15 February 2012

ANPC WORKSHOP: Translocation of Threatened Plants (Canberra)

The ANPC’s successful workshop on Translocation of Threatened Plants will be held in Canberra 27th and 28th March 2012.

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. 

View an event flyer here.

Day 1 includes theory and case study presentations from authors of the ANPC Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants and other translocation experts, including staff from the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Office of Environment and Heritage, and the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Day 2 is an optional field trip to a range of translocation recipient sites and the ANBG nursery facilities.

For further information regarding the program, costs and registration go to the workshop web page or phone the ANPC National Office on 02 6250 9509.

ANPC CONFERENCE: National Conference to be held in Canberra Oct – Nov 2012

Save the date for the Australian Network for Plant Conservation’s 9th National Conference.

Monday 29th October to Friday 2 November 2012, Canberra ACT 

The conference theme is: “Plant Conservation in Australia - Achievements and future directions

More information to come.

Are you a member of the ANPC?

As a member of the ANPC you are entitled to four editions of our bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation (APC). The first edition for 2012 is due out shortly. The theme for this edition is “Monitoring and Plant Conservation”.

Other membership benefits include discounts for our workshops, courses and conferences and eligibility for a discounted subscription to the journal Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR).

Further information about becoming a member of the ANPC can be found here.

ANPC is seeking book reviewers

The ANPC is seeking reviewers for the following recently released books.
Reviewers get to keep the review copy of the book.

Send expressions of interest to Selga Harrison at selga.harrington@gmail.com

EVENT: Bermagui Bioblitz

The Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness  (ALCW) is holding their first ever Bioblitz down the south coast of New South Wales, at Bermagui, on March 30th and 31st 2012.

The ALCW is a citizen science group supported by the Atlas of Living Australia.

A bioblitz comprises a group of scientists, naturalists, ‘citizen scientists’ and other members of the public working together to discover, identify and record as many kinds of plants, animals, algae and fungi within the chosen area.

The format the ALCW is adopting for their bioblitz is a collaborative race to discover as many species of wildlife within the chosen localities. The bioblitz will run from late morning Friday the 30th March, through to late afternoon Saturday the 31st of March 2012.

For more details go to: www.alcw.org.au

EVENT: Tasmanian Fungi Festival

The Tasmanian Fungi Festival will be held in Hobart 26-30 April 2012.

The festival is a unique gathering of people who are passionate about fungi. Activities include: symposium on fungi conservation and management, field trip, variety of workshops, and a debate entitled ‘Eating wild fungi: Fun or foolhardy?’

For further information visit the Fungimap website.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Community Action Grants

The Australian Government is seeking applications for 2012-13 Community Action Grants from local community groups to help them take action to conserve and protect their local environment.

Local community, farming and Indigenous groups can apply for a grant between $5,000 and $20,000 to fund projects that encourage active participation and build the skills and knowledge of the community to protect and restore our environment and natural resources.

Projects may include hosting a local field day, developing natural resource management plans, educating land owners in sustainable agriculture techniques and on-ground works.

Applications close 27 March 2012.

For more information visit http://www.nrm.gov.au/funding/cag.

REQUEST for assistance from Serrated Tussock managers

The University of Queensland is developing a model that looks at the potential spread of serrated tussock based on social, economic and environmental factors. In doing this the project team is interested in knowing how you control your serrated tussock and your motivation for doing so.

There are 2 ways you can participate:
  1. Follow this link to an online survey which should take you approximately 10 minutes to complete.
  2. Participate in a telephone interview with a member of the research team. This will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. Contact k.cousins@uq.edu.au to book an interview. 
Find out more about the project here.

NEW PUBLICATION: National Environmental Grants Guide

The 2012 edition of the National Environmental Grants Guide – an annual directory of environmental grant and funding opportunities from around Australia – is now available.

The Guide lists grant and funding opportunities available from the Australian and State Governments, corporate giving programs as well as the major Australian philanthropic funds and trusts.

Sourced from Urban Environment News.

NEW PUBLICATION: Indigenous Land and Water Management, special issue of Ecological Management & Restoration

A new special issue of Ecological Management and Restoration on Indigenous Land and Sea Management is now freely available online.

The papers showcase how indigenous and non-indigenous Australians are working together in remote parts of central and northern Australia to develop innovative land and sea management projects. These projects combine indigenous and non-indigenous scientific knowledge and methods, highlighting the seldom documented voices and the input of indigenous peoples into conservation work.

NEW PUBLICATION: Climate change in Oceania, special issue of Pacific Conservation Biology

The most recent issue of Pacific Conservation Biology is a special issue on climate change in Oceania.

Articles include:
  • Is Australia ready for assisted colonization? Policy changes required to facilitate translocations under climate change by Burbidge et al. 
  • What hope for biodiversity in the face of anthropogenic climate change in Oceania by Kingsford and Watson. 
  • Climate change, variability and conservation impacts in Australia by Prowse and Brook. 
  • Climate change impacts on the terrestrial biodiversity and carbon stocks of Oceania by Wardell-Johnson et al.
  • Climate change in Oceania - A synthesis of biodiversity impacts and adaptations by Kingsford and Watson.
View full table of contents here.