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Positive Actions from our projects

Stuart Cowell

Introducing our new Director

Conservation Management continues to seek out the best people who bring a variety of skills, experience, networks and perspectives to our team. We deliver tailored support for the organisations and communities we work with. This helps them to get the necessary resources and implement the right actions to improve the health of their landscapes.
Dave Whitelaw


This is the headline I don’t want to see - and to be clear, no-one is lost. Today. But I do want to generate some discussion amongst ranger teams around this possibility, and how to create organisational cultures that protects us from it. I want to take a moment to reflect on what it means to have a safety-first culture.
Adam Pennington

Desert rangers rising – Indigenous Desert Alliance conference 2019

Momentum is building in the desert, and it’s building quickly. The Indigenous Desert Alliance (IDA) brought 265 people to the heart of Australia at Uluru in November this year to share knowledge and stories, support and advocate for each other and the industry, and build on existing connections to each other and to country as part of the 3-day Annual IDA Conference 2019.
Alistair Dermer

Islands of power pride and process

Rangers, Traditional Owners, and Community leaders from three Torres Strait Island Ranger groups (Erub, Mua and Mer Islands) converged on Thursday Island in late October. The mission - create three Working-on-Country plans in 3 days, for 3 Ranger groups, or as much of them as we could!
Stuart Cowell

We meet together... a banksia award finalist

Manyangurr ngulumbara dhelkunya Djandaki murrupi – 'We meet together to return good health to country and spirit'. This was the guiding vision of the Dja Dja Wurrung Joint Management Planning partnership, led by Dhelkunya Dja Land Management Board, with CSIRO, Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, Dja Dja Wurrung Enterprises and Conservation Management.  
Stuart Cowell

Open Standards / Healthy Country Planning – Planning and adaptive management for protected areas

Registrations are open for a 5-day  Open Standards / Healthy Country Planning workshop focusing on the diverse Liffey Valley, adjacent to the Tasmanian Wilderness WHA. The course runs from Monday 27th January to Friday 31st January 2020,  in Poatina, Tasmania.
Stuart Cowell

Bison once roamed the great plains – A case study for training in Open Standards for the practice of conservation

Bison once roamed the Great Plains of the Americas in the millions – a central element of the socio-cultural and ecological processes that defined pre-European America. In an all-to-familiar story, the bison were largely eradicated to both cripple the Native American people and open up these rangelands for the use of new species.
Saras Kumar

A natural legacy - revitalising private land conservation in South Australia for nature, people and thriving rural landscapes

Voluntary conservation commitments by landholders have a vital role to play in protecting South Australia’s native wildlife and sustaining thriving rural landscapes. Many landholders have committed to conservation by entering into a Heritage Agreement. There are now more than 1,600 Heritage Agreements protecting more than 1.8 million hectares.
Alistair Dermer

Communicating change – Northern and Yorke NRMB – doing it the right way

Northern and Yorke NRM Board (N&Y NRMB) have, for over ten years, been actively engaging with the communities within their region.  Conservation Action Planning (developed within the Open Standards) has been the mechanism by which they both develop plans and programs and engage with the communities.
Stuart Cowell

Pacific Ocean litter project

Henderson Island is a wakeup call for us all. Reported last year, the island is one of the world’s most remote and uninhabited, part of the Pitcairn group, but with the dubious honour of also having the world’s most polluted beaches. I have been thinking about Henderson Island a lot following a week in Apia, Samoa.
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