Grassland Beyond Reserves
Friends of Grasslands convened a workshop on 1 -2 December 2000 in Cooma to consider off reserve conservation, its potential to integrate effective conservation with agriculture and evaluate experience to date. Speakers included private landholders, public land managers, government agencies, scientists, and community groups. Given the diversity of grasslands, ownership arrangements, stakeholders, management skills and tools, the workshop addressed how those involved can share their experience and skills and keep in touch. Day one focused on presentations and day two on visits to three local sites.
Printed proceedings from the Grassland Beyond the Reserve workshop are still available, free except for a charge to cover postage. To order or for more information: please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proceedings contain a wealth of information and come highly recommended for anyone interested in grassy ecosystem conservation and management outside the traditional systems of national parks and similar reserved lands.
For ACT residents, Sarah Sharp's paper is a must-read for an understanding of the ACT Government's active grassland management program.
Friends of Grasslands' paper provides a good understanding of what is happening in grassland conservation and describes FoG's approaches, experiences and successes.
NSW Government agencies, NPWS and DLWC, are major players in grassy ecosystem conservation and their papers put their work into perspective.
Experiences in Victoria, South Australia, and Western Riverina provide valuable insights into approaches being tried elsewhere.
The three case studies illustrate how farmers, local government, and rural lands protection boards see their role. The presentation by the NSW Farmers Association and the opening address illustrate how farming and conservation values interact.
Grassland conservation in farmers' hands: is grassland
conservation compaitible with farming?
Off-reserve conservation: background, visioin and
philosophy for community-based conservation
Off-reserve conservation of land, water and vegetation
A 'state' agency case study in off-reserve conservation:
grassy ecosystem protection and management in the Australian Capital Territory
Views from other regions
A few Victorian experiences of mechanisms for conservaion
of grassy ecosystem remnants
Vision and experience of the Mid-north Region, South
Ann Prescott & Millie Nicholls
Western Region, New South Wales
Identifying and conserving quality grassy vegetation
Geoff Robertson, Michael Treanor & David Eddy
Case studies in grassland conservation
Balancing traditional uses and conservation in travelling
'Radio Hill' and Cooma-Monaro Shire Council involvement
'Happy Valley' combining the preservation of cultural and
Kate Locker & Neville Locker
What funding assistance is available to land managers?
B 'Bush for Wildlife' National Coordinator
D Tables and maps for session 4