Blog

  • Welcome to our Yass Gorge: insight into Yass’ natural treasure

    Welcome to Our Yass Gorge by Geoff Robertson and Ryl Parker provides a terrific introduction to this special part of our region. Yass Gorge, stretching from Flat Rock Crossing to the Yass Dam wall, is a wonderful natural treasure in the middle of Yass and an ideal place to visit and learn about the geology, […]

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  • Streamside forests top the scales for carbon storage

    Restoring forests is an important strategy for climate change management, and in recent years we have seen a global effort working towards forest restoration.  The carbon storage potential of forests, particularly streamside forests, is often overlooked.  In November 2018, however, researchers released findings following an intensive compilation and analysis of carbon storage data from 117 reports, […]

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  • Encouraging research shows small habitat patches crucial to species survival

    Small, local patches of bushland and vegetation are more important than we previously thought. A global study was published in late 2018 that looked at the conservation values of vegetation patches in 27 countries, including Australia, and found that small vegetation patches play an important role in biodiversity conservation. “Compared to large and well connected habitat areas, […]

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  • Sustainable Farms Summer Afternoon Field Days

    Through February and March, ANU’s Sustainable Farms Team is hosting the Summer Afternoon series of Field Days. The Summers field days are focused on Water (Farm Dams and Riparian Areas) and Shelterbelts, and how managing and creating these natural assets well, can improve the productivity of your farm and also create a better on farm […]

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  • What the world needs now is more swamps

    Swamps are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems on earth, and play an important role in mitigating the impacts of climate change. At Rivers of Carbon we have been talking about swamps and wetlands as “Buffers, sponges and moderators” because they play an important role in moderating flows, preventing flooding downstream and storing water during […]

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  • Adventurous volunteering in the Upper Murrumbidgee!

    Deep in the heart of the riverine gorges of the Upper Murrumbidgee you will find beautiful rock cascades and bottle-brushes with thick trunks gripping the rocky banks, holding on to withstand the high flows that this river would once have regularly endured. These gorges have also long been the home of our iconic native fish […]

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  • What is the 4 per 1000 initiative?

    The ‘4 per 1000’ initiative is an international initiative launched in December 2015 – but still very relevant – that aims to demonstrate that agriculture and agricultural soils play a crucial role in ensuring food security and managing climate change. The ambition of the initiative is to encourage stakeholders to transition towards a productive, highly resilient agriculture, […]

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  • Workshop Recap: Engaging Stakeholders and Communicating Effectively

    When we collaborate with others, we invest in establishing strong, enduring relationships. Humans are social beings, therefore we must take time to listen, understand and appreciate the perceptions, networks and communities people are part of. It is this behaviour that builds connection and trust, and this was the foundation of our 2-day workshop last week. […]

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  • Film Launch Recap: Buffers, Sponges & Moderators

    “Buffers, sponges and moderators?” I am often greeted with a puzzled look when anyone hears the name of our new film ‘Buffers, sponges and moderators’, but after our launch last week, I am sure any confusion will be cleared up as people learn all about the buffering, sponging and moderating functions wetlands and swampy meadows […]

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  • Event Recap – Burra Erosion Community Conversation

    It was a wild, windy and wet morning as I drove out to Burra, just on the outskirts of Queanbeyan and Canberra, to setup for our Erosion Community Conversation. When I arrived at the Burra Community Association Hall I was greeted by Janelle from the Molonglo Catchment Group saying “we’ve got no power”. I am […]

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