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Bookings are now open for this much anticipated event! The Albert Morris Award Committee is planning a once-in-a lifetime ecological restoration-themed field trip to Broken Hill with organised activities within Broken Hill occurring over the three days include a welcome reception, tour of the reserves, working bees and Awards dinner. The purpose is to celebrate the place of the 1930's Broken Hill Regeneration Reserves in pioneering ecological restoration in Australia and to make links with locals involved with the project. Over 50 people responded to our expression of interest Survey - so early bookings are advisable. Early bird discounts end 15 July so get in quick! This will mark the inauguration of the Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Award. Read more about this upcoming event here, watch this video, and read the special Broken Hill issue of AABR News. The ANPC is proud to be co-hosting this event with the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, Greening Australia and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Book here.
Would you like to sponsor this event? Funds raised will go towards:
- a short film (or series of shorts) about the amazing story of how this outstanding pioneer restoration project came about, its history and what they mean to Australia today.
- travel costs and expenses of special guests to attend the inaugural Awards dinner.
- the commissioning of a sculpture to commemorate the Albert Morris Award.
Over 90 people attended the launch at the Albury Library Museum of the 'Along the Bush Tracks' booklet for discovering the hilltop bushlands of Albury-Wodonga including plants, birds, cultural heritage and trails. ANPC Project Manager Martin Driver helped launch the booklet and spoke about the value of bushland on the doorstep. The revision of the booklet was a collaboration of Murray Local Land Services, Office of Environment and Heritage, Albury-Wodonga Field Naturalists Club, Albury City Council, City of Wodonga and Parklands Albury Wodonga.
Do you live in or near Canberra with an interest in plant conservation? Are you looking for some volunteer work while studying, searching for a job or during retirement? Or know someone who is? A volunteer position at the ANPC's National Office is now available one day a week on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm or Fridays 1:30pm - 4:30pm. Bring your skills, personality, ideas and experience to help us work more effectively towards promoting and developing plant conservation in Australia. The office is based in the Crosbie Morrison Building at the Australian National Botanic Gardens. Volunteers receive a free annual parking permit for the Gardens and free ANPC membership! Click here for more information and download the position description.
Watch this ABC Open video, by filmmaker Richard Snashall, of the Sandhill Paddock Walk near Hay NSW held in September last year
Organised by the ANPC and Riverina Local Land Services, and led by ANPC Project Manager Martin Driver, the Sandhill Paddock Walk focused on 'Sandhill Pine Woodland in the Riverina' which is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community in NSW. The aim was to increase plant identification skills and highlight the importance of revegetation. The extraordinary rainfall in the Riverina last winter resulted in an explosion of native plant growth and germination at both properties visited. https://open.abc.net.au/explore/180752
The ANPC's 'Bring Back the Banksias' project aims to assist in improving the conservation status of Silver Banksia (Banksia marginata) in Victoria and south-western NSW where it has undergone considerable decline. Stage 1 of this project, supported by the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, was recently completed. The location and distribution of known relict or remnant populations of this iconic species were collated and documented to guide future genetic research, seed collection strategies for the establishment of Seed Production Areas and future field restoration works. 6 workshops have also been held, with the most recent at Lake Bolac on 24 February 2017 which outlined what has been happening recently with regards to Silver Banksia research, mapping, genetics and seed orchards. Click here for more information on the project and to download the report on the Lake Bolac workshop. Further funding is now being sought for Stage 2 of the project.
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Read all about what the ANPC achieved in 2016 in the President's report delivered at the AGM by Dr Linda Broadhurst.
ANPC President, Dr Linda Broadhurst.
Some of the best seasonal conditions in the last forty years created great opportunities for a series of native plant identification and management workshops held this spring across the NSW Western Division in conjunction with Western Local Land Services, Western Landcare and supported by the NSW Environmental Trust. The workshops focussed on the resources available to identify native plants, systems for narrowing down the identification of plants and the use or management of those plants. Read more.
Native Plant ID workshop at Clevedale Station via Broken Hill (Photo: Western LLS)
This new publication by Nola Hancock, Rebecca Harris, Linda Broadhurst and Lesley Hughes provides information on how to use on-line tools to gauge if existing vegetation (species and local populations) are likely to be suitable as the climate changes. To make these decisions, information on climate projections for the revegetation site, the climatic tolerance of the existing species (as indicated by the species’ distribution), and the likelihood of survival of local populations are required. The Guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to (1) find and use on-line regional climate projections for a local site; (2) evaluate which plant species will be suitable at the site in the future; and (3) consider which strategy for selecting provenances will increase the likelihood of the local population surviving in the future? These steps are designed to acknowledge uncertainties about the nature and scale of physical change and to develop strategies that are as robust and climate-ready as possible, given our current knowledge base. The publication is available as a hard copy booklet, on this website and can be downloaded as a pdf here. The ANPC is proud to be hosting this publication on behalf of the authors.
The Metallic Sun-orchid (Thelymitra epipactoides) and Wimmera Spider-orchid (Caladenia lowanensis) are two of Australia's most endangered plants. The ANPC and Parks Victoria Little Desert Region have recently collaborated under a Victorian Government Communities for Nature grant to undertake weed control over two years within a reserve near Nhill in western Victoria, to support the National Recovery Plans for both species by treating the introduced weed Perennial Veldt Grass (Ehrharta calycina). Read more.
The endangered Wimmera Spider-orchid (Caladenia lowanensis). (Photo: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)
The aim of this project, funded by Portland Aluminium, is to increase the long term viability of the Melblom’s Spider-orchid (Caladenia hastata) by re-introducing this species into three sites in the far south west of Victoria. The long term aim of this project is to reduce the species from Federally Endangered to Federally Vulnerable under the EPBC Act (1999). Over the 2015-16 financial year, seed and mycorrhiza have been collected and 200 plants propagated which are currently housed at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Orchid Conservation Laboratory in partnership with the ANPC. Three hundred and twenty one plants were re-introduced. The re-introductions to date have been highly successful with an 80% survival rate. Read more.
Melblom’s Spider-orchid (Caladenia hastata) which is endangered at the National and State Level (Photo: Len Carrigan)
The ANPC has been a major partner in the development of these national standards over the last three years with the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA). They are designed to encourage all restoration and rehabilitation projects in Australia to reach their highest potential. Read the standards here.
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