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The Great Western Woodlands (GWW) – which covers 16 million ha west, west and south of Kalgoorlie, is regarded as the largest remaining area of intact Mediterranean-climate woodland left on Earth and contains about 3,000 species of flowering plants, about a fifth of all known flora in Australia. The Granite outcrops – which are notable features in the WA wheatbelt and the GWW - are either inselbergs (isolated rock hills or knobs) or monoliths, (a single massive stone or rock). Erosion usually exposes these geological formations, which are often made of very hard and solid metamorphic or igneous rock made from granite. Given that they sometimes have gnamma holes in them that store water for lengthy periods after rain, they were important water sources for Indigenous peoples. Since European settlement, the granite outcrops have been used as catchments for reservoirs, given the absence of potable groundwater. They are also favoured winter picnic and camping spots. 
For more information about this terrific area:

Photo credit: Don Burnside
Yes we are! 
The Rangeland Journal Vol 40 (2) abstracts are now available to read on our website. 
photo credit: David Eldridge
Just in case you hadn't heard: Farming Together is a $14,934,000 Federal Government initiative that aims to provide farmers with knowledge, skills and materials on collaborative ideas, co-operative structures and collective strategies. Find out more here:
The NT DPIR is in need of a Livestock Industry Development Extension Officer. The successful applicant will be responsible for beef and rangeland management extension. For more information, go to this website and search for this position number: 026867
Another terrific paper from the 2017 ARS Conference: "The climate has always been changing: Perspectives of climate change in far west NSW". Thanks for the great read Emily Berry and Graciela Metternicht
Attendees of the 2015 ARS Conference in Alice Springs may remember a wonderful lady who spoke proudly about the work she and her family undertook as part of the Business Management Advisory Project on Mistake Creek Station. Only a few weeks ago, she passed away but the contribution she made to her family and her community will never be forgotten. #RestInPeace
In the coming weeks we will be profiling some of the papers presented at the 2017 ARS Conference, like this one: "Using FarmMaps 4D to improve management of Indigenous pastoral infrastructure"

Disclaimer: These papers have not been refereed by the Conference Program Committee.

#4Dmaps #infrastructure #development #landscape #technology #appliedtehcnology #rangelands #conference
A beautiful Cartonema brought in to Katherine Research Station for identification earlier in the week. Although native and common in northern Australia according to this particular specimen had the entire KRS staff talking! 
Now happy that it has been identified as not being a weed species, the specimen has been potted up and is commonly referred to as Pete after the observant gent who brought he plant in.  #happyAustraliaDay #rangelands #nativespecies
Are you a member? If so, be sure to check out this featured article in The Rangeland Journal: Invasive species and their impacts on agri-ecosystems: issues and solutions for restoring ecosystem processes
"Perennial grasses: critically important to preserving land condition and improving the pastoral value of native grasslands, but how to bring them back without spending dump truck loads of money? Judith Bean, et al. share their story..."
Have you participated in the 2017 Regional Wellbeing Survey?
It's incredibly comprehensive yet easy with answer options having remarkable insight. If you have a few spare minutes, this is definitely worthwhile:

#regionalhealth #environment #community
This photo comes from well known rangeland scientist, Peter O'Reagain, from his trip to the USA in February. 
With the 75 year old grazing exclosure in the foreground and moderate stocking rate across the fenceline, the exclosure acts as a gauge for grazing managers. 
#rangelands #rangelandscience #grasslands #graziers #grazing #rangemanagement #usa #grazingexclosures #seventyfiveyearsofhistory