Paul Sattler OAM
Paul is a biologist and former President of the Royal Society. His published 219-page work Five Million Hectares: A Conservation Memoir is available online here (11.5MB). The work is a highly readable and informative story of the author’s professional journey and, in particular, the major expansion of Queensland’s national park estate, particularly in the 1990s. The memoir is recommended reading for any scientist or policy officer involved in biodiversity conservation, ecosystem mapping and, indeed, nature conservation generally – as well as those looking for insight into political and bureaucratic events within the nature conservation sector during the period. The Society is delighted to be able to make this landmark report available to an international audience through this website and to publish a summary in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland vol. 119.
Alan Lauder’s Carbon Grazing
Carbon grazing refers to management of pastoral land in a way that maximises carbon flows. Carbon flows at different speeds through ecosystems, including through livestock. An understanding of this principle changes one’s approach to land management. Graziers need to be harvesting only the surplus, not the means by which a usable surplus is generated. They should harvest what resides above ground after adequate carbon has flowed to all parts of the landscape, such as after rain. This approach will ensure future animal production and ongoing environmental resilience.
Alan’s pioneering insights into the management of pastoral landscapes by timing – dynamic management of carbon production – are explained in his book Carbon Grazing and are summarised in the attached update. He has also written an opinion piece for the Proceedings volume 119, pointing out the importance of supporting research based on paddock observations by non-credentialled scientists.
Dr Bill Laurance
Dr Bill Laurance, Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS) based at James Cook University, in an article published in The Conversation, “The world’s forests will collapse if we don’t learn to say ‘no’”, has drawn attention to the ongoing destruction of the world’s forests.