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The Rangeland Journal publishes original work on the biophysical, social, cultural, economic, and policy influences affecting rangeland use and management. More

Acting Editor-in-Chief: ‘Wal’ Whalley

 
 
 

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Volume 37 Number 6 2015
Innovation in Australian Rangelands. A special issue from the 18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society

 
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Innovation in Australian rangelands. A special issue from the 18th Biennial Conference of the Australian Rangeland Society 
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Jocelyn Davies , Digby Race and Boyd Wright
pp. 529-533

People are working together in new ways in Australia’s rangelands, sharing and applying knowledge to emerging challenges. This innovation is important for continuing to move rangelands people, communities and landscapes towards sustainability. Transformational change is strongly in the national interest and can result from people nudging rangelands positively to a better place.

 
 

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Innovation in the rangelands: the role of people 
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F. Chaney
pp. 535-540

Enormous positive changes for the rangelands, and Australia, have come through the determination, collaborations, partnerships and opportunism of people and organisations. Rangelands people from all walks of life still have challenges of powerlessness in the face of distant governments and their decisions. Continually nudging the world of the rangelands to a better place is an important and honourable role for everyone.

 
 

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The role of a knowledge broker in improving knowledge and understanding of climate change in the Australian rangelands 
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Mary-Anne Healy , Kate Forrest and Gary Bastin
pp. 541-554

Knowledge broker is an undervalued and underutilised role in transferring scientific information to end users. In the rangelands of Australia the difficulty of transfer of scientific information to end users is increased through remoteness of parties. This project demonstrates how investing in a knowledge broker can achieve effective delivery of results even with distant and diverse participants.

 
  
 

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Cultural indicators, country and culture: the Arabana, change and water 
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Melissa Nursey-Bray and Arabana Aboriginal Corporation
pp. 555-569

The inclusion of Indigenous knowledge into management of water resources offers an important mechanism for policy makers to maintain ecosystem quality while acknowledging Indigenous interest. This project developed cultural water indicators for the Arabana, an Indigenous group from Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, Australia. The Arabana people have multiple values for water sites, and their assessment of environmental quality can operate side by side with scientific indicators showing the importance of the co-existence of cultural and scientific knowledge.

 
  
 

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New partnerships for managing large desert landscapes: experiences from the Martu Living Deserts Project 
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Tony Jupp , James Fitzsimons , Ben Carr and Peter See
pp. 571-582

The Nature Conservancy, BHP Billiton and Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa are working together to achieve positive outcomes for Martu people and their country in Australia’s Western Desert. The partnership helps Martu people conserve their culture and country by cleaning waterholes; improving fire management; controlling ferals; managing cultural heritage; and protecting threatened species. Measurable benefits have been achieved for Martu people and their natural environment – part of the largest intact arid ecosystem anywhere on Earth.

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Remote mining towns on the rangelands: determining dependency within the hinterland 
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Stuart Robertson and Boyd Blackwell
pp. 583-596

Remote town hinterlands suffer and benefit from a reliance on the core mining town for their viability. Until now this dependency has not been measured and tested and here we do so through contrasting examples of dependent mining town hinterlands and their cores. These findings have immediate implications for the regions concerned and provide decision-makers and planners with further evidence to assist in reducing the vagaries of the mine lifecycle and dependency in remote rangeland regions.

 
  
 

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Supporting Indigenous rangers’ management of climate-change impacts on heritage sites: developing an effective planning tool and assessing its value 
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Bethune Carmichael
pp. 597-607

Although Indigenous rangers frequently manage heritage sites, no planning tools exist to support them plan for climate-change impacts on sites; this study devises such a tool. No previous research has directly and exclusively documented Indigenous perceptions of potential climate-change impacts on heritage sites. I found that in two case studies Indigenous rangers perceived a range of potential climate-change impacts on particular site types and regarded managing these impacts as a priority.

 
  
 

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Rangeland pastoralism in northern Australia: change and sustainability 
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P. R. Holmes
pp. 609-616

The financial sustainability of Australian rangeland pastoralism is questionable. Data are presented to show that only ~20% of family owned Australian rangeland beef businesses can meet the criteria for long-term financial sustainability and this may not provide the critical mass for a viable industry going forward. The change needed to improve this outlook would appear to be a function of producer attitude to the available knowledge and protocols.

 
  
 

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Adaptive capacity on the northern Australian rangelands 
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Nadine A. Marshall
pp. 617-622

Adapting to climate change is one of the most urgent challenges facing contemporary rangelands. However, recent research suggests that the capacity of Australian cattle producers is woefully low. Here we gain insight into, and propose a range of strategies that might be used to enhance the capacity of people dependent on rangelands.

 
  
 

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Challenging the concept of Aboriginal mosaic fire practices in the Lake Eyre Basin 
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R. G. Kimber and M. H. Friedel
pp. 623-630

In natural environments, creating a mosaic of different fire ages may reduce fire risk and enhance biodiversity, but was it universally practised by Aboriginal people before Europeans arrived? The records of early explorers in the Lake Eyre Basin suggest it was not; rather fire use was rare in some environments and more common in others, depending on seasons, accessibility of country and cultural choices. Mosaic burning now is unlikely to be universally applicable and should depend on management objectives.

 
  
 

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Radicalising the rangelands: disruptive change or progressive policy? 
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Bruce W. Walker
pp. 631-635

Only ~15% of Australians now live outside the cities and the essentially suburban coastal corridor with little knowledge of the rangelands. Under pressure of globalisation and market economics the narrative of the rangelands has changed and with that the national interest in the rangelands has declined. This paper argues for a narrative with a more disruptive and innovative radicalisation of the rangelands in Australia to re-ignite national interest and national investment.

 
  
 

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Published online 22 January 2016
Rangeland responses to pastoralists 
Richard B. Harris, Leah H. Samberg, Emily T. Yeh, Andrew T. Smith, Wang Wenying, Wang Junbang, Gaerrang and the late Donald J. Bedunah

We studied responses of vegetation and erosion indices to 4 years of pastoralists’ winter stocking rates on working Tibetan steppe pastures in Qinghai Province, China, 2009–2012. We accounted for annual weather variation, heterogeneity in site characteristics, and variation in phenology. Pastoralists stocked sheep adaptively, responding to herbage mass of palatable species rather than to total mass. However, herbage of preferred species declined, and erosion increased, with winter stocking rate.

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These articles have been peer reviewed and accepted for publication. They are still in production and have not been edited, so may differ from the final published form.

    RJ15082  Accepted 05 February 2016
    Engaging the Pastoral Industry in the Australian Feral Camel Management Project (AFCMP)
    Donna Digby, Elizabeth Bird, Lyndee Severin, Paul O'Leary, Mac Jensen, Robin Mills, Glenn (Guest Editor) Edwards
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    RJ15095  Accepted 28 January 2016
    Implications of retaining woody regrowth for carbon sequestration for an extensive grazing beef business: a bio-economic modelling case study
    Giselle Whish, Lester Pahl, Steven (Guest Editor) Bray
    Abstract


    RJ15090  Accepted 25 January 2016
    Chemical composition of Salicornia Arabica, a potential halophyte for arid rangelands
    Bouzid Nedjimi, Brahim Beladel
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    RJ15065  Accepted 21 January 2016
    Effects of fenced seed production areas and restoration treatments on the size and composition of the native grass seedbanks in moderately degraded rangelands in semiarid Australia
    Judith Bean, Gavin Melville, Ronald Hacker, Sharon Anderson, Alicia Whittington, Stephen Clipperton
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    RJ15104  Accepted 15 January 2016
    Seed bank persistence and germination of chinee apple (Ziziphus mauritiana Lam.)
    Faiz Bebawi, Shane Campbell, Robert Mayer
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    RJ15081  Accepted 11 January 2016
    The potential distribution of the woody weed Calotropis procera (Aiton) W.T. Aiton (Asclepiadaceae) in Australia
    Enock Menge, Alyson Stobo-Wilson, Sofia Oliveira, Michael Lawes
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    RJ15039  Accepted 11 January 2016
    Cattle removal in arid Australia benefits kangaroos in high quality habitat but does not affect camels
    Anke Frank, Glenda Wardle, Aaron Greenville, Chris Dickman
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    RJ15087  Accepted 29 December 2015
    Outcomes of the Australian Feral Camel Management Project and the future of feral camel management in Australia
    Quentin (Guest Editor) Hart, Glenn (Guest Editor) Edwards
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    RJ14124  Accepted 22 December 2015
    The impact of recent volcanic ash depositions on herbivores in Patagonia: a review
    Werner Flueck
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    RJ15079  Accepted 18 December 2015
    Integrating animal welfare into wild herbivore management: lessons from the Australian Feral Camel Management Project
    Jordan Hampton, Bidda Jones, Andrew Perry, Corissa Miller, Quentin (Guest Editor) Hart
    Abstract


    RJ14101  Accepted 19 August 2014
    FOREWORD:- Fire - Carbon - Savanna special issue
    Tom Davison
    Abstract


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Rank Paper Details
1. Published 15 May 2015
The relative impacts of grazing, fire and invasion by buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) on the floristic composition of a rangeland savanna ecosystem

Roderick J. Fensham, Jian Wang and Cameron Kilgour

2. Published 27 March 2015
A novel protocol for assessment of aboveground biomass in rangeland environments

Charity Mundava, Antonius G. T. Schut, Petra Helmholz, Richard Stovold, Graham Donald and David W. Lamb

3. Published 24 July 2015
Climate change and adaptive capacity in the Western Australian rangelands: a review of current institutional responses

Ellena Shaw and G. Bradd Witt

4. Published 27 March 2015
The future of food production research in the rangelands: challenges and prospects for research investment, organisation and human resources

C. W. Roxburgh and J. E. Pratley

5. Published 15 May 2015
A life cycle assessment approach to quantifying greenhouse gas emissions from land-use change for beef production in eastern Australia

Beverley K. Henry, D. Butler and S. G. Wiedemann

6. Published 24 July 2015
Quantifying carbon sequestration on sheep grazing land in Australia for life cycle assessment studies

B. K. Henry, D. Butler and S. G. Wiedemann

7. Published 15 May 2015
The relationship between soil organic carbon and soil surface characteristics in the semi-arid rangelands of southern Australia

C. M. Waters, G. J. Melville, S. E. Orgill and Y. Alemseged

8. Published 15 May 2015
Ephemeral plant indicators of livestock grazing in arid rangelands during wet conditions

Helen P. Waudby and Sophie Petit

9. Published 15 May 2015
Seed availability, landscape suitability and the regeneration of perennial grasses in moderately degraded rangelands in semiarid Australia

Judith M. Bean, Gavin J. Melville, Ronald B. Hacker and Stephen P. Clipperton

10. Published 27 March 2015
Floristic composition and pasture condition of Aristida/Bothriochloa pastures in central Queensland. I. Pasture floristics

R. G. Silcock, T. J. Hall, P. G. Filet, A. M. Kelly, D. Osten, C. M. Schefe and P. T. Knights

11. Published 15 May 2015
Biomass retention and carbon stocks in integrated vegetation bands: a case study of mixed-age brigalow-eucalypt woodland in southern Queensland, Australia

Justin G. Ryan, Christine T. Fyfe and Clive A. McAlpine

12. Published 10 February 2015
Effects of grazing and climate warming on plant diversity, productivity and living state in the alpine rangelands and cultivated grasslands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

Yong Zhang, Qingzhu Gao, Shikui Dong, Shiliang Liu, Xuexia Wang, Xukun Su, Yuanyuan Li, Lin Tang, Xiaoyu Wu and Haidi Zhao

13. Published 10 February 2015
Local perceptions of rangeland degradation and climate change in the pastoral society of Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau

Xiaoyu Wu, Xiangfeng Zhang, Shikui Dong, Hong Cai, Tianren Zhao, Wenjun Yang, Rong Jiang, Yandan Shi and Junlin Shao

14. Published 15 May 2015
Effect of summer livestock grazing on plant species richness and composition in the Himalayan rangelands

Suman Aryal, Geoff Cockfield and Tek Narayan Maraseni

15. Published 27 March 2015
The effects of passage through the gut of goats and cattle, and the application of dung as a fertiliser on seedling establishment of Dichrostachys cinerea and Acacia nilotica

T. J. Tjelele, D. Ward and L. E. Dziba

16. Published 24 July 2015
The effects of a moratorium on land-clearing in the Douglas-Daly region, Northern Territory, Australia

M. J. Lawes, R. Greiner, I. A. Leiper, R. Ninnis, D. Pearson and G. Boggs

17. Published 22 December 2015
Challenging the concept of Aboriginal mosaic fire practices in the Lake Eyre Basin

R. G. Kimber and M. H. Friedel

18. Published 24 July 2015
The population dynamics of some arid zone plants during 46 years of grazing on Mileura Station, Western Australia

S. J. J. F. Davies, S. A. Kenny and T. F. M. Walsh

19. Published 30 October 2015
Improved grazing management practices in the catchments of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia: does climate variability influence their adoption by landholders?

Megan Star, John Rolfe, Peter Long, Giselle Whish and Peter Donaghy

20. Published 30 October 2015
Agricultural transition and land-use change: considerations in the development of irrigated enterprises in the rangelands of northern Australia

Lisa McKellar, Rosalind H. Bark and Ian Watson


      
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