Western Sydney University and the University of New England have set up a Citizen Science Project called the Dead Tree Detective.
The aim of the project is to collect observations of dead or dying trees around Australia. It sounds a bit grim, but knowing where and when trees have died will help us to work out what the cause is, identify trees that are vulnerable, and take steps to protect them.
This project will allow people Australia-wide to report observations of tree death. In the past, there have been many occurrences of large-scale tree death that were initially identified by concerned members of the public such as farmers, bushwalkers, bird watchers and landholders. Collecting these observations is an important way to monitor the health of trees and ecosystems.
Royal Society Member Ron Turner has produced a delightful e-book on the lighthouses of Australia. 18 lighthouses in Queensland are featured, each with an impressive photograph and a page of notes. The compilation will be an excellent companion for anyone visiting one of structures, each one a masterpiece of innovation.
It can be found at www.esplash.me Scroll down to the Featured Publications section where this eBook can be found together with articles relating to the authors’ sojourns at two Queensland lighthouses in recent years (Living at a Lighthouse) even a ‘History of Fraser NP’ and several other articles about that park.
Author: Paul Williams
Plants are exceptional chemists and their pharmacy provides us with an enormous number of compounds that are essential to our long-term good health. Continue reading
Hosted and coordinated by the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Bushfire 2016: Connecting Science, People and Practice was a national conference held on the 28 – 30th September 2016, at the University of Queensland, aimed at connecting fire scientists, ecologists and students with on-ground fire operators, land managers and other fire and environmental professionals.
In June 2019, the SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium held its 20-year anniversary celebration, at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong. With the theme Fire, Research and Partnerships, this forum showcased projects and programs that highlight the value of partnerships and longevity in applied fire ecology and on-ground management. Consistent with the long-standing objective of the Consortium, there was a focus on translating science into practice, including student projects.
Source: ABC Triple J Hack Program, THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2019 3:47PM
Author: James Purtill
“Going local: Involving landholders more in bushfire strategy: All the experts agree the current shouting match over bushfire mitigation strategies is far too simplistic and unhelpfully lumps together many different types of fire ecology. What works in a savannah grassland won’t necessarily work in a temperate forest. Continue reading
Royal Society member Corinne Unger presented at a Mt Coot-tha quarry forum hosted on 8 October by Brisbane City Councillor Michael Berkman and Mt Coot-tha Alliance to kick off the conversation on rehabilitation and closure planning. Continue reading
A Sustainable Queensland Forum – Royal Society of Queensland symposium
Rural producers, natural resource managers and conservation managers face a
constantly changing set of climatic and human influences. Traditional land
production systems and environmental management are under pressure. New
approaches to production and natural resource management are required in
the face of government financial resource and capacity constraints, as well as
the intensifying environmental challenges. Download full summary here.