelligent and relevant science to assist in...
Published: 2004
One of the main challenges facing graziers is to manage their land in such a way as to achieve ecological renewal while at the same time maximising productivity of their livestock, looking after the people resource and maximizing the profitability...
Published: 2004
The agricultural and natural resource based industries operate in a competitive environment with many economic, environmental and cultural challenges. This means that we cannot address sustainability issues in isolation from the socio- economic...
Published: 2004
Increasing numbers of mulga (Acacia aneura) deaths have been observed adjacent to mine haul roadsin the Northern Goldfields, Western Australia. Although there may be several causes of tree death, it is thought that increased soil salt levels, due to...
Published: 2004
Between November 2003 and February 2004, I conducted in -depth interviews with graziers in three areas of the semi -arid rangelands of NSW and Queensland. Analysis of these interviews provides insights into some of the socio- cultural contexts of...
Published: 2004
The growth of plants in soils rich in gypsum has received little attention. Research is being undertaken to investigate the degree to which there is a characteristic suite of species specifically associated with these soils and the nature of their...
Published: 2004
Satellite based monitoring techniques have been developed and utilised extensively throughout the rangelands of Australia. This study evaluates the capability of 250m MODIS visible red band data for monitoring changes in vegetation cover upon north...
Published: 2004
This ongoing study is examining the efficacy of using photographic interpretation to derive selected landscape function indices, as part of a larger study of rangeland ecological health. The internal representativeness of 12 Western Australian...