National NRM update for February 2021. This update represents just a handful among the hundreds of NRM projects going on across Australia, which are made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and from respective State governments.
Drought conditions affecting parts of the Northern Territory over 2018-2020 prompted industry to explore ways of better managing drought vulnerable rangelands to sustain their health and productivity, and build resilience in pastoral enterprises.
Territory NRM (TNRM) is working to raise industry awareness about drought and climate risks, and potential mitigation strategies. With support from the Australian Government’s ‘Future Drought Fund’ and in partnership with Cibo Labs and project partners (NT Cattlemen’s Association and Department of Industry Trade and Tourism), TNRM will be rolling out an innovative new web based platform that allows producers to plan stocking rates and manage grazing lands based upon accurate knowledge of current forage resources. These new technologies will change how producers manage grazing lands for optimal efficiency and sustainability and to mitigate the impacts of increasing climatic variability.
The 2020 bushfires in NSW’s Upper Murray not only devastated bush and farmland – waterways like Mannus Creek were also severely affected by runoff and bushfire sediment, decimating aquatic life. Recently, 2,500 baby Macquarie perch were returned to Mannus Creek to help rebuild the population. Mannus Creek contains one of four remaining populations of Macquarie Perch in NSW. DPI Fisheries NSW and Charles Sturt University, with support from Murray Local Landcare Services have been working to improve habitat conditions for Macquarie perch and reduce threats such as pest fish species. Watch this video for highlights from the release https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfDPrHRdRIw
For Wheatbelt NRM’s Noongar Budjar Rangers, a healthy country and healthy soils are of the utmost importance. They are now expanding their skillset in this area by participating in soil sampling at demonstration farm sites. Up to 17 local Aboriginal people are now employed through the program, empowering cultural custodians of the Wheatbelt to bring health back to country through activities including seed collection, revegetation and soil sampling. For more information on the soil trial and Aboriginal involvement in this program, visit https://wheatbeltnrm.org.au/whats-happening/news/aboriginal-nrm/noongar-budjar-rangers-grow-skills-country-and-farm
The Brindabella Midge Orchid is a unique plant only found in Namadgi National Park. To protect its future, ACT NRM have developed an action plan to maintain a healthy wild population in the ACT. Their most recent progress report shows that the population is stable and habitat threats have been managed effectively. They are also building a seed bank in partnership with the Australian National Botanic Gardensto preserve the species and learn more about it. This research will be increasingly important to help prevent the extinction of this special species.
Read the full implementation progress report at https://www.environment.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0011/576551/Brindabella_Midge_Orchid_Action_Plan_-_Combined.pdf
In southern Tasmania, home to four Ramsar wetlands, NRM South is progressing work at Moulting Lagoon-Apsley Marshes. Working with project partners the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, Nature Glenelg Trust, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and local landholders, project activities include weed control, using fencing to restrict stock and vehicle access and native vegetation restoration.