Barry (B.J.) Traill directs Pew’s efforts in Australia, where he works with partner organisations to secure protection for outstanding areas of the nation’s natural heritage on land and at sea.
Before joining Pew, Barry worked for 25 years as a conservation advocate and zoologist for Australian state and national organisations. He negotiated private land conservation issues for Trust for Nature in Victoria and also worked on native woodland conservation with the Victorian National Parks Association, Environment Victoria, and The Wilderness Society.
He was instrumental in establishing nationally coordinated work on the protection of Australia’s woodlands, including legislation that sharply reduced broad-scale tree-clearing rates in Queensland. He was a founder of the Northern Australia Environment Alliance and the Invasive Species Council.
Barry holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in terrestrial ecology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
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The Outback is facing threats. Invasive animals and noxious weeds have spread across the region, pushing many native species to near-extinction levels. Uncontrolled fires can burn entire landscapes and threaten native plants, animals, and people. And rampant development and resource extraction are scarring the land and diminishing habitat for flora and fauna. Read More
In Australia’s rugged and remote Outback, a program that employs Indigenous Rangers to care for vast areas of land has become a remarkable success story. Under the Federal Government’s Indigenous Ranger and Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) programs, rangers are rising from often extreme social and economic disadvantage to help ensure that tens of millions of hectares of Outback lands... Read More
While the classic images of the Australian Outback are of red, sandy deserts and dry bushland, parts of the country’s vast, remote landscape—including Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park in northwestern Queensland—harbor rich, tropical forests, full of plant and animal life and plenty of freshwater. Boodjamulla, which is fed by a vast limestone aquifer, is a hotspot of... Read More