Tablets and smartphones are revolutionizing the way we map, record data and communicate. They are relacing field guides, maps, cameras and GPS units. This edition of News from the Alps is all about harnessing the power of new technology for land management. There’s a great case study from the ACT where the Collector App is used to map weed operations across the Territory. There’s a list of useful apps, plus tips and tricks for newcomers. Technology has the potential to dramatically improve cross border co-operative management. Enjoy.
The Australian Alps bioregion covers barely 0.2% of mainland Australia and yet is estimated to contribute 29% of average inflows into the Murray Darling basin catchment. We live in the hottest, driest, flattest inhabited continent on the planet and there is no more precious resource than water. The Australian Alps are a virtual dam; they supply reliable, clean, base load water that grows food, generates electricity and supports communities. The health of the Australian Alps is a matter of national economic, social and environmental significance. In this 2011 Summary Report by Graeme Worboys & Roger Good, they discuss catchment conditions, trends in condition, threats and makes policy recommendations.
The Research Centre for Applied Alpine Ecology is pleased to announce details of its 2017 Alpine Ecology Course. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about the plants, animals, land-forms and soils that make up alpine ecosystems. The course is designed for people who are involved in natural resource management or conservation activities in alpine and other natural environments. Download an application form here.
Happy Birthday everyone. It’s truly wonderful to see that the Australian Alps nation parks Co-operative Management Program is now marking its 30th year. To celebrate, we’ve crammed this issue of News from the Alps with stories from every perspective. Discover just how politically challenging it was in 1986 to get a cross border co-operative management program across the line. Skip down memory lane with a few past Program Managers and be inspired by the story of the Australian Alps Walking Track. There’s lots to see and enjoy in this souvenir edition, and it all celebrates a visionary decision made three decades ago.
Parks representatives from across Australia will meet in Canberra today and tomorrow to discuss how to deal with the impacts of climate change on the Australian Alps, Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman, announced today.
“The Australian Alps are of critical importance, covering over 1.6 million hectares of public land across eleven national parks and nature reserves in the ACT, NSW and Victoria,” Minister Gentleman said.
“The Australian Alps national parks are an important region of the country, containing Australia’s highest mainland peaks as well as a range of unique flora, fauna and alpine and sub-alpine habitats. The Australian Alps are also the headwater for major river systems, supplying snowmelt waters vital for the environment and our communities.” Minister Gentleman said.
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Two new reports are released today, May 4th 2016. The reports investigate both the estimated numbers of horse in the Australian Alps and the impacts of these populations of alpine landscapes. A summation of both reports can also be accessed under the Australian Alps Factsheet : Wild Horse management.
Read the reports here: