17 June 2013

FASCINATION of PLANTS DAY 2013 - ANPC shares a slide show of some of Australia's most threatened plants

ANPC celebrated Fascination of Plants Day 2013 by launching a slide show of some of Australia's most threatened plants.

The slide show depicts just a few of the hundreds of Australian plant species facing extinction and highlights the diversity of threats facing our flora and the range of recovery actions being implemented. 

Click on the image above to view the slide show.

The goal of fascination of Plants Day was to get as many people as possible around the world fascinated by plants and enthused about the importance of plant science for agriculture, in sustainably producing food, as well as for horticulture, forestry, and environmental conservation.

Thank you to all who responded to our request for images.

ANPC welcomes new Business Manager

ANPC recently welcomed our new Business Manager, Jo Lynch. Jo is replacing Merryl Bradley who will be retiring 30th June.

Jo’s background is in bush regeneration and noxious weed management in the Sydney region. She moved to Canberra 5 years ago where she has since been working on the challenge of raising two children.

Jo is thrilled to be joining the ANPC and will be working on increasing the organisation’s profile and funding through grants, donations and sponsorships, as well as a few other new ideas. Her vision is for the ANPC to grow in size and influence to equal other national environmental organisations.

Jo will be working Thursdays and Fridays in the Canberra office. If you have any fundraising or promotional ideas, please feel free to contact her on (02) 6250 9523, 0438 775823 or via email: anpc (at) anpc.asn.au.

Welcome Jo!

Support the ANPC - make a tax deductible donation

As we near the end of the financial year it is a good time to remind you that all donations to the ANPC over $2 are tax deductible.

Established in 1991, we are the only national, non-profit, non-government organisation focused primarily on Australian plant conservation.

Funds donated to ANPC are used to assist us in our mission to promote and improve plant conservation in Australia.

To join other donors and support the work of the ANPC find out how to donate here.

NEWS and interesting reads in plant conservation

Identifying ecosystems at risk – the new IUCN Red List, The Conversation

NSW Government announces significant changes to Native Vegetation regulation. Summary pdf. This is the first stage in a major review that will include revision of the Native Vegetation Act 2003, the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, and related biodiversity legislation. (View ANPC’s submission to NSW Native Vegetation Regulation Review - no 241). 

Victorian Government releases details of changes to native vegetation clearing regulations

Public feedback on the White Paper – A new planning system for NSW due 28th June 2013.  Submission Guides prepared by Environmental Defenders Office NSW and Nature Conservation Council of NSW

Biodiversity offsets could be locking in species decline (& at worst may provide an incentive for decline to continue), The Conversation. 

New model to save farm biodiversity: Farmers paid to conserve biodiversity hotspots in Tasmania

NSW Government launch new Biosecurity Strategy for 2013-2021

'Our national parks must be more than playgrounds or paddocks', The Conversation. 

Supreme Court action launched against Vic state government over failure to prepare recovery plans

ANPC is sharing plant conservation news and articles of interest almost daily through through our social media channels TwitterFacebook and Google +.

Resources in plant conservation

New Eucalypt ID resource: Atlas of Leaf Venation and Oil Gland Patterns in the Eucalypts

Weed Futures: an online decision support tool that provides users with the ability to search weed profiles and assess emerging weed threats for regions or management units of interest.

Blue Mountains Conservation Society release a Planning and Development Resource Kit 

Seeds of South Australia online - incl. seed images for SA native plants, seed ID key & fact sheets

NSW Risk assessment guidelines for groundwater dependent ecosystems 

Groundwater Dependent Ecosystems Atlas - presents current knowledge of groundwater dependent ecosystems across Australia

Australian Policy Online is a research database and alert service providing free access to full text research reports and papers, statistics and other resources essential for public policy development and implementation in Australia and New Zealand. The site specialises in reports and articles (grey literature) on public interest issues, including the environment. Examples of recent reports shared relevant to the conservation of native vegetation include: identifying climate change refugia, increasing the resilience of the Australian alpine flora to climate change, designing landscapes for biodiversity under climate change, and protecting and restoring habitat to help Australia’s threatened species adapt to climate change.

Interested in grassland conservation? Subscribe to Greening Australia 's Grassy Groundcover Gazette. Latest issue included articles on a Grey Box Woodland Restoration project, a DIY grassland restoration project, and seed production areas. To subscribe email Lyn Willcock lwillcock (at) gavic.org.au

The Wet Tropics Management Authority recently launched a Learning Landscape eBulletin that showcases current and emerging Wet Tropics research and related land management and policy issues.

Want to promote your website, resource, report, book or tool? Send suggestions to projects (at) anpc.asn.au


Nature and Society forum: Mark Spain on How to communicate to influence others when the topic generates fear and despair. 19 June, Canberra ACT

4 day Advanced plant ID workshop for research and environmental assessment 16-19 July University of NSW, Sydney

Australian Mine Rehabilitation Workshop 6-8 Aug 2013 Adelaide, SA.

International Grasslands Congress 15-19 Sept 2013, Sydney, NSW

NSW Weeds Conference, 9-12th September in Corowa (Murray River region), NSW

Queensland State Landcare Conference 27-29 Sept, Warwick Qld 'Healthy habitats profitable production'

ACT Centenary Bioblitz. Join in race to identify as many species as possible at Black Mountain 25-27 Oct

31st NSW Environmental Education Conference Sept 26-28, Dubbo NSW.

We are happy to promote events relevant to plant conservation. Please send event details to projects (at) anpc.asn.au.