Managing Native Vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves

Background to the workshops

In 2010 the ANPC received a grant from the NSW Environmental Trust to develop and facilitate workshops on Managing Native Vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves.

The project, Managing Native Vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves will:

  • conduct six, two-day workshops (over three years) to engage onground managers of TSRs to increase ecological knowledge and plant conservation skills, and
  • develop course materials that will be a resource for further workshops and other training opportunities outside the project funding which could also be applied to other linear reserve management.

The Travelling Stock Reserve network includes many sites important for conservation of native species and ecological communities, particularly in the wheat-sheep belt where remnant native vegetation may comprise less than five percent of the landscape.
This project focuses on biodiversity values of TSRs and implications for their management including threatened species and endangered ecological communities listed under both State and Commonwealth Legislation. Some of these include; Box-Gum Grassy Woodland, Inland Grey Box Woodland and Natural Temperate Grassland.

The aim of the project is to improve biodiversity conservation on TSRs. The workshops will provide onground managers of TSRs with information and resources to enhance their knowledge and skills to manage native plant species and communities in TSRs.

Project partners and supporters
The ANPC would like to acknowledge and thank the following organisations for their assistance with development and delivery of these workshops:
Project Partners

  • Livestock Health and Pest Authority (State Council and TSR Rangers),
  • Catchment Management Authorities (Murrumbidgee, Central West and Border Rivers-Gwydir),
  • Grassy Box Woodlands Conservation Management Network, and
  • Friends of Grasslands.

Other supporters

  • NSW Roadside Environment Committee,
  • NSW Office of Environment and Heritage,
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries, and
  • Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The Workshop Program

Managing Native Vegetation in Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR)

Day one

  • Background of TSRs (Historical context and current status)
  • Identification of priority conservation TSRs in NSW (Values, results and tools)
  • Connectivity conservation in the landscape: principles and practice
  • Biodiversity values of TSRs
  • Collaborative programs/approaches
  • Case Study: Improving biodiversity in high conservation value TSRs - A Rangers Perspective
  • Where to get help (Interactive session on available information)
  • Grazing for Biodiversity
  • Introduction to the following day's field trip (e.g Management planning and how we assess sites)
  • Questions, comments and general discussion

Day Two (Field trip)

  • Morning bird walk
  • Identifying the natural values and threats of the site
  • Vegetation monitoring techniques
  • Management actions (workshop session)
  • Whole group discussion of listed actions
  • Putting it all together
  • Discussion with panel of experts

Report on Workshops held in May 2011

Download presenters notes 2011 workshops*

The Biodiversity Values of TSRs (Rainer Rehwinkel)

Where to get help (Rainer Rehwinkel)

* More presentations will be added when they become available