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Christopher Strong Natural Resource Management Fellowship 2015

Christopher Strong Natural Resource Management Fellowship 2015 . . . . . .

The fellowship recognises the vision, passion and appreciation Christopher Strong had for the natural world. It respects and values his significant contributions to the management of our resources with his dedication and tireless contribution to Tamar Natural Resource Management.

2015 Recipients:  Lochlan Skinner & Liam Scanlan

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Project: “Coastal Stability of the Weymouth area”.

Lochlan Skinner’s project built on past research work he had done on the Weymouth/Bellingham coastal region with supervisor Joanne Ellison (coastal geomorphology UTAS).

Lochlan presented his findings to the George Town Coastal Community on 7th February 2016.

Lochlan’s final report can be found at:

http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Weymouth-report-for-printing-Lochlan-Skinner.pdf

Lochlan Skinner, 2015 – Assessing and maintaining the coastal stability of Weymouth Beach, Tasmania

Project: “Assessing vulnerability of salt marshes to impacts of sea level rise in the Tamar Estuary, Tasmania: Report to Tamar NRM”

Liam Scanlan’s project focused on identifying areas for managed retreat of saltmarsh wetlands using sea-level rise and inundation projection maps, and also highlighting increased pressure from invasive species.

Liam’s final report can be accessed at:

http://www.tamarnrm.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Saltmarsh-Tamar-NRM-Report.pdf

Do you know someone who would qualify for a fellowship?

The Fellowship is open to any individual/school/community group undertaking a project in a Rural or Urban area.

  1. a) Rural – Improvement of sustainable agriculture through research, trials and experiments OR improvement and/or maintenance of local ecosystem(s);
  2. b) Urban – Improvement of sustainable living OR improvement and/or maintenance of local ecosystem(s).

Funding allocated for the project is up to $1,500.

(to be used for associated project costs and expenses only)

Criteria

Applications will be judged on the following:

  • Must be managed and relate to the Tamar Region;
  • Must emphasise improvement in either a rural or urban area(s);
  • Must be completed within twelve months on receipt of funds.

Next Round Opens: 1st February 2016

Closes: 31st March 2016

Workshop December 3rd: Backyards to Broadacres – ‘Know your Tamar soils’

Bring your Soil Sample for testing
Bring your Soil Sample for testing

‘Know your Tamar soils’

To celebrate 2015 as International Year of Soils Tamar NRM and Tas Farming Futures proudly present an interactive program for all agriculture industries on soil characteristics and the management practices that will help you get the best productivity outcome. The day will include hands-on outside activities such as soil assessment and in-field tests.

Where: Tresca Community Centre, Main Rd Exeter
When: Thursday 3rd December 2015 – 9.30 am to 3 pm            Cost: $25 (includes lunch)

SECURE YOUR SPOT AT THE WORKSHOP
For further information contact Greg Lundstrom on 0438 642 112; 6323 3310 or [email protected]

COME AND HEAR FROM OUR EXPERTS

 We have a stellar cast of speakers coming for the workshop:

Dr. Doris Blaesing (RMCG)

Doris Blaesing is Associate Principal with RMCG. She has extensive experience in managing RD&E, resource management and strategic agricultural and horticultural projects. Doris majored in soil science at Hannover University, Germany and conducted postdoc studies at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland. Doris has extensive knowledge and experience in integrated soil and crop health management, both, from a scientific and practical perspective. During her career she has also often worked with a focus and the post farm gate sector (e.g. business development, postharvest management, food safety).Prior to consulting Doris worked as lecturer, researcher (University, government and private provider), and as horticulture manager in an export business.  

Chris Grose (DPIPWE)

Chris Grose is a soil scientist with over 30 years’ experience in soil mapping and land evaluation much of it in Tasmania. Originally from the UK, Chris arrived in Australia after spending several years investigating soils in Papua New Guinea. He has also worked in Kuwait, Israel, the Philippines and three years in the United Arab Emirates. Since arriving in Australia in the early 1990s Chris has worked predominantly in Tasmania for the Department of Primary Industries where he was initially involved in leading the land capability mapping program, publishing the second edition of the Land Capability Handbook in 1999. He has also been involved with a variety of projects relating to land degradation risk mapping and has made numerous presentations to farmers, schools and planners on topics ranging from land capability to soil health and property management planning. Chris is currently involved with two major projects one looking at modelling land suitability for growing a range of different crops around Tasmania and the other a monitoring project looking at changes in soil condition over time. Chris is currently the President of the Tasmanian Branch of Soil Science Australia and is an enthusiastic traveller, bushwalker and photographer.

 Donna Lucas (RMCG)

Donna is an Agricultural Consultant with RM Consulting Group.  She works with farmers and agribusiness putting research into practice. She has always had an interest in soils since she was a young girl growing up on the farm.

Ashley Hobbins (RMCG)

Ashley is an extension officer with RMCG. Her main role is helping producers improve on-farm efficiency through one-on-one consulting, facilitating workshops and developing communications materials through the ‘Tas Farming Futures’ project. Soil health and in particular soil carbon plays a large role in the work she does.

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Poster Link & more details

Fiesta on George – Saturday 18 October 2014
We were there in Yorktown Square with a table of our ‘goodies’ to share with the community. It was a wonderful day with everything happily working for everyone – the weather was good, next door stall holders were lovely to talk to, great viewing of what was happening, great coffee/tea/hot chocolate was there for the drinking.

Thank you to anyone who stopped and chatted to us – it was great to meet so many new people. Thank you, too, for our invitation from Urban Farming Tasmania (our contact was Bridgette) to come along and join the fiesta fun. We had a ball and have already hinted we would very much like to come next year.

What we could see standing behind our table…our fellow Fiesta-ees