16 October 2013

Invitation to participate in a survey of species commonly used in restoration across NSW

The Australian Network for Plant Conservation is collating a list of 200-300 plant species considered most useful in restoration projects across NSW on behalf of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust (RBG&DT).

The results from this initial project will be used to guide the development of a broader RBG&DT project - Restore and Renew NSW.

The initial stage of this project is an online survey targeted at anyone involved in native vegetation restoration projects in NSW, including: restoration practitioners, bush regenerators, community volunteers, growers, seed collectors, regulators, licensors and researchers.

We invite anyone involved in native vegetation restoration in NSW to participate in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ANPC2013

Further information on the content and objectives of the survey is provided in the survey introduction.

Survey respondents will go in a draw to win a one year individual or community group membership to the ANPC, valued at up to $105.

Survey closes Friday 29th November 2013.

Introducing the Restore & Renew NSW project

The Restore and Renew NSW project aims to create a website where practitioners can access genetic, environmental and ecological information (including seed storage and germination requirements) for around 200 plant species.

Click on the image above to view a brief video about the Restore and Renew NSW Project.

More information on the vision for the Restore and Renew NSW project, and how to become involved, can be found here.

Restore & Renew NSW: New provenance guidelines for ecological restoration.
Tuesday 12th November 2013.
This seminar is being held in partnership with the Australian Association of Bush Regeneration (AABR) and Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.
For more information and to register visit the AABR website.

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

Only two weeks until our workshop on plant identification for flora of the Wimmera. Registrations close 23rd October.

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.

While the workshop focuses on flora of the Wimmera region, the skills learnt are transferable to other regions, making this course suitable for anyone wanting to improve their plant identification sills.

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.

Join ANPC and receive free membership for the rest of 2013 + bonus edition of APC

Join ANPC and receive free membership for the rest of 2013, as well as one extra edition of our quarterly bulletin 'Australasian Plant Conservation'.

Offer open until end of December.

Become part of a thriving network of plant conservationists which will help you keep in touch with news, activities, contacts and information on plant conservation in Australia and overseas.

Other benefits include:
* Four issues a year of the bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation.
* Discounted registration at ANPC conferences, forums and workshops (our next conference is in Tasmania Nov 2014)
* Discounted subscription to the journal Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR).

Your membership fees will also help us promote and improve plant conservation in Australia, such as running workshops, organising the next ANPC conference in Hobart in 2014 and developing our new website. For more information and to download the membership form, visit http://www.anpc.asn.au/

CALL FOR ARTICLES: special edition of APC on Seeds

We are seeking articles for the December 2013 – February 2014 issue of Australasian Plant Conservation (APC), the bulletin of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation.

The issue will be on the theme of "Seeds".

This issue will focus on the topic of seeds; everything from dispersal, germination and dormancy, longevity and storage, seed banking, use of seed in revegetation and conservation. Share your findings with our readers!

General articles not on the theme are also welcome.

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

We also welcome:

  • book reviews
  • titles of interesting recent publications or resources, and where they can be found
  • conference, workshop, course and fieldwork announcements
  • details of relevant publications, information resources and websites.

Deadline for submissions for the issue is Friday 8 November 2013.

If you are intending to submit an article or wish to discuss possibilities, please contact the Editor, Selga Harrington, by 25 October. Your final article must be submitted to Selga by email at selga (dot) harrington (at) gmail (dot) com.

Guidelines for authors about the APC style and scope are located on the ANPC website.

SAVE THE DATE: ANPC's 10th National Conference, Hobart November 2014

The ANPC’s 10th national conference will be held in Hobart, Tasmania in the first week of November 2014.

ANPC national conferences provide a major forum for conservation practitioners, community members and the scientific community to interact at a practical level.
Further details will be provided at anpc.asn.au/conferences.html as they become available. 

Invitation to participate in an on-line survey on flora translocations in Australia

If you are involved in flora conservation and/or flora translocations in Australia, you are invited and encouraged to participate in an on-line survey being conducted by the NSW Adaptation Research Hub of Macquarie University.

The survey seeks your opinion on:
• The future of flora translocations under climate change, particularly in regard to Assisted Colonisation and (if applicable to you)
• Monitoring guidelines and prioritisation of current flora translocations

This study will provide the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) with an overview of the role of flora translocations under climate change and an update on flora translocations in Australia, using case study evidence to inform practice. Survey results will be published in a peer-reviewed journal and will be made available to the wider community upon request.

The survey closes at 5 pm on Friday 25th October 2013.

More information and a link to the survey can be found here.


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

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

Plant Identification for flora of the Wimmera, Horsham, Victoria, 30-31 Oct

National Stipa Native Grasslands Conference 5-8 Nov SA

SE Queensland Fire & Biodiversity 2013 Spring Forum 7 Nov 2013 Brisbane Qld

Hunter Valley endangered species walk through Lower Hunter Dry Rainforest NSW, habitat for Cynanchum elegans 9th Nov.

Restore & Renew: New provenance guidelines for ecological restoration (Seminar), 12 Nov Sydney NSW

EcoTas13, 5th joint conference of the Ecological Society of Australia and the New Zealand Ecological Society, Auckland, New Zealand, November 24-29. 2013 Auckland

Integrating Biodiversity Outcomes with Streamlined Planning, 26-27 Nov 2013 Sydney

Workshop: Managing Constructed Wetlands and Water Plants 28-29 Nov 2013 Sydney

International Biogeography Society Early Career Conference 7-10 Jan 2014 Canberra.

Norah Head Restoration Project site tour 17 Jan 2014 Sydney NSW

ANPC's 10th National Conference, Hobart Tasmania, 1st week Nov 2014.

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