29 July 2013

CALL FOR ARTICLES: special edition of APC on value of plant conservation to animals

ANPC is seeking articles for the Sept – Nov 2013 issue of our quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation (APC)

The issue will be on the theme of "The value of plant conservation to animals”.

The ecology and survival of plants and animals is interdependent. From pollination, to grazing, to provision of habitat resources, interactions between plants and animals underpin ecosystem functions. In this issue we are examining key interactions of plants and animals and the value of plant conservation to animals. Articles can range from overviews of some/all of the interactions to case studies illustrating particular examples.

General articles not on the theme are also welcome.

We also welcome: book reviews; interesting recent publications or resources; conference, workshop, course and fieldwork announcements; and details of relevant publications, information resources and websites.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 12 August 2013.

Guidelines for authors about the APC style and scope can be found here.

Articles generally should not exceed 1200 words and authors are encouraged to submit two or three high resolution images to illustrate their article.

If you are intending to submit an article or wish to discuss possibilities, please contact the Editor, Selga Harrington, by 30 July. Your final article must be submitted to Selga by email at selga.harrington (at) gmail (dot) com.


ANPC is seeking book reviewers. Reviewers get to keep the book! Reviews will appear in ANPCs quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation (APC).

* Australian Rainforest Fruits, a field guide, by Wendy and William Cooper.

* Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges 2, by Enid Mayfield

* Australian Native Plants: The Kings Park Experience, Edited by Mark Webb

* Linking Australia's Landscapes. Lessons and Opportunities from Large-scale conservation networks. Edited by J. Fitzsimons, I Pulseford and G Wescott

Email expressions of interest to Australiasian Plant Conservation editor selga.harrington (at) gmail (dot) com.

ANPC WORKSHOP on plant identification for flora of the Wimmera, Horsham Victoria 30th – 31st October 2013

ANPC will be hosting a workshop on plant identification for flora of the Wimmera in partnership with Wimmera CMA and Wimmera Landcare 30th – 31st October 2013 in Horsham.

This two day workshop will introduce participants to the plant communities and threatened flora of the Wimmera region and provide the skills and information required to positively identify a range of common plants.

We will use some of the most commonly encountered plant groups 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 workshop is targeted at the beginner level, but will also provide a good opportunity for those more experienced in plant identification to refresh their skills.

Learning will be through a combination of theory presentations, practicals and field‑based activities.

Workshop Program.
More information, including fees and registration form.

LATEST ISSUE OF APC on the theme fire and biodiversity is out

ANPC members recently received the latest edition of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC)

The theme of this issue is fire and biodiversity. 

Articles include:

*Integrating fire management into conservation actions for a threatened plant.

*Translating science into practice for improved fire management and biodiversity conservation.

*Ecologically sustainable fire management.

*The response of threatened orchids Victoria to wild fire.

*Improving the management of native orchid populations.

*The role of fire in plant conservation in wheatbelt remnants.

*Identifying ecosystems at risk – the new IUCN Red List.

and much more.....

There’s also loads of regular features including: Report from New Zealand Plant Conservation Network (NZPCN) , Recent ANPC workshop reports, Upcoming conferences and workshops, Information resources and useful websites, and a Research round up.

If you would like to receive APC become a member of ANPC.

NEWS & interesting reads in plant conservation

Biodiversity Fund slashed. c. $200 Million of unallocated funding from the Biodiversity Fund was returned to the budget.

Federal Government release list of 15 Strategic Research Priorities including three related to living in a changing environment. These priorities will guide investment in research.

"Repairing and preparing Australia's landscapes for global change: Why we must do much more". A new report from Australia 21. Related read.

First outbreak of Red Witchweed (Striga asiatica) in Australia recently confirmed in Queensland. Red Witchweed parasitises a very wide range of hosts in the Poaceae, so has the potential to pose a serious threat to sugarcane and cereal crops. More information and reporting proceduresNews story.

Revegetation helps fix the climate, but Australia would rather clear land, The Conversation

Why grasslands need 'champions', John Morgan.

Highlights (video) from a Native Seed Production Area Workshop run by Greening Australia and Australian National Botanic Gardens.

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

Nature Hub: a new website for organisations, groups and individuals working in the volunteer conservation sector in Southern Tasmania.

Weedfutures: a new Australian weed website providing a decision support tool to help determine current and future weed threats.

Landcare social media manual. Landcare Australia recently launched a social media manual to help groups get the most out of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The manual is for members of the Landcare community who are thinking about starting to use social media, or who have been using it for a while but would like to learn more. Also be useful for other organisations and groups.

Carbon Farming Initiative webinar on how to conduct an environmental planting project.

Wet Tropics World Heritage Area - e Bulletin. 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.

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


Identification of vegetation communities of Western Sydney. 3 days August 2013 Richmond, NSW.

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

Identification of eucalypts in Western Sydney and Lower Blue Mountains. 14 and 17 August. Richmond, NSW

Landcare and Catchment Management Forum 3-5 Sept, Newcastle, NSW

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

Evening Nature Presentation: Ground Orchids of Lane Cove. 15 August Sydney NSW

Bushcare's Major Day Out, 8th September 2013. National.

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.

Sydney Weeds Professional Forum incl. techniques for Weed Management in Environmentally Sensitive Areas, 18 Oct 2013, Sydney, NSW

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

Apology for the extra ANPC News that went out this morning with only 1 item

There appears to have been a problem with the scheduling of ANPC News and it accidentally went out this morning with only the last item. Sorry.

It is important to us that we do not fill your email in box with too many messages, so I apologise for unintentionally sending you two emails today.

Tricia Hogbin,
Project Manager

Do you have any news you would like to share?

We would love to help promote your events, research outcomes or activities.

If you have plant conservation news you would like us to share please email your news to projects (at) anpc.asn.au. Please include "For ANPC News" in the subject.