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Australasian Plant Conservation

Originally published in Australasian Plant Conservation 20(1) June - August 2011, p 33

ANPC kicks off the first two workshops on Managing Native Vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves

Sue Mathams
Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc., Canberra. Email: sue.mathams@environment.gov.au

‘Excellent presenters and organisation’
– Landcare group member

‘Great course on determining natural assets, developing management plans and monitoring techniques’ – workshop participant

Wagga Wagga workshop participants at the Kyeamba TSR field trip

TSR Rangers cook up a hearty breakfast for all participants at Kyeamba TSR after the bird walk.

Top: Wagga Wagga workshop participants at the Kyeamba TSR field trip. Bottom: TSR Rangers cook up a hearty breakfast for all participants at Kyeamba TSR after the bird walk. Photos: Sue Mathams

In May 2011 the ANPC ran its first two of six workshops on Managing Native Vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves (TSRs). Held in Wagga Wagga and Bathurst the overall aim of these workshops is to improve biodiversity conservation on TSRs with a particular focus on box gum woodland, an endangered ecological community. Working with a number of stakeholders the ANPC developed the workshops to enhance the knowledge and skills of onground users and managers of TSRs. The workshops were attended by a number of TSR Rangers and managers from the Livestock Health and Pest Authority (LHPA). As the workshops also covered many aspects of remnant vegetation management in a rural environment it was also relevant to and drew participants from other sectors including landcare, local government, Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Lands (DPI), Catchment Management Authorities, environmental consultants and interested individuals.

The workshops were for two days with the first day covering topics such as the history of TSRs, priority TSRs in the sheep wheat belt, biodiversity values of TSRs, landscape connectivity, grazing for biodiversity and available resources to assist managers. An important feature of the first day was the opportunity to discuss the issues raised and the networking opportunities. The second day involved visiting a reserve with a bird walk, a session on identifying the natural values and threats to the site and an introduction to some monitoring techniques. The afternoon involved a management planning session using the information gathered in the field to highlight an overall aim/vision for the reserve and exploring ways this could be achieved and measured. Well done to all of those participants who stayed for the second day field trips out in the reserves in rather chilly conditions.

The formal and informal feedback from our workshop evaluation has been very positive, especially in relation to the quality of the presentations/presenters and the networking opportunities. For those attending who were not from the LHPA it was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the role of TSR Rangers. This included learning about some of the obstacles that they face for managing TSRs, such as juggling their TSR work with pest and animal health responsibilities. The ANPC would like to acknowledge and thank the NSW Environmental Trust (Environmental Education Grant) for assistance with funding the workshops. We would also like to thank all of the project partners for assistance with this first round of workshops and all of the presenters who donated their time! The ANPC will run two more TSR Workshops this year around September to October. If you would like more information about these please contact the ANPC Office 02 6250 9523 or email sue.mathams@environment.gov.au.

Thank you to our project partners: Livestock Health and Pest Authority, Friends of Grasslands, Murrumbidgee CMA and Grassy Box Woodlands CMN.
We would also like to acknowledge support from: NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, Consultants, Greening Australia and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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