Dear RRR Conference Delegates,
We hope you have fond memories still of the Restore, Regenerate, Revegetate Conference held in Armidale earlier this year.
As promised, we are recording the conference legacy in different ways. There has been considerable interest in the conference outputs, both written and spoken, from people all around Australia who were unable to attend the conference as well as from yourselves.
Video Recordings of Conference Presentations
I am therefore delighted to announce that spoken presentations are now available on the web. The Local Organising Committee would like to thank delegates for so readily agreeing to having their talks published, in order to disseminate some of the great messages and work that we heard about in February. Please visit the conference presentations page at: http://www.une.edu.au/about-une/academic-schools/school-of-environmental-and-rural-science/ers-news-and-events/restore-regenerate-revegetate-conference-2017 and revisit some of those wonderful talks.
Conference Special Issue of The Rangeland Journal
A/Prof Wal Whalley and Dr Rhiannon Smith have been working hard with half of our RRR Conference plenary and keynote presenters, and have almost completed the task of having a set of invited papers reviewed and ready for publication. Most of the papers are now making their way online at the journal website. Abstracts of papers by Campbell, Gross, Jones (2), Prober and Hobbs are available at ‘online early’ at http://www.publish.csiro.au/rj#OnlineEarly , and abstracts of papers by Sindel, Broadhurst, Fleming and Brown can be viewed under ‘just accepted’ at: http://www.publish.csiro.au/rj#JustAccepted. At the time that the special issue is published in hard copy (we anticipate a cover date of December 2017), the publishers have agreed to make the entire issue open access online for three months. At this point we will again write and advise you of this wonderful opportunity to revisit some of the plenary and keynote speakers’ contributions in a more permanent format.
Conference Special Issue of Ecological Management & Restoration
I am afraid I have not been as diligent as Wal and Rhiannon, but I am pleased to report that most of the remaining conference plenary and keynote presenters have submitted their work for this second special issue of conference outputs. Manuscripts by Lindenmayer, McDonald, Paton, Capon, Gibson-Roy, Watson, Norton, Caterall and Maron, are making their way through the review system, with perhaps two or three more papers to come in by the end of this month. We are aiming at publication of this online special issue in April 2018, again with a period of online open access.
RRR Conference Proceedings
Rhiannon has also been working with many of you to finalise refereeing, review and acceptance of your conference papers for the proceedings. This has taken longer than we had hoped, as some delegates were unable to review others’ papers as we had initially envisioned. Revised manuscripts are due to be returned to Rhiannon by the end of this week. Assuming they do all come in promptly, and the revisions are acceptable, we should be able to collate and format the papers for publication in the proceedings in December.
As you are aware, the Armidale Declaration has been published online here at the conference website for some months. I have now contacted the nation’s leaders, alerting them to the Declaration, in the hope that through your communiqué, 2018 will bring better news for Australian environment.
I will write again shortly, when the conference proceedings are published and with further news about the conference special issues.
Professor Nick Reid
On behalf of the RRR Publication Editorial Working Group and Conference Organising Committee