Reports-current & ‘oldies’…
Over the years Tamar NRM has managed a variety of projects. Final reports are produced at the conclusion of the projects and a few have been selected for you – enjoy the read.
C U R R E N T…
Something new for you…
Tamar NRM has written the Tamar Region Boneseed Eradication Strategy + map showing infestations. The Strategy aims to co-ordinate on-ground action, optimise efficiencies of time and monies spent and to ensure the necessary follow-up for long term outcomes.
The focus of the current Gambusia project is on developing a self sustaining project which can function with minimal external co-ordination and funding. Trapping is now conducted only at the Tamar Island Wetlands. The trapping is conducted by volunteers reflecting the excellent contribution of volunteers from the Tamar Island Wetlands Wildcare Group and Tamar NRM at the wetlands. Revegetation projects are planned for key areas, where shade may be used to control Gambusia. Long narrow channels are able to be heavily shaded by planting of swamp paperbark trees. This deprives Gambusia of the direct sunlight they need for growth and reproduction and at the same time favours native fish which often prefer shade. Community engagement and education activities are also important components of the program. The ongoing community and volunteer involvement has been very pleasing and has been essential to the projects success so far. This is a joint partnership – funding from NRM North through the Tamar Estuary and Esk Rivers (TEER) Program; hosting and administration through Tamar NRM.
Volunteers are always needed to assist with trapping and hand netting and very welcome. Contact the Tamar Island Wetlands on 6327-3964 if you would like to join the Gambusia volunteer group. For an update, go to Report 2012
‘O L D I E S’…
The Tamar Principles
Tamar NRM developed, organised and managed a three day Biodiversity Conference (26-28 June 2007) with local, national and international speakers. Outcomes developed collectively by the participants were The Tamar Principles. These principles have been adopted by Tamar NRM in regard to how our organisation interacts with the community as well as the management of natural resources.
The Tamar Principles are as follows:
Our respect for nature and natural processes starts with respect for ourselves and others.
Consider the future
We have a duty of care to those around us as well as to future generations.
Our goals are as clear as we can make them and we fit our action to the scale of our goals.
Keep an open mind about new ways of thinking and doing.
Personal anecdotes, the experiences of our neighbours, scientific and technical writings, the land and the sea: we listen and learn from them all.
We record our successes and our failures and we recognise, celebrate and promote all who progress.
We seek ways to share or spread across the whole community the costs of biodiversity.
Regional Outcomes On-Farm for Sustainability (ROOFS)
The ROOFS concept was developed into the ROOFS Delivery System through a National Landcare Programme funded scoping study during 2005-06. The report summarises the combined outcomes of two projects, the ROOFS Regional Pilot project and the ROOFS Native Vegetation Pilot project which aimed to trial the delivery of Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the four stage ROOFS program for groups of farmers in the Tamar Region.
What led to the ROOFS development?
Tamar NRM’s interest in utilising Property Planning and Property Management Systems as a framework for delivering on-ground natural resource management by using education, extension and decision support tools to augment the traditional financial incentives and as a more cost effective tool for the delivery of natural resource management and sustainable agriculture.
For more information, please read the 2007 report.
Tamar Sustainability Index (TSI) – Final Summary 2007 (see .pdf summary on disc)
What is the TSI?
The Tamar Sustainability Index (TSI) is a system for calculating the benefits of environmental stewardship services that farmers provide to the wider community. The project was collaboration between CSIRO and Tamar NRM and funded by the Department of Agricultural, Fisheries and Forestry under the National Landcare
Programme. The project commenced in March 2007 and completed by June 2008. A draft specification of the TSI was produced. This involved on-ground field testing and the development of calculation procedures, computerised databases and decision support tools. The TSI was being developed in the Tamar NRM region of Northern Tasmania with a view to national application given appropriate regional adjustments.
For more information, please read the 2008 report.