Roger Good was a well known, deeply dedicated alpine ecologist. He passed away in October. He was a member of the Carruthers Group – a group of eminent alpine ecologists and scientists – which was active around the issue of alpine grazing.
The following was written by Graeme L. Worboys, Andy Spate, Adrienne Nicotra, Graeme Enders, Jennie Whinam and Stuart Johnston, and appeared in edition 52 of the News from the Alps newsletter.
Sadly, on October 12th, 2015, one of Australia’s eminent alpine ecologists and naturalists,
Roger Good lost a battle with cancer. Roger loved nature and his contributions to national and international conservation efforts during his professional career contributed significantly to a better Australia and a better planet. Roger’s early professional career began in the 1960s with the NSW Soil Conservation Service where he helped manage the restoration of severely eroding catchments in the then Kosciuszko State Park.
In the 1970s Roger commenced work with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and his professional contributions included early computer modelling work of fire in natural mountain environments; contributions to the establishment of the Victorian Alpine National Park; changes to the governance of fire management in Kosciuszko National Park (from the Hume Snowy Bushfire Prevention Scheme to the National Parks and Wildlife Service); and, the establishment of the Australian Alps national parks Cooperative Management Program. Cohesive management for Australia’s mountain catchments that span two states and a territory was made possible by a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and Roger Good was one of four visionaries that helped establish this MOU (and the subsequent formation of the AALC).
Roger’s contributions in the Australian Alps national parks have been outstanding. He has achieved on-ground conservation restoration in alpine and wetland environments; facilitated improved science-based management, particularly for fire and wetlands and he facilitated enduring multi-government co-operation for looking after the Alps parks and the catchments they protect. His permanent legacy to all Australians is an alpine area that is recovering and has an extant, rich, diverse and spectacular Alps flora and fauna that is National Heritage Listed. He will be greatly missed.
NB: The Australian National Botanic Gardens have established a special fund in honour of Roger, who had been a long-time supporter of the Gardens, for the development of an Alpine Garden. You can donate here.