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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“If they don’t support us, we’re not going to be able to maintain this land.” Rarrtjiwuy Melanie Herdman, a 27-year-old Traditional Owner, is talking about Australia’s politicians and about the Outback, specifically Arnhem Land in the country’s far north, where Herdman has lived since birth. Read More
The Outback—the cathedral of Australia—is crumbling. So says pastoralist Michael Clinch, a veteran stockman whose family has been living and working on the land for four generations. A century of neglect has left much of the Outback, which covers more than 70 percent of the continent, wilting under stresses that include invasive species and wildfires. Hope for the area’s... Read More
Only a small number of vast natural landscapes—wild regions where ecological processes and the movement of wildlife function normally—remain on Earth. The Australian Outback is one of them. Read More