18 December 2010

ANPC: Position Vacant (Office Manager)

The Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) is a non-profit incorporated body with a membership of government and non-government institutions, botanical gardens, researchers, educators, land-managers, community groups and individuals with an interest in and a commitment to plant conservation.

Location: Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra
Employment conditions: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award 2010
Classification: Social and Community Services Employee Level 4 (Salary range: $40,104 to $43, 255 pro-rata, negotiable)
Hours of Employment: Part-time 22.8 hrs per week (3 days - flexible)

Job Description: To manage the office administration required in the national office of the ANPC and maintain liaison with membership, clients and the Committee. This includes: budgetary and financial matters; liaison with a wide range of organisations, clients and Committee members; keeping good records of the organisation and its membership; database management; website management; administrative support for events; and assistance with supervising volunteers.

Applications close: Thursday 6 January 2011
Application: Your application should address the selection criteria and include contact details of two referees.

The position description and selection criteria can be downloaded from our website.
For more information contact the office on 02 6250 9509 or email us anpc@anpc.asn.au


The plant fungal disease Myrtle Rust (Uredo rangelii), recently introduced to Australia and naturalising on the Central Coast of New South Wales, has now been recorded as infecting plants of three eucalypt species in the wild: Eucalyptus agglomerata (Blue-leaved Stringybark), E. deanei (Mountain Blue Gum, Round-leaved Gum), and E. pilularis (Blackbutt).

Myrtle Rust is a member of the Eucalypt Rust/Guava Rust disease complex, native to tropical America, that infects members of the plant family Myrtaceae. Some variants of the complex have a history of infection of plantation eucalypts in the Americas. Until very recently Myrtle Rust in Australia had been found only on non-eucalypt members of the family Myrtaceae, and there had been some hope that this variant of the complex was not amenable to eucalypt hosts. To date, Myrtle Rust in Australia has been recorded on 25 species of native plants, eight of them in the wild.

Background on Myrtle Rust is available at: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/resources.html#Key_issues, and at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust. Weekly updates are available by free subscription at http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust/update

01 December 2010

COMMUNITY SMALL GRANTS: Box-Gum Grassy Woodlands

Communities in Landscapes SMALL COMMUNITY GRANTS are now open for expressions of interest from community groups and schools in Box Gum Grassy Woodland areas.

Communities in Landscapes (CiL) has invited community groups in the Central West, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee catchments to apply for grants to boost biodiversity in their local area. Industry & Investment NSW (I&I NSW) CiL project officer, Tony Cox, said grants up to $3000 (GST included) are available from CiL’s Community Small Grants Scheme.“The aim of the project is to benefit the critically endangered box gum grassy woodland environments which sustain a variety of important native plant and animal species, “Mr Cox said. “These woodlands contain valuable resources which can provide economic and environmental benefits to the whole community.“Healthy box gum woodlands contribute to the productivity of farms by providing shelter and pasture for stock, habitat for animals and insects which eat pests and pollinate crops and in the management of rising water tables and salinity.“As part of the big picture CiL is working with landholders to develop cross-property plans and now we’re looking to community groups to complement the work we’re doing at that larger scale.”CiL aims to identify and protect more than 55,000 hectares of endangered box gum woodlands which can be identified by their main trees species - white box, Eucalyptus albens; yellow box, E. melliodora and Blakely's red gum, E. blakelyi.Financial support is available to projects which raise awareness or support good management of box gum grassy woodland and the species it supports.

Applications for the CiL Community Small Grants Scheme close on December 24 with forms available from http://cil.landcarensw.org.au/smallgrants or community woodlands officer, Kristy Lawrie, 0457 953 778.

RESEARCH GRANTS: Australian Flora Foundation for funding in 2012

The Foundation expects to support between two and four projects at $5000 - $12,000 each in 2012 with possible extension into 2013.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Applications for grants to support original scientific projects on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants are invited from research workers in Australia.

Applications are in two stages. Preliminary applications of two A4 pages should indicate the purpose of the project, the likely costs and the research protocol. The institution or company to which the applicant is attached, a contact phone number and email and postal address must be included. Please use the form provided at http://www.aff.org.au/AFF2_Call_for_applications.htm . Preliminary applications will be accepted until 21st March 2011.

ANPC: Call for articles for APC 19(4), March-May 2011, Plant conservation on Aboriginal / Indigenous lands

Australasian Plant Conservation (APC) is the quarterly bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC). Our members, and the wider readership of the bulletin, come from disparate sectors: science, policy, land management, community groups, the revegetation/restoration industry, and ecological consultancies. The Network, and the bulletin, provide an all too rare opportunity for these sectors to talk to each other and share the rich and growing body of practical and scientific knowledge. We try to transmit new science results in plain language, and to draw out the practical lessons of local projects and case-studies to make them relevant for others. A style-guide is available from the Editor.

In APC issue 19(4), March—May 2011, we aim to look at plant conservation activities on land owned and/or managed by Aboriginal / Indigenous communities. This includes land that is held under native title, various Land Rights regimes, land in the Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) network, and traditional lands that communities are helping to manage. Relevant plant conservation activities include native vegetation management to retain habitat value and component plant species; conserving species traditionally used as food or medicinal plants or for cultural purposes; and actions related to the recovery of plant species or ecological communities listed under state and national environmental laws. Articles may focus on any aspect of plant conservation, including planning, partnerships, education and on-ground activities.

We also hope to have overview articles on the recognition and value of traditional knowledge, and we would be interested in articles on good practice in work between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people and organisations on conservation issues. Articles should be no longer than 1200 words. Where possible, they should be illustrated with one or two photographs that have been cleared with the appropriate people for publication, and have appropriate captions and photographer credits.

The deadline for articles will be 12 February 2011. If you would like to submit an article, please contact Rosemary Purdie, Editor, Australasian Plant Conservation, by email (Rosemary.Purdie@environment.gov.au).

TRIN: Interactive Field Day, 9 December, Cairns

When: Thursday 9 December 2010, 9.30am till 4pm

Where: Australian Tropical Herbarium, James Cook University, Cairns QLD

Join us for a hands-on experience with the latest range of biodiversity technology and identification products focused on Northern Australia. Product developers and scientists will be on hand to engage with users at a variety of interactive booths and talks, including:
identification keys for mangroves, rainforest plants, orchids, rodents, corals and other talks on PDA technology, knowledge exchange, rainforest tree barcoding, and mammal decline and other resources and applications that support biodiversity management, such as DERM mapping and GIS, Australia’s Virtual Herbarium, Australian Plant Name Index, Australian Plant Census and Australian Plant Image Index.

For further information and to register go to: www.taxonomy.org.au/fieldday2.html

12 November 2010

CONFERENCE: 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference – Call for Papers now open!

The 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference will be held at The Sebel Cairns, Queensland from 25 – 30 September 2011.

Abstract submission for the 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference (APWSS 2011) is now open. The theme for APWSS 2011 is "Weed Management in a Changing World". They invite you to submit an abstract on one or more of the following sub-themes:
Threats and risks in the Asian-Pacific region
Sustainable weed management in the Asian-Pacific region
Weed solutions for the Asian-Pacific region
Economics of weed control in the Asian-Pacific region

Super Earlybird discounted registration is also now available. To save AU$150 on your registration, register online now. To submit an abstract, register or for further information please visit http://www.apwss.com/ or contact apwss@eventcorp.com.au.

01 November 2010

ANPC: Annual General Meeting, 26 November 2010

When: Friday 26 November 2010

Where: Land and Water Board Room (opposite the Herbarium)

CSIRO, Christian Road, Black Mountain, Canberra

All financial members are welcome and if you would like to participate via phone conference please contact the office at least a week before the meeting. Please RSVP to the ANPC Office by Friday 19th November.

Nominations for 2 normal Committee positions are now open. These are to be in writing, signed by 2 members of the Network and accompanied by a written consent from the candidate. Please send nominations to the Secretary by the close of business on Friday 19th November (Secretary, ANPC, PO Box 1777 Canberra City 2601 or faxed to ANPC at 02 6250 9528).
For clarification of the duties of the positions please contact the Secretary, Phil Ainsley (ph: 0428 560 085, email: phillip.ainsley@sa.gov.au), or for membership status of nominees or nominators contact the ANPC office anpc@anpc.asn.au.

TRAINING: Managing Constructed Wetlands & Aquatic Plants

This is a 2 day Wetland Education and Training (WET) Program offering a hands on, experiential approach. It will focus on case studies and learning techniques for the rapid identification of aquatic plants as well as best practice for wetland design and construction. Also included are hydrology, pollution, safety, access and maintenance.

Where: Sydney Olympic Park Cost - $600
When: 17-18 November

For more information http://www.sydneyolympicpark.com.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/173588/WET-Nov2010_Final.pdf

CALL FOR COMMENTS: Threatened Species Act review (NSW)

Your views are being sought to help shape the way threatened species are managed in New South Wales. Under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, the Minister for Climate Change and the Environment is required to review the Act every 5 years 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 assist you in formulating your views the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water has prepared a background paper. The paper is not comprehensive, however it does provide some guidance to the major components of the Act. It may be useful as a communication tool with your organisation/membership. Responses need not be confined to the questions contained in the paper. A copy of the background paper can be downloaded from http://tracking.involvecrm.com/?ADMwMDAxQzAwNDFhMTM1M2FiZS0zM2IxLTQxNmUtYTNhOS1jMGFhYTRjZDQxMjMvMjU1ODAwNjdodHRwOi8vd3d3LmVudmlyb25tZW50Lm5zdy5nb3YuYXUvY29uc3VsdC9EZWNQdWJsaWNDb25zdWx0YXRpb24uaHRt
Written submissions should be directed to Threatened Species Conservation Act Review, Director, Landscapes and Ecosystems Conservation Branch, Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water, PO Box A290, Sydney South NSW 1232 or e-mail mailto:tscact.review@environment.nsw.gov.au%3cmailto:tscact.review@environment.nsw.gov.au>, by 5pm on Wednesday, 17 November 2010.

20 October 2010

ANPC: Hurry places still available for Translocation Workshop, 5 November

The Translocation of Threatened Plants Workshop

When: Friday 5th November, 2010
Where: Tweed Bicentennial Environment Park, Centennial Park, Pottsville, NSW

Have you been involved in, or would you like to be involved in, the planning, approval or implementation of a translocation project for threatened flora? Then this workshop is relevant to you.

Registrations close Thursday 28th October
For further information regarding content, costs, registration etc can be found at: www.anpc.asn.au and go to the current workshops.
Or phone the ANPC Office: 02 6250 9509

18 October 2010

GRANTS: National Science Week Project Grants (2011)

Australians interested in running a science event or activities for their local community are being urged to apply for a National Science Week grant for 2011.

The National Science Week 2011 grants round opens on Friday 1 October 2010 and closes on Friday 22 October 2010 at 5:00pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time.

Grants are available to individuals and organisations interested in delivering a science event or activity for their local community. Applications regarding new and exciting event ideas are always welcome. Grant applications and further information can be found on the National Science Week grants website or contact your State or Territory Coordinating Committee for advice on running a Science Week event.

In 2011, National Science Week will run from 13-21 August.

OPEN DAY: Australian National Botanic Gardens, 40th Anniversary - 24 October

40th Anniversary Open Day, Our Garden Party
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Sunday 24 October (10am – 4pm)

Listen to live music on the Eucalypt lawn, journey behind the scenes to visit the nursery, cryptogam herbarium, Australian national herbarium, display glass house and library.

Events include market stalls, live entertainment on the Eucalypt lawn main stage, talks, workshops and entertainment at the Rock Gardens Focus Tent, children’s craft activities and discovery walks, Friends of the Gardens talking about their contributions to the Gardens and behind the scenes talks in areas such as the nursery, the herbariums and the display glass house.
Be entertained explore, indulge, discover and relax at the Open Day Garden Party and dress up in your favourite spring outfit and enjoy high tea in the gardens.

For lots more information and details about programmes, transport etc can be found here.

BIODIVERSITY: Convention on Biological Diversity – Nagoya, Japan 18-29 October

The 193 signatory nations to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be meeting in Nagoya, Japan from 18-29 October after pledging eight years ago to cut species loss “significantly” by this year. With studies showing that global diversity is reaching crisis point, conservation leaders are hoping this meeting will give the green light to a new set of international agreements to help protect biodiversity.

Lack of money for conservation projects is a key reason why governments have failed to meet their 2010 targets. Several proposals for mustering funds are up for discussion this week.

Agreement on the general ambitions looks likely, but large international rifts over conservation funding and access to the genetic resources of ecologically rich nations are threatening to derail the negotiations over how to achieve them. One fundraising mechanism gaining support is the phasing out of subsidies that are harmful to biodiversity.

But there is likely to be tense debate on a proposed legally binding agreement to tighten rules for access to nations' genetic resources, such as plants that potentially produce pharmaceuticals. Developing countries want the rules to cover products that have been generated in the past, but companies and developed countries say that only products worked on after the regulations are legally implemented should be affected.

Djoghlaf (executive secretary of CBD) is optimistic that countries will agree to a set of core principles, and then set a timetable for hammering out the finer details by 2012. "I can't imagine closing the meeting without agreement on the access and benefit sharing scheme," he says.

Notes from http://www.nature.com/news/2010/101011/full/467764a.html

25 September 2010

ANPC: Update on Myrtle Rust

New to the ANPC Website:
Myrtle Rust arrival in Australia – a major threat to native biodiversity.
Compiled by: Bob Makinson (20 Sept 2010).Includes:

•Myrtle Rust arrival in New South Wales
•Why is this a big problem?
•The potential scale of the problem
•Can these rust diseases be controlled?
•What is being done?
•What to do if you see a myrtaceous plant with brown lesions or yellow pustules on leaf or stems
•Further information and links

Go to: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/resources/Myrtle_Rust.html to see the full update.

23 September 2010

ANPC: Translocation of Threatened Plants Workshop

Have you been involved in, or would you like to be involved in, the planning, approval or implementation of a translocation project for threatened flora? Then this workshop is relevant to you.

When: Friday 5th November, 2010
Where: Tweed Bicentennial Environment Park, Centennial Park, Pottsville, NSW

Registrations close Thursday 28th October
For further information regarding content, costs, registration etc go to: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/courses/Translocation%20NSW%20Nov%202010/TranslocationNov2010.html

Or phone the ANPC Office: 02 6250 9509


From Little Things Big Things Grow - Grassland Restoration Beeac and Birregurra

You saw it when it all began…come see how things have grown. It’s the fifth year since sowing was initiated at the Beeac and Birregurra sites – there have been some interesting discoveries along the way. Find out more from the Grassy Groundcover Research Project. Hear a brief presentation about the project-wide outcomes and visit two sowing sites to view on-ground outcomes.

Dr Paul Gibson Roy from Greening Australia and Uni of Melbourne will be present.
When - Friday 29th October 10.30am – 3pm
Where – presentation and lunch – Beeac Hall
Site visit – Beeac cemetery and Bleak House, Birregurra
Cost – free including lunch
RSVP by Friday 22nd October
Contact – Paul Gibson Roy 0427259063 roypg@unimelb.edu.au

ANPC: Book reviewer wanted

CSIRO PUBLISHING has released two new books:

Forest Phoenix: How a Great Forest Recovers After Wildfire, by David Lindenmayer, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney and Sam Banks (http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/21/pid/6426.htm) .
Desert Channels: The Impulse to Conserve, edited by Libby Robin, Chris Dickman and Mandy Martin (http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6406.htm) .

If you would like to receive a review copy and write a review for publication in a future issue of Australasian Plant Conservation, please contact the APC Editor: Rosemary.Purdie@environment.gov.au

29 August 2010

BIO-LINKS: Landholder incentives to protect native vegetation

The Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) will contract landholders to manage native vegetation corridors (or ‘bio-links’) on their properties for either 10 or 15 years.

“These long-term agreements will ensure land managers have secure funding and a realistic time-frame to achieve lasting environmental benefits as well as help protect native species from the impacts of climate change,” said Murrumbidgee CMA Chair, Lee O’Brien.

The Climate Change Corridors Project is one of three new projects launched in Wagga Wagga this week by the Murrumbidgee CMA under the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program and Catchment Action NSW, a NSW Government initiative.

For more information contact Virginia Gawler on: (02) 6932 3255 or 0410 211 670 or Email: virginia.gawler@cma.nsw.gov.au

ANPC: Conference Update

Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc (ANPC)
Planning conservation to achieving restoration:
A conference for everyone involved in conserving Australia's unique flora and native vegetation

28 September to 1 October 2010, Perth WA

Registrations close 13 September 2010

Get in early as one day field trips are filling fast!

For more information or to register go to the conference website or contact the ANPC office (anpc@anpc.asn.au; ph: 02 6250 9509)

INTERACTIVE FIELD DAY: Taxonomy Research & Information Network (TRIN)

31 August 2010, 10am till 4pm
Crosbie Morrison Room, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra ACT

Join us for a hands-on experience with the latest range of identification products and biodiversity technology.

For further information and to download the program visit: http://www.taxonomy.org.au/fieldday.html

29 July 2010

CONFERENCE: The Politics of Biodiversity

2010 NELA National Conference: The Politics of Biodiversity
20-23 October 2010, Canberra

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and NELA will be holding its National Conference in Australia's Capital. This will be a unique opportunity to hear challenging presentations on the politics of preserving the world's biodiversity for future generations.

An exciting program has been developed featuring speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage and Dr Allan Hawke AC, head of the Government's independent review of the EPBC Act will each be delivering a keynote address.

See http://www.nela.org.au/view/National_Conferences_and_Seminars for more information.

28 July 2010

JOB VACANCY: Senior Threatened Species Officer, NSW North Coast

Senior Threatened Species Officer, NSW North Coast (Coffs Harbour or Grafton, negotiable)

NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW):
Closing date: Friday, 6 August 2010
Temporary Full Time; Environment Officer Class 9
Vacancy Ref: DECCW 223-10

Responsible for providing DECCW's advice into biodiversity planning, regulatory and management [processes in relation to Pacific Highway Upgrade projects].
This is a temporary position for the period to 31 December 2011. Information package contact: Phillip Mitchell (02) 6640 2517 or go to: http://files.jobs.nsw.gov.au/64nabj

CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENT: NSW Draft Ecological Harvesting Plan Guidelines for Endangered Ecological Communities

Invitation to comment on the (NSW) Draft Ecological Harvesting Plan Guideline for Endangered Ecological Communities

The Private Native Forestry Code of Practice (the Code) has provision for the Director General of the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water (DECCW NSW) to approve Ecological Harvesting Plans (EHPs). An EHP is required when harvesting operations are proposed in Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs). The prescriptions of an EHP are in addition to the conditions set by the Code.

The draft EHP guideline has been developed following input from various sections of DECCW and two independent leading forest ecologists.

The draft EHP guideline identifies the purpose and requirements of an EHP. The EHP guideline will continue to be refined to develop and take account of various ecological harvesting methods as more scientific information becomes available.

To download a copy of Guideline 6: Draft Ecological Harvesting Plan Guideline for Endangered Ecological Communities (50 KB) go to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/pnf/index.htm#CommentEECGuideline

Please provide DECCW with your comments by:

email: pnf@environment.nsw.gov.au
fax: (02) 6641 6643
mail: DECCW PNF officer, Locked Bag 9018 Grafton NSW 2460.
Public comment period closes 16 August 2010.

CONFERENCE: Biodiversity & Mining Impacts

Nature Conservation Council of NSW Regional Conference

NEW DATE: Sat 28 - Sun 29 August, Gulgong NSW.
Red Hill Environmental Education Centre
Conference Theme: “Biodiversity & Mining Impacts”.

Details and Registration: http://nccnsw.org.au or Phone: (02) 9516 1488

CONFERENCE: 23rd Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society Conference - Destination Announced!

The Asian-Pacific Weed Science Society (APWSS) Conference will be held at the Sebel Cairns, in North Queensland from 25 - 30 September 2011. The Conference is proudly supported by the Weed Society of Queensland (WSQ), the Council of Australian Weed Societies (CAWS) and APWSS. The conference returns to Australia for the third time in 2011 and will focus on the theme "Weed Management in a Changing World". There will be presentations on the role of genetically modified organisms in weed management, climate change, water availability, biosecurity, population growth and the utilisation of weeds. For more information or to register at discounted rates please visit the website www.apwss2011.com.

CALL FOR PLANT STORIES: For new Jane Goodall book

Dr Jane Goodall is renowned for her work studying chimpanzees in the wild. This has led her to active promotion of animal conservation around the world through speaking tours (see Jane Goodall Institute website http://www.janegoodall.org/), and through books like her 2009 ‘Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink’ (Grand Central Publishing).

But Jane is also interested in supporting and promoting plant conservation, and is working on a new book devoted to it. Jane is calling for stories from plant conservationists around the world, about “plants being rescued from the brink of extinction, or conservation successes in plant breeding, worthy of consideration for this new publication”.

Jane’s collaborator Gail Hudson writes: “We want stories that involve the saving and/or restoring of endangered plants, trees, grasses, etc. - even sea plants. We would like stories to have a human interest angle. For instance, a plant being rescued because of its sentimental or historical significance, or people risking their lives to save plants—a little human drama. We want stories that involve endangered indigenous medicinal or wild food plants. We want stories that involve people planting plants in order to restore an entire ecosystem or habitat for other endangered animals, insects, etc. We like stories that involve citizen and/or children participation – not just botanists (although we love botanists!)".

Jane and Gail will be accepting and researching new story leads through January of 2011. If you have a case study that you think would work for this book, send a precis (of no more than 1,000 words) to mailto:hg.hudson@cablespeed.com by 15 January 2011. It doesn’t have to be a formal document—just a casual summary of the project. Please include a phone number and email where the authors can contact you if they have follow up questions.

CONFERENCE: Biodiversity and World Food Security

Conserving and using biodiversity sustainably is vital if we are to feed the more than one billion malnourished people in the world. The Crawford Fund’s 2010 international conference is titled “Biodiversity and World Food Security: Nourishing the Planet and its People” and will be held in Parliament House, Canberra over 30 August to 1 September. It will be the key event in the Australasian region related to the UN International Year of Biodiversity and one of very few international events focusing on food security imperatives in relation to biodiversity conservation.

The event involves a number of opportunities to hear from a group of national specialists and international speakers including:

- Dr Cristián Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution;

- Professor Steve Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew;

- Dr Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International.

For more information and registration go to www.crawfordfund.org

MYRTLE RUST: Quarantine Zone enacted for NSW Central Coast

A Myrtle Rust Quarantine Zone has been enacted for Gosford and Wyong Local Government Areas. This pathogen was first detected in Australia on nursery production properties in that area a few months ago (see ANPC News, 5 May 2010). It has not yet been detected on wild bush plants of the area, although monitoring is continuing.

Myrtle Rust (Uredo rangelii) is an exotic fungal disease known to infect a variety of genera in the family Myrtaceae. The current outbreak has been detected on cultivated plants of Callistemon (Bottlebrush), Agonis flexuosa, and Syncarpia (Turpentine). Overseas it has been known to affect Syzygium species, among others. Early identification of this rust is vital to eradication efforts. Information relating to Myrtle Rust (symptoms, host range, management) is available at www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/plant/myrtle-rust

In NSW Myrtle Rust is a notifiable pest under the Plant Disease Act, and must be reported to Industry & Investment NSW (I& I NSW). Industry is encouraged to actively inspect all Myrtaceae stock on their property and implement effective biosecurity measures (hygiene, crop protection programs, access restrictions, quarantine) to avoid contracting and potentially spreading the disease.

The quarantine zone “restricts movement of Myrtaceae (Myrtle Rust host) and/or covering, packaging, machinery or items carrying Myrtle Rust or used in the culture, harvest, packing of host plant material out of the Quarantine Zone is prohibited subject to meeting movement conditions”.

I&I NSW is developing Compliance Agreements for nursery businesses growing or supplying Myrtaceae to adopt and become accredited to allow movement of host range material into greater NSW. It must be noted receipt of Myrtaceae outside the Quarantine Zone in NSW will require the receiver to ensure they deal with an Accredited Business to ensure the consignment meets the I & I NSW Quarantine Zone Compliance Agreement.

Industry and others are encouraged to report any suspected detection to the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline - 1800 084 881.

18 July 2010

ANPC NEWS: Special ANPC Conference Update

Last Chance for Early Bird Registrations close 28 July 2010

Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc (ANPC)
Planning conservation to achieving restoration:
A conference for everyone involved in conserving Australia's unique flora and native vegetation

28 September to 1 October 2010, Perth WA



Prof Richard Hobbs - University of Western Australia
Dr Kingsley Dixon – Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Perth


Soil Health

Prof Mark Tibbets – University of Western Australia
Dr Suzanne Prober – CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

Planning for Climate Change

Dr Colin Yates – Dept of Environment and Conservation WA
A/Prof Grant Wardell Johnson – Curtin University

Seeds and genes for restoration

Dr Linda Broadhurst – CSIRO, Division of Plant Industry
Dr Margaret Byrne - Dept of Environment and Conservation WA
Dr Seigy Krauss - Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority Perth
Dr John Koch - Alcoa

Role of Taxonomy

Dr Kevin Thiele - WA Herbarium, Dept of Environment and Conservation WA
Dr Judy West – Dept of the Environment, Water, Heritage & the Arts

Engaging with Industry

Dr Steven Van Leeuwen - Dept of Environment and Conservation WA
Dr Libby Mattiske – Mattiske Consulting

Conservation Planning

Prof Bob Pressey – James Cook University
Prof Ladislav Mucina – Curtin University

For more information or to register go to the conference website or contact the ANPC office (anpc@anpc.asn.au; ph: 02 6250 9509)

17 July 2010

ANPC CONFERENCE: Call for Workshops - Expressions of Interest by 13 August

Expressions of interest (EOI) are invited (by individuals and organisations) to deliver a Workshop at the ANPC Conference on Friday 1 October.
We encourage Workshops to focus on the following conference themes but other topics will be considered:

Conservation Planning
Seeds and Genes for Restoration
Engaging with Industry
The Role of Taxonomy
Soil Health and Restoration
Planning for Climate Change

Please note that there will be a limited number of workshops run at the conference.The duration of each workshop can be up to a maximum of three sessions with each session being 1.5 hours long.

To submit an EOI please download and complete the Workshop Expression of Interest Form from the conference website.
EOIs close on 13 August and workshop acceptance will be advised by 25 August 2010.

15 July 2010

ANPC: Second Call for Abstracts Extended to 13 August

The ANPC Conference Organising Committee invites you to submit an abstract for a conference paper or poster.

We encourage papers to focus on the following conference themes but other topics will be considered:

Conservation Planning
Seeds and Genes for Restoration
Engaging with Industry
The Role of Taxonomy
Soil Health and Restoration
Planning for Climate Change

For more information on the conference or to submit an Abstract please download and complete the Abstract Form from the conference website.
Abstracts close on 13 August and acceptance will be advised by 25 August 2010.

21 June 2010


The last ANPC News (31 May 2010) reported on the new seed drying facility at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

The item mentioned that “the Australian Research Council identified the Gardens as the only facility to have initiated effort to collect and conserve seeds of Australian Alpine plant species for further use, regeneration and research.” The ANBG Seed Bank does indeed have a specific and central program for alpine seed collection and study, and holds the largest collection of Australian alpine seeds.

However, ANPC News would like to acknowledge that at least three other conservation seed banks also collect, store and study the seed of alpine species for conservation purposes, as part of their general State priorities: the NSW Seedbank, the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre, and the Victorian Conservation Seedbank.

ANPC News regrets any incorrect impressions given.

LECTURE: 'People before Nature'

UTSPEAKS lecture (Sydney): 'People before Nature' - Will undervaluing natural ecosystems thwart our ability to secure a sustainable future?

Dr Roel Plant, Dr Scott Rayburg and Joanne Chong
Thursday July 1st 2010, 6pm drinks for 6.30pm lecture start; University Hall, UTS Science Building 4, 745 Harris Street, Ultimo, Sydney.

Drawing on examples of stressed ecosystems in Australia and overseas, this public lecture considers the complex interactions humans have with the natural world and explores alternatives to the way individuals, communities and governments can develop sustainable strategies that protect the environment and ourselves. More info: http://www.uts.edu.au/new/speaks/2010/July/0107.html
RSVP by Wednesday 30 June 2010 (email Robert.Button@uts.edu.au or phone 02 9514 1734.
Twitter: Use hashtag #utspeaks to tweet about the lecture

Wanted: ANBG Volunteer Guides

Share your passion

Be a volunteer guide

The Friends of the Gardens are currently recruiting for their annual volunteer guides training program. The prestigious title of Volunteer Guide at the Australian National Botanic Gardens comes after a five week training course which teaches communication skills, an understanding of the five main Garden zones, plant groups and more. The course runs each Wednesday and Thursday from 9.30am – 3.30pm from 28 June to 26 August. After that volunteer guides can lead hour long walks through the Gardens, sharing their knowledge and love of plants with visitors from all over the world. Guide Don Beer loves to show people the Gardens. "It’s a beautiful place to be and I meet lots of interesting people. It’s a pleasure to show them around," he said.

An introductory Information Session will be held in the Gardens’ Theatrette at 12.30pm on Wednesday 23 June. To receive an information pack and register your interest please call the Visitor Centre on 02 6250 9540.

CONFERENCE: 17th Australasian Weeds Conference

17th Australasian Weeds Conference
New Frontiers in New Zealand
26 - 30 September 2010
Christchurch, New Zealand

The provisional programme is now available on the website: http://www.17awc.org/index.php

ANPC: Book reviewer wanted

CSIRO PUBLISHING has just rereleased Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 1 (http://www.publish.csiro.au/pid/6410.htm) by Enid Mayfield. The original book was published in 2006 by Linton Press.

If you are an ANPC member and would like to write a review of this book for publication in Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), please contact Sue Mathams at sue.mathams@environment.gov.au . The person who writes the review get to keep the review copy.

31 May 2010

ENVIROQUEST: A New Education Program at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Australia’s Biodiversity: What makes Australia’s so unique? is the theme of the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ inaugural EnviroQuest.

EnviroQuest is a multidiscipline outreach program that fosters enthusiasm for environmental education and encourages students to engage in a range of learning styles. The program creates a context for connecting teaching and learning across the curriculum whilst encouraging independent and reflective learners.

Students can undertake a range of quest challenges such as creative writing, botanical fashion, Aussie art, produce a school newsletter and habitat restoration. In 2010 International Year of Biodiversity the Quest challenges are themed around Australia’s unique biodiversity.

For more information on EnviroQuest please contact Yvette Pratt, Public Programs and Outreach Manager, ANBG, telephone 02 62509405, Email: yvette.pratt@environment.gov.au

ANBG: New seed drying facility

A new seed drying facility at the Australian National Botanic Gardens has been funded with a $60,000 gift from the Friends of the Gardens.

The room means ANU post-doctoral fellow Dr Gemma Hoyle, and her team, can keep working with increasingly large amounts of seed, in a best-practice facility, collecting, drying and freezing Australian alpine seed.

The Australian alpine ecosystem has been identified as critically vulnerable to climate change and the Australian National Botanic Gardens has identified this nationally significant ecosystem as a focus for its future collection and research activities.

The Australian Alpine Seed and Seedling Ecology Project began in 2009 in conjunction with the Australian National University and the Friends of the Gardens after the Australian Research Council identified the Gardens as the only facility to have initiated effort to collect and conserve seeds of Australian Alpine plant species for further use, regeneration and research.

NEW POLICY FRAMEWORK: Invasive Plants and Animals

The Victorian Government has released, The Invasive Plants and Animals Policy framework. This represents the governments approach to managing existing and potential invasive species across the whole of Victoria.

FREE EDO WORKSHOP: Environmental Law for Rural Landholders (Dubbo)

The EDO will be presenting FREE environmental law workshops for NSW landholders in the Dubbo region. The workshops will provide an overview of some of the key laws relevant to rural landholders, including native vegetation and mining, agricultural chemicals, pests and weeds, and generating income from private conservation.

Date : Wednesday 30 June 2010
Time : 1pm to 4pm
Venue : Coolabah Room, Dubbo Community Arts Centre, 76 Wingewarra Street, Dubbo
Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the EDO on (02) 9262 6989 or email education@edo.org.au

ANPC: 8th National Conference REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) 8th National Conference:

Planning conservation to achieving restoration:
A conference for everyone involved in conserving Australia’s unique flora and native vegetation

28 September to 1 October 2010, Perth, Western Australia

Early bird registration open until 28 July 2010

Call for abstracts open until 16 July 2010

This conference is for practitioners, researchers, governments, community groups, non-government organisations and anyone else interested in plant conservation. We aim to provide updates on the latest, most relevant information, and opportunities to link up with other people working to conserve our native flora.
One-day field trips during the conference, and a three-day field trip after the conference, will give you a chance to be guided by experts through one of the world’s richest and most diverse floras in the international biodiversity hotspot of South-West Australia.

Conference themes include:
*Conservation planning
*Seeds and genes for restoration
*Engaging with industry
*The role of taxonomy
*Soil health and restoration
*Planning for climate change

Sponsorship opportunities are still available: http://www.anpc.asn.au/conferences/2010/sponsorship.html

Further information can be found on the ANPC website:
www.anpc.asn.au/conferences/2010/ or contact the ANPC office 02 6250 9509

NEW WEBSITE: Australian Plant Families Recognition

A new website, Australian Plant Families Recognition has been developed by Geoff Burrows, Senior Lecturer from Charles Sturt University. The website (go to: http://www.csu.edu.au/herbarium/ and click on ‘Australian Plant Family Recognition’) features an illustrated tutorial and 5 interactive tests consisting of 20 images each. The tests feature high quality images and optional hints to the main features of the flowers.

The ability to recognise plant families ‘on sight’ is a very useful skill. Its advantages include:

*If an unknown specimen is encountered when identifying plants for a species list, biodiversity survey, quadrat assessment, etc. it is more efficient to start keying out at a known family rather than starting at the very start of a key.
*In illustrated floras it significantly reduces the number of images that need to be examined and thus markedly improves the efficiency of identification.
*Environmental science, agronomy or horticulture students can work more efficiently in most parts of Australia (e.g. east coast, south west corner, tropical savannas) and also overseas, as several of the largest plant families are cosmopolitan in their distribution.
*Leisure activities such as bushwalking/gardening can be more rewarding as ‘you’ are actually observing more.

Feedback and comments are most welcome to: gburrows@csu.edu.au

05 May 2010

DETECTION OF EMERGENCY PLANT PEST: Uredo rangelii (Myrtle rust)

The Nursery & Garden Industry Australia has issued a Pest Alert for the Australian Nursery Industry. Plant material sampled from a cut flower/foliage producer in NSW has been confirmed as Uredo rangelii (Myrtle rust). This is the first time this fungus has been found in Australia and is identified as a disease of significance in the Nursery Industry Biosecurity Plan.

This rust is known to infect a variety of genera in the family Myrtaceae. The current outbreak has been detected on cultivated plants of Callistemon (Bottlebrush), Agonis flexuosa, and Syncarpia (Turpentine). Overseas it has been known to affect Syzygium species, among others. Early identification of this rust is vital to eradication efforts.

A hotline number has been established for reporting symptoms, on wild or cultivated plants. A Nursery Industry Pest Alert Fact Sheet, with identication sheet and images is available at: www.ngia.com.au/files/news/Pest_Alert_and_Factsheet.pdf

NATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR WANTED: The Australian Seed Bank Partnership

The Australian Seed Bank Partnership National Co-ordinator position has now been advertised. The position is funded through DEWHA and is based in Canberra. Applications must be received by COB 10 May 2010. Details can be found at:

SCHOLARSHIP: 2010 Jill Landsberg Trust Fund

Applications for the 2010 Jill Landsberg Trust Fund Scholarship are now
open. The Ecological Society of Australia through the Jill Landsberg
Trust Fund, funds an ongoing postgraduate scholarship in the field of
Applied Ecology. Each year a grant of $6,000 will be awarded to support
the field-based research of a Postgraduate Student working in applied
ecology. The scope of research is open to terrestrial, marine and
freshwater ecology. The successful applicant is also funded to attend
ESA10, 6-10 December, in Canberra. Applications close Friday May 28
2010. For applications forms and more information:

19 April 2010

NATURE: Free Biodiversity Supplement for 2010

The journal Nature is offering free electronic access (and a free print copy) to a ‘biodiversity supplement’ for 2010, International Year of Biodiversity.

Nature have collected recent features, opinion pieces, News & Views articles and original research papers, to provide a useful snapshot of global biodiversity problems and possible solutions.

ANPC: 8th National Conference REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) 8th National Conference:

Planning conservation to achieving restoration:

A conference for everyone involved in conserving Australia's unique flora and native vegetation

28 September to 1 October 2010, Perth, WA

Early bird registration open until 28 July 2010

Call for abstracts open until 16 July 2010

Themes include:
  • Conservation Planning

  • Seeds and Genes for Restoration

  • Engaging with Industry

  • The Role of Taxonomy

  • Soil Health and Restoration

  • Planning for Climate Change

Join ANPC now to receive a registration discount!!

For more information visit the ANPC Website:


CONFERENCE: Plants in a Human Landscape - Conservation outside Nature Reserves

The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network 2010 conference:

'Plants in a Human Landscape - Conservation Outside Nature Reserves' will be held in Christchurch Friday 8 to Sunday 10 October. A flyer about the conference can be found on the Network website at: http://nzpcn.org.nz/publications/Conference10-flyer-100326.pdf

They are currently seeking offers of papers for the nine symposia. If you would like to present a paper please email the details NOW of the proposed title and name of the relevant symposium to info@nzpcn.org.nz

AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT: Call for papers special issue 'Biological Diversity'

The Editors of the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management invite offers of papers on 'Biological Diversity' for a special issue of the Journal in December 2010.

This year, 2010, is the United Nations designated International Year for Biological Diversity. In one statement, the United Nations Environment Programme said that ‘the importance of biological diversity to human society is hard to overstate. An estimated 40 percent of the global economy is based on biological products and processes. The effective use of biological diversity at all levels - (including) genes, species and ecosystems - is therefore a precondition for sustainable development’.

Papers submitted for possible publication in this special issue must follow the 'guidelines for contributors' including length limit of 6000 words (guidelines can be found on our website at www.eianz.org/publications/australasian-journal-of-environmental-management).

Papers to be presented at the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand annual conference are welcome, subject to the timelines:

Abstracts or expressions of interest: please submit abstracts or expressions of interest to the Editors at ajem@uq.edu.au as soon as possible. Full manuscripts: 18 June. (This is to allow sufficient time for reviewing, revisions and production). Earlier submissions are welcome.

Enquiries: ajem@uq.edu.au or Prof. Helen Ross on 0408 195 324 (please allow time to respond as the email account is staffed part-time).

22 March 2010

NEW REPORT: Weedy Pasture Plants for Salinity Control: Sowing the Seeds of Destruction

The Invasive Species Council has released a report (http://www.invasives.org.au/page.php?nameIdentifier=weedypastureplantsforsalinitycontrol) detailing the environmental risks posed by invasive pasture plants being used for salinity control in southern Australia.

It also warns that one of those invasive pasture plants, Tall Wheat Grass (Lophopyrum ponticum), could become one of Victoria’s worst weeds and has the potential to invade more than half the state.”

ANPC: Book reviewer wanted

CSIRO has recently published the second edition of the book Planting Wetlands and Dams: A Practical Guide to Wetland Design, Construction and Propagation, by Nick Romanowski (see http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/20/pid/6162.htm).

If you are an ANPC member and would like to write a review of this book for publication in Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), please contact the APC editor Rosemary Purdie at Rosemary.Purdie@environment.gov.au . The person who writes the reviews gets to keep the review copy.

CONSULTATION: Review of Australia's Native Vegetation Framework

Review of the Native Vegetation Framework -Public consultation period closes March 31st:

In February a public consultation draft was released of ‘Australia’s Native Vegetation Framework’, by the Commonwealth-States’ Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC).

The Framework is intended to be the national policy for achieving a reversal in the long-term decline of Australia’s native vegetation, and
an improvement in the condition of existing native vegetation.

Submissions close 5pm (AEDT) on 31 March 2010.
The consultation draft, submission templates, and FAQ sheets are at
www.environment.gov.au/land/vegetation/review/index.html, or use Free Call 1800 803 772 or email ciu@environment.gov.au.

NEW REPORT: NSW Regional Forest Agreement released

An independent report into the implementation of three New South Wales Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) has been released by the State and Federal Governments.

The report stems from a five-yearly review of the RFAs which were signed between 1999 and 2001. The RFAs provide for the conservation of areas, for ecological sustainable forest management, and “20-year certainty” for forest industries and forest dependent communities.

The independent report made public by the two governments outlines 18 specific recommendations for consideration by the governments – a formal response will be issued in the coming months.

The Independent Assessor’s ‘Final Report on Progress with Implementation of NSW Regional Forest Agreements’ is at http://www.daff.gov.au/rfa/publications/annual-reports/nsw

ANPC: Call for articles for Australasian Plant Conservation 19 (1) Theme: Regrowth: a positive force for plant conservation

We are seeking articles for the June-August 2010 issue of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), the bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC). This issue will be on the theme: Regrowth: a positive force for plant conservation.

It is intended that issue 19(1) will include articles about the legacy of Australia’s clearing history on regrowth today, the legal status of regrowth around the country, the ecological processes at play in regrowth, and practical advice for management. We are looking for articles about regrowth, covering for example its ecological values, threatened plant species, fauna colonization, fire management, weed management, invasive native species, transition from forestry to reserve, carbon sequestration, water quality and soil benefits, genetic founder effects, incentive programs, and community education and involvement. These are just a few of the ways in which regrowth is relevant to plant conservation and warrants focused attention. Articles on regrowth issues in South East Asia or the Pacific islands are encouraged. Articles not on this theme are also welcome.

Deadline for submissions for 19 (1) issue is 28 May 2010. Please email submissions to Dr Tom Celebrezze at tom.celebrezze@environment.nsw.gov.au. If you are intending to submit and article, please also let Tom know by 14 May. Download the author guidelines from the ANPC website: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/pdffiles/APCGuideContrib.pdf

VICTORIA: New conservation policy directions

The Victorian Government has released a White Paper on policy directions for land and biodiversity called ‘Securing our natural future’. The White paper, together with a summary and a series of fact sheets, is at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/ (then select ‘Conservation and Environment’).

The White Paper is intended to be a long-term, strategic framework to secure the health of Victoria’s land, water and biodiversity in the face of ongoing pressures and a changing climate over the next fifty years. It has a strong emphasis on landscape connectivity, and proposes a major reorganisation of NRM structures including the current CMAs.

A critique of the White paper from Victoria Naturally Alliance (a peak non-government conservation body) is at http://www.victorianaturally.org.au/

Parallel with the Land & Biodiversity White Paper, the Victorian Government is also renewing the State’s Biodiversity Strategy. An outline of the process, and a review of the expired 1997 Strategy, are also at http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/ (then select ‘Conservation and Environment’). Regional consultation workshops have been completed and a draft of the new five-year Biodiversity Strategy is to be released for public comment ‘in 2010’.

EPBC ACT: Call for comment on nomination of Coolibah - Black Box woodlands in NSW & Qld

The Commonwealth has issued a call for public comment on a proposal to list the ‘Coolibah - Black Box Woodlands of the Darling Riverine Plains and Brigalow Belt South Bioregions Ecological Community’ as a Threatened Ecological Community under the EPBC Act. The nomination, and a preliminary assessment draft (including outcomes of a technical workshop) are at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/nominations-comment.html

The Commonwealth’s Threatened Species Scientific Committee welcomes the views of experts, stakeholders and the general public on the nomination and the preliminary assessment document, to further inform its assessment process. The public comment period closes on 30 April 2010.

04 February 2010

FREE BACK COPIES OF APC: Join ANPC in February 2010

Join the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC) in February 2010 and receive 2 FREE back copies of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC). Becoming a member of ANPC will ensure that you keep in touch with the latest developments in plant conservation in Australia.

Member benefits include:

-Subscription to the ANPCs quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation

-Discounts for ANPC workshops, conferences and forums

-Discounted subscription to Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR)

If you would like to become a member download a membership form

Hurry - limited back copies of APC are available. Please mention ANPC News and your 2 free back copies in your membership form.

NEW REPORT: Riverina Bioregions 'River Red Gum Forests' Report

The NSW Natural Resources Commission (NRC) in December published its final assessment report and recommendations on the future of red gum and woodland forests in the Riverina bioregion (covering large parts of southern NSW and northern Victoria).

Recommendations from the NRC include:
Significant water reforms
Active interventions to manage forests
Trans-border national parks with coordinated adaptive management
New funding models for forests
Engagement with local communities
Maintaining human and social capital

Three parts of the report are downloadable from http://www.nrc.nsw.gov.au/:

ENVIRONMENTAL STATISTICS: Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, Jan 2010 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

This 106 page publication (Special Edition: Climate Change) presents a broad selection of environmental statistics and information which illustrate topical environmental issues. The subject matter will vary in each issue, as new environmental issues emerge or more current data sources become available. While ABS data forms a core component of the statistical information, data from other government agencies, international organisations, industry, and individual researchers is also included. Value is added to these widely sourced datasets by bringing them together and analysing their import for selected environmental issues.

Each issue of the publication will explore some of the relationships that exist between our use of the natural environment in Australia for socioeconomic benefit and the impacts that some of these activities have on our ecology and stocks of natural resources. The publication aims to meet the information needs of a general readership. The publication can be downloaded from: www.abs.gov.au

BIODIVERSITY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: NSW Parliamentary Report on Biodiversity and Climate Change

The NSW Parliament’s Standing Committee on Natural Resource Management (Climate Change) in December released a report entitled ‘Return of the ark - The adequacy of management strategies to address the impacts of climate change on biodiversity.’ Thirty recommendations are made.

Chapters cover:
Impacts of climate change on biodiversity
Protection of biodiversity
Principles for biodiversity management
Maximising agency capacity to manage biodiversity
Managing biodiversity on public land (including the reserve system, travelling stock reserves, native forestry, and invasive species management
Managing biodiversity on private land (including conservation incentive schemes, and land-use planning).

The NSW Government's response to the Report is due on 3 June 2010. The Report (390kB, 135 pp.) can be downloaded at: www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/prod/parlment/committee.nsf/V3ListReports

ANPC: Call for articles for Australasian Plant Conservation Vol. 18 (4) Theme: Wetlands and Plant Conservation

We are seeking articles for the March–May 2010 issue of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), the bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation (ANPC). The March–May 2010 issue will be on the theme Wetlands and Plant Conservation.

If you or your organization is involved in wetlands work that includes some aspect of conserving native vegetation or plant species, why not write an article for the issue? Relevant wetland activities could include (but are not confined to) planning, on-ground works (including rehabilitation or restoration), landscaping, conservation of threatened plant species or threatened ecological communities, maintaining ecosystem processes, plant-animal interactions etc. Wetlands can include those that are ephemeral, permanent wetlands, and (re)constructed wetlands. We are particularly interested in hearing about challenges you may have faced and/or overcome, outcomes achieved, adaptive management and lessons that may help others wanting to do similar work. Articles not on the wetlands theme are also very welcome.

Deadline for submissions for the March–May 2010 issue is 26 February 2010. Download the author guidelines from the ANPC website: http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/pdffiles/APCGuideContrib.pdf.

13 January 2010

CARING FOR OUR COUNTRY: Business Plan 2010 -11 now available

Caring for our Country is an Australian Government initiative that seeks to achieve an environment that is healthy, better protected, well managed and resilient, and provides essential ecosystem services in a changing climate.
The current business plan sets out the targets for investment in 2010-11 and following years. The business plan provides guidance to potential applicants on the types of proposals which the Australian Government is seeking to fund to address these targets.

The latest Business Plan is now available and can be downloaded at http://www.nrm.gov.au/business-plan/10-11/index.html

PLANT IDENTIFICATION COURSE: Skills for Environmental Assessment, Janet Cosh Herbarium, University of Wollongong, 16 - 19 February 2010

Designed to provide training in the basic skills needed to successfully identify vascular Australian plants and introduced weeds. This course is targeted at professionals working in the industry who wish to develop or refresh their skills in this discipline. It will be run by the Janet Cosh Herbarium at the University of Wollongong for 4 days with a maximum of 12 places available. Belinda Pellow, the Curator of the Janet Cosh Herbarium and an author of the fifth edition of the 'Flora of the Sydney Region' will be the course leader. The course will run from 9 – 5 each day and will include, parking, lunch and tea breaks. Cost: $ 1045.00. Information and a registration form can be found on the Janet Cosh Herbarium Webpage (www.uow.edu.au/science/biol/herbarium). For further information contact the Herbarium Monday or Tuesday (02) 42214340

ANPC WORKSHOP: The Translocation of Threatened Plants, Perth, 24 February 2010

Have you been involved in, or would you like to be involved in, the planning, approval or implementation of a translocation project for threatened flora? Then this workshop is relevant to you!
Questions to be addressed include:
• What is translocation?
• When is it appropriate to use translocation as a tool to conserve threatened species?
• What needs to be done when planning a translocation program?
• How should a translocation program be implemented?
• What ongoing management and evaluation is required?
• Where can I go for more information?

The workshop will include WA case studies of translocation programs, highlighting lessons to be learnt.

The registration form and program are available from the anpc:
Website: www.anpc.asn.au Ph: 02 6250 9509 Fax: 02 6250 9528 Email: anpc@anpc.asn.au

Registrations close: COB Wednesday 17 February 2010

SURVEY: Restoration and Climate Change

The Institute for Applied Ecology is conducting a survey of international professionals, academics, students, etc. about their perspectives on restoration, climate change, and working with and moving organisms. Climate change may be the defining challenge to the field of restoration ecology this century. How does the wider restoration community currently approach the challenges of habitat and species restoration, and how is this approach likely to shift if the climate changes locally and globally? Understanding how people conduct or support restoration is crucial to engaging in discussions that move our field forward in the face of changing environments. We think you will find many of the questions interesting and thought provoking.

Please consider taking this survey if you have any connection to the process of habitat restoration (from policy to research to implementation) or want to make your views known. The survey is available at the following link:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/W3BB7HQ The survey takes about 15 minutes and will conclude on 31 January 2010 and the results will be published.

SCHOLARSHIP: The Valette Williams Scholarship in Botany, Second Round, 2010: Australian Plants Society, North Shore Group

Applications for the Valette Williams Scholarship, an award funded by the North Shore Group of the Australian Plants Society (APS), are welcomed from Honours, Masters or PhD students.

The maximum grant awarded will be $3000. The project must contribute to the knowledge of the ecology, conservation, or propagation of native plants in the Sydney and surrounding regions, must be carried out within this region. The applicant must be attached to an Australian research institute. Application forms are available from http://www.blandfordia.org.au/Scholarship.html and applications close 12 March 2010.

ANPC MEMBERSHIP: 2010 Membership fees now due

Australian Network for Plant Conservation Memberships are for a calendar year: 1 January to 31 December. Your membership helps show your support for the promotion and development of plant conservation and also entitles you to discounts and benefits including:

- subscription to the ANPC’s quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation (APC)
- discounts for ANPC workshops, conferences and forums
- inclusion on the ANPC members’ email list
- electronic version of APC bulletin (optional)
- discounted subscription to Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR)*

*The ANPC is affiliated with the journal Ecological Management and Restoration. ANPC members can subscribe to EMR at a special discount rate. Please note: this is only available to individual members (not to groups or organisations).

Renewal forms have been sent to those members due to renew in 2010 and these should be returned as soon as possible to ensure timely delivery of the first edition of APC for this year. If you would like to become a member download a membership form visit http://www.anbg.gov.au/anpc/