Better Bush on Farms conference

1 JANUARY 2003

What are the best ways to look after the remnants of native vegetation and paddock trees on farms?

Are some of our current management practices such as fencing off with controlled grazing making a difference?
What are the ecological outcomes of the millions of dollars invested by Government and landholders to try and halt or reverse the decline in the health and long term viability of these remnants?
With these kinds of questions in mind, a free one-day conference titled “Better Bush on Farms” will be held at the CD Blake Theatre, Thurgoona Campus, Charles Sturt University on Wednesday, September 19.
The conference, hosted by the Institute for Land, Water and Society, brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss the key questions and challenges around achieving better bush on farms.
“The aim of the conference is to communicate the latest ecological research, with an emphasis on vegetation management,” said Dr Peter Spooner, an ILWS researcher who will speak on the day on his Greening Australia funded project looking at what has been achieved by fencing off remnant woodlands.
“It will draw on work from leading scientists involved in CSIRO’s ‘Better Knowledge Better Bush” project and other influential scientists on this topic.  It will be highly relevant to catchment management and environmental agency staff, land managers, landholders and researchers.”
Presenters on the day include:
  • Assoc Prof Andrew Bennett,(Deakin University) - Nature conservation in rural landscapes: are we making progress?
  • Dr Veronica Doerr (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems) - Corridors and Connectivity: the what, where and why?
  • Dr Philip Gibbons (ANU) – Perpetuating paddock trees
  • Alison Skinner (ILWS) – Influence of understorey conditions on natural regeneration in woodlands
  • Dr Josh Dorrough (DSE Victoria) - Broad-scale regeneration of eucalypt woodlands
  • Dr Ian Lunt (ILWS) - Can livestock grazing help biodiversity conservation: where, when, why and how?
  • Dr Sue McIntyre (CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems) - Why limit the use of fertilisers in rural landscapes?
  • Prof Andrew Young (CSIRO Plant Industry) – Future challenges for management of fragmented landscapes
The conference is supported by CSIRO (Better Bush Project), ILWS, Grassy Box Woodland Conservation Management Network, and Nature Conservation Trust of NSW.
Lunch, morning and afternoons teas included but please RSVP to Kate Roberts on 1800 671 260 or by Friday, September 14.
For further information on the conference contact Paul Ryan at CSIRO on 02 6242 1602 or, or Peter Spooner on 02 6051 9620 or

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