Management of the Coal Seam Gas Industry in NSW – the Science and the Law

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Professor John Williams

Opinion Piece by Adjunct Professor John Williams, Chair, ILWS Board

The science and the law surrounding the development of the coal seam gas (CSG) industry are issues of high public interest in NSW. To foster better understanding of the science and the law a Steering Committee composed of rural landholders, organizational and community representatives and a planning consultant engaged independent experts to contribute to an Independent Coal Seam Gas Science Forum held in Sydney at NSW Parliament House on 25th March, 2014. Read more of this post

Managing Natural Resources in Canada

Natural Resource Management issues faced in Canada are not that dissimilar to those in Australia according to Randy Milton, Manager of Wildlife Resources with the Ecosystems and Habitats Program, with the Department of Natural Resources in Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Randy Milton

“A lot of the issues are the same though the scales may be different,” says Randy, a colleague of Institute Director Professor Max Finlayson. Randy first met Max in 1999 at a Ramsar meeting in Costa Rica. Like Max he is a member of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands’ Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP).
The two have worked together on the United Nations Environment Program’s Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, a couple of academic papers, and, as STRP members, on documents for various resolutions.
His week- long visit to Australia in March was a social one – to catch up with Max for his 60th birthday and “to get away from two metres of snow back home.” Read more of this post

Old Survey Trees

A study of old survey heritage trees bearing the marks of past surveyors  has attracted a lot of interest and responses from the community.

surveytree_pSpooner60Since the call went out to landholders and the community in the Greater Hume, Lockhart and Corowa shires for assistance in finding these trees, the researchers have located 67 trees throughout the region.

“We’ve had a lot of community interest in the project, which has resulted in the discovery of many trees of historic importance,” said Dr Peter Spooner, who leads the project Survey heritage trees: an assessment of their abundance, condition and history, (2013-2014).

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