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Native grassland management forum - Bathurst

Finding the balance between farm production and conservation is the focus of a free Native Grassland Management forum taking place at Bathurst on Monday 14 November.

Native grasslands can be a valuable and resilient asset in Tablelands farming systems and this forum organised by Central Tablelands Local Land Services will highlight best practice grazing and management principles to make the most of healthy and productive native pastures.

“The forum is free and we are keen to see both farmers and other land managers come along and discuss how to manage and protect native grasslands in our landscape, as peer learning is valuable,” said event organiser and Senior Land Services Officer, Phil Cranney.

“This event also presents a great opportunity to learn from two native grassland experts, Meredith Mitchell from Agriculture Victoria, and Jacqui Stol from CSIRO.”

Senior research scientist and pasture agronomist, Meredith Mitchell, will focus on production, persistence and diversity in native pastures.

Meredith has more than 25 years experience in researching pastures and grazing management systems, and has collaborated with agricultural scientists from across Australia.  She was also previously involved in the CRC for Plant Based Management of Dryland Salinity and the Future Farm Industries CRC.

Jacqui Stol is a Senior Experimental Scientist in the CSIRO’s Biodiversity, Ecosystem Knowledge and Services Program and has been working in vegetation ecology and biodiversity for over 20 years looking at how these native grasslands and woodlands interact with grazing and agricultural systems.

Jacqui’s presentation will look at grassy ground layers, and grazing and management principles for a healthy and diverse woodland.

Following the morning presentations, forum participants will then head out into a Box Gum Grassy Woodland area near Bathurst to identify native species and discuss management strategies to improve the environment.

The ‘Finding the Balance Native Grassland Management Forum’ will take place on Monday 14 November in the James Hardie room at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst.

The forum is funded by the NSW Government Catchment Action program.

For more information contact Phil Cranney on mobile: 0458 745 478 or email:

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