03 November 2009
Tuesday 10 November (Canberra)
Workshop Two: Plants of Grassy Ecosystems (beginners) Registrations open
Wednesday 11 November (Canberra)
There are still a few places available for workshop two: Plants of Grassy Ecosystems. For more information and to check availability please contact the ANPC office this week on 02 6250 9509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grants are for one year only and this year’s theme is ‘Reducing our carbon footprint’.They are not intended to fund core, on-ground natural resource management activities. Projects should be educational and of general interest, and should encourage people to become involved in natural resource management activities during World Environment Day on 5 June 2010.
Applications close Friday 18 December 2009 and more information is available at http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/funding/nr_awareness_grants/index.html
In accordance with Section 194(G) of the EPBC Act, the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) considered all nominations that satisfied the regulations, and prepared a Proposed Priority Assessment List (PPAL). The Minister established the FPAL after considering advice from the Committee. The nominations on the FPAL will be assessed by the Committee within the scheduled timeframe (see list), and the Minister will decide whether each species, ecological community or key threatening process warrants listing based on the Committee’s advice.
COURSE: International Certificate in Botanic Garden Management in the Asia Pacific Region, Singapore, 5 - 20th March 2010
The course is run by BGCI, BGANZ and Singapore Botanic Gardens. The deadline for receipt of course and scholarship applications is 30 November 2009. For more information click here .
01 October 2009
Identifying Plants of Grassy Ecosystems
Workshop One: Grass Identification for beginners
Tuesday 10 November (Canberra)
Aim: To introduce participants to the characteristics of grasses, and provide the skills and information required to positively identify some common genera. The first half of the day involves presentations, microscope work and identification keys. The afternoon session includes a field trip to an ACT Reserve, where participants will become familiar with field characteristics. By the end of the day participants will be become familiar with at least six abundant and widespread genera of the ACT.
Venue: Australian National Botanic Gardens & an ACT conservation reserve
Workshop Two: Plants of Grassy Ecosystems for beginners
Wednesday 11 November (Canberra)
Aim: To introduce participants to grassy ecosystems, their diversity and ecology. We will use some of the most commonly encountered plant groups: daisies, lilies, orchids, wattles and eucalypts to introduce you to the best identification resources (printed, on-line, and interactive). You will also learn how to access the experts through the identification services of the major herbaria. Along the way we will de-mystify identification 'keys', and introduce you to useful field characters to look for. The afternoon session includes a field trip to an ACT Reserve.
Venue: Australian National Botanic Gardens & an ACT conservation reserve
Workshop Fees - per workshop
(includes catering, transport, information pack, hand lens & GST)
ANPC member: $110/day *Concession (ANPC member): $85/day
Non-member: $120/day *Concession (non-member): $95/day
*Concession is for non-employed: volunteer community group members, full-time students, pensioners.
Registration forms available from the ANPC:
Ph: 02 6250 9509
Fax: 02 6250 9528
Registrations close: 5:00pm Wednesday 4 November 2009
(numbers are limited so register early)
Workshops supported by an ACT Environment Grant, the Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, The Australian National Botanic Gardens and Friends of Grasslands
11 September 2009
"we need many tools in our arsenal to deal with the inevitable impacts, many of them negative, that climate change will bring. This book is one of those tools, and an incredibly important one.
One of the important features of the book is its emphasis on the role of germplasm conservation, in all its forms, for conservation practice, both now and in the future. Ex-situ conservation will never take the place of good in-situ conservation practice, but aims to complement and enhance it, with the ultimate objective being to support the survival and continued evolution of species in self-sustaining populations in the wild.
We won’t be able to save everything, but tools like these will give us a much better shot".
Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia
Edited by C.A. Offord and P.F. Meagher
Published by Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) in partnership with Australian Seed Conservation and Research (AuSCaR)
Available now from ANPC for AUD $39.95 (plus postage and handling)
Ph: 02 6250 9509 or email email@example.com
The NSW Government is reviewing the State Plan. For more information and to have your say visit the Community Forum Page.
Submissions open until Wednesday 16 September.
Review of the Native Vegetation Act 2003
The Minister for Climate Change and the Environment is seeking written submissions on the review of the Native Vegetation Act to determine whether the policy objectives of the Act remain valid and whether the terms of the Act remain appropriate for securing those objectives.
To provide comments download the Discussion Paper or email inquiries to NVact.firstname.lastname@example.org Written submissions can be sent to: Mr Tom Grosskopf Director Landscapes and Ecosystems Conservation Branch Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water PO Box A290 SYDNEY SOUTH, NSW 1232
Submissions close 23 September 2009
10 September 2009
The revised GSPC is now available on the CBD website for peer review, and can be accessed at: www.cbd.int/gspc/gspcreview. Comments are invited until 1st October 2009.
09 September 2009
CONGRESS: Biennial BGANZ Congress, Plan(e)t Priorities: Regional Realties, Mackay, 8 - 11 October 2009
The ANPC is currently seeking articles for the next edition of the bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation with the theme of Local Government and Plant Conservation. If you know of or are involved with any Local Government projects where the main objective is native plant conservation (eg. threatened species/ecosystems, revegetation/rehabilitation,remnant vegetation management) - please consider promoting these projects through the ANPC. The deadline for articles is 27 November and author guidelines can be found at: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/pdffiles/APCGuideContrib.pdf
To view previous issues:
Contact the ANPC Project Manager for more information (02) 6250 9523 or email@example.com
18 August 2009
NEW PUBLICATION: 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia, strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections'
In 1997 the ANPC produced the 'Germplasm conservation guidelines for Australia - an introduction to the principles and practices for seed and germplasm banking of Australian species'. Given the advances in germplasm conservation over the past decade and a call to document these, the ANPC recognised the need to update the guidelines. In partnership with AuSCaR, the ANPC has produced 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia, strategies and guidelines for developing, managing and utilising ex situ collections' (2009). The new publication provides up-dated guidelines and standards for the capture, storage and use of wild plant germplasm for long-term conservation in Australia, including the recovery of threatened plant species and the conservation of genetic diversity in the face of climate change. The guidelines will also be useful for shorter-term projects in the restoration and revegetation industry and community sectors.
For more information on 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia' please contact the ANPC office 02 6250 9523 or firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFERENCE DATE CLAIMER: Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc., 8th National Conference 2010
28 September to 1 October 2010, Perth, Western Australia
(photo: David Coates)
17 August 2009
Plant ID - native grasses (beginner - intermediate)
Plant ID - grassy woodlands (beginner - intermediate)
For more information contact the ANPC office 02 6250 9509 or email@example.com
16 August 2009
A blueprint for the design of sustainable landscapes
By Stephen Murphy
Published by Ballarat Region Treegrowers, Recreating the Country challenges landholders and land managers to consider new ways of thinking about how we might reverse the inexorable decline and disappearance of Australian plants and animals from rural landscapes. While integrating conservation and production has become the catchcry from foresters to dairy farmers, what can be done practically?
This book provides the ‘stretch goals’ and the blueprint for ways of adding habitat and designing more wildlife-friendly properties. It’s set to become the bible for a new form of revegetation – the biorich plantation. Integrated with other forms of vegetation, these plantings would aim to enrich habitat potential across rural landscapes, not just for a lifetime, but in perpetuity.
The book can be purchased for $20 and $5 postage, visit the Australian Forest Growers website.
11 July 2009
SYMPOSIUM, WEEDS: Celebrating 20 years, Managing Weeds in a Climate of Change, 10th Queensland Weed Symposium, Yeppoon, Qld, 26 - 29 July 2009
10 July 2009
Planet Ark is currently seeking individuals to register and run local tree planting and bush regeneration sites. For more information or to register see the Planet Ark website: www.planetark.org
The theme is ‘threatened species, their habitats and their threats in the NT.’ It is open to all ages and for all mediums with great prizes on offer. Individuals as well as community groups and schools are invited to submit works. Entries close 24 August 2009.
Works will be on display at the Darwin Entertainment Centre Gallery from 7 - 10th September with an official opening and winners announced by Ms Alison Anderson MLA. A selection of winning entries will then be on display at the Alice Springs Desert Park.
Please contact TSN for more details on (08) 8941 7554 or firstname.lastname@example.org
06 July 2009
The aim of the forum is to deliver to a wider audience the results of nearly ten years of seed conservation work in Australia with help from the Millennium Seed Bank Project, Kew. The forum will also be used to launch 'Plant Germplasm Conservation in Australia' a new text for practitioners and researchers working in the field of ex situ plant conservation. The book is published in partnership with the Australian Plant Conservation Network and launched in time for Threatened Species day on Monday 7th September.
Registration closes 24 July or until sold out. For more information contact Tom North 08 9480 3969 Thomas.email@example.com or Meg Hirst (Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne) 03 9252 2379 Megan.Hirst@rbg.vic.gov.au
12 June 2009
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr Tony Burke said, 'the decision followed extensive discussions with local Landcare groups and strong representations from a number of MPs'. From next year as a result of this up to 56 Landcare coordinator positions will be funded across Australia.
15 May 2009
INTERNATIONAL: Plant Conservation Day 18 May - Celebrating the world's plants and taking action to conserve them
So far over 1500 people have registered and almost 850 surveys have been conducted using the RabbitScan Google Maps data capture tool - multiple sites are welcome to give a more accurate understanding of the presence or absence of rabbits and their impacts on your landscapes.
Landholders, Council Officers, Landcare group members, Regional Body bodies anyone who knows where rabbits live, should record all the rabbit spots in your district. More records are needed for rural areas as much of the data so far has come from urban areas.
Sightings can be recorded at the RabbitScan website, www.rabbitscan.net.au, or via SMS, simply SMS the following details to 0421 690 892:
- Rabbit numbers spotted (range from 0-10, 10-20, 20-30, 30-40 seen over a km walk or drive)
- Location/s of sighting/s an address or GPS point
- When seen (date)
- Senders name and phone number or email
14 May 2009
08 May 2009
RESTORATION: Global Restoration Network’s Search for the 'Top 25' Australasian Ecological Restoration Projects
CONFERENCE, RESTORATION: 'Making Change in a Changing World', SERI 2009 World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Perth, 23 - 27 August 2009
With a focus on Making Change in a Changing World, the local conference organising committee hope to engage the debate on the impact of a changing world on our restoration capabilities. With this focus, SER International 2009 aims to accommodate as many interests as possible. The meeting will host an array of themes representing current research and global restoration practice. Themes that are relevant, of high focus and contemporary in Australia will also be part of the SER International 2009 program.
CONFERENCE, CLIMATE & ECOLOGY: 10th International Congress of Ecology, Brisbane, 16 - 21 August 2009
The tenth INTECOL meeting in Brisbane in 2009 has a theme of Ecology in a Changing Climate, Two Hemispheres, One Globe. Ecologists from around the world will explore how global climate change has impacted, and will further impact, ecosystems and their vital services to human communities. They will explore unique features of ecosystems in the southern and northern hemispheres but look for common elements in a search for solutions to this looming problem.
Symposia will represent all scales of ecology from individual organisms to landscapes, and report on a diversity of ecosystems from marine to freshwater aquatic systems and terrestrial ecosystems from arid to rainforest and from polar to tropical.
The meeting will bring expert ecological commentary on a range of vital processes including land and water use, sea level change, restoration of ecosystems, biotic invasions, changing water patterns, urban ecology and fire ecology. It will include discussions on long term monitoring of ecosystems, on incorporating ecological knowledge into policy, on integrating indigenous knowledge into conventional science, and on communicating ecological information to a broader community.
While the meeting will attract an international attendance the ecological research of the two host countries, New Zealand and Australia will be on display, and visiting delegates will have the opportunity to appreciate both the unique biotas of these two countries and the strong basic and applied research effort applied to regional ecological issues that could be translated to other regions.
WEEDS, RIPARIAN: Habitat Management Guide, Weed management in riparian areas: south eastern Australia
However, well designed weed management programs can achieve positive outcomes in riparian areas.
The CRC for Australian Weed Management Habitat Management Guide, Weed management in riparian areas: south eastern Australia is designed to provide assistance to managers of riparian areas in planning their weed management programs, and in so doing, highlight some of the challenges inherent in riparian weed management. Background material is provided about riparian areas and the weed species typically found in riparian areas in south-eastern Australia, particularly Victoria.
The steps required to develop an effective riparian weed management program are described. These steps outline general principles but do not provide management prescriptions for individual weed species or riparian sites.
While complementing other recent weed management guidelines, the information in this document highlights the central role played by water flow, particularly flooding, in shaping riparian areas and their weed management.
WEEDS, RAINFOREST: Habitat Management Guide, Rainforests: Ecological management principles for strategic management of weeds in rainforest habitats
A species-by-species approach to management becomes more difficult and costly with each new introduction, particularly as biological, ecological and spatial information is often sparse. The logistical difficulties involved in detecting, controlling and eradicating weeds in rainforest habitats means that resources are not available to deal with each species individually. Rather, a range of strategies are necessary for management, including focused management of high-risk single species, strategies that target suites of species, and strategies that target entire landscapes.
The CRC for Australian Weed Management Habitat Management Guide, Rainforests: Ecological management principles for strategic management of weeds in rainforest habitats focuses on the ecological processes that govern weed invasion in rainforest habitats and the ecological principles for strategically managing them so as to minimise weed introduction and spread.
- Saturday, 13 June - Fungi of the Rainforest
- Sunday, 19 July - Propagation of Local Rainforest Plants
- Sunday, 23 August - Gardening with Rainforest Plants
- Sunday, 18 October - Flora and Fauna of the Rainforest
- Sunday, 22 November - Cooking with Rainforest Plants
- trips to grassland sites
- providing help to landowners and grassland managers
- hands-on conservation work
- slide nights and other presentations
- education programs and community liaison
EUCALYPT & GRASSES WORKSHOPS (NSW): Eucalypt and grasses identification workshops various Sydney locations
- Hawkesbury Council, August 29 and 30 Eucalypt identification workshop, contact Martin Gauci 02 4560 4525, confirm venue with Martin
- Kuring-gai Council, August 8 and 9 Eucalypt identification workshop, contact Jocelyn Chenu 02 9424 1079, confirm venue with Jocelyn
- Willoughby Council, June 27 and 28 Grasses identification workshop and August 17 and 18 Eucalypt identification workshop, contact Judy Morris 02 9777 7876, confirm venue with Judy
- Pittwater Council, August 22 and 23 Eucalypt identification workshop, contact Lavinia Schofield 02 9970 1365, confirm venue with Lavinia, http://www.pittwater.nsw.gov.au/environment/whats_on/eucalyptus_identification_workshop
Rosemary.Purdie@environment.gov.au) know; just provide your name and a hard copy postal address. The person who does the review gets to keep the copy of the book.
25 March 2009
Register now for ANPC National Forum on conservation on private land, Halls Gap, Vic. 30 April - 1 May 2009
For further information, program, and registration visit ANPC Conferences.