Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding face-to-face events, the three threatened plant workshops originally planned to be held in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bairnsdale this year are now going to be held as one online event. Chantelle Doyle, who produced the three Plants Going Places videos for the ANPC, will be coordinating and facilitating the workshop and we would like to welcome her to the team. Chantelle is currently completing a PhD focused on practitioner experiences of threatened plant translocation and produces the accompanying website (plant-heroes.com) which shares some of those practitioner stories. Chantelle has also planned and undertaken translocations of the Sydney Basin endemic, Julian’s Hibbertia (Hibbertia spanantha)
We will be sharing more details on the workshop shortly so keep an eye on our newsletter and social media channels for more information.
If you have translocation experience to share and would like to contribute to the workshop please email Chantelle Doyle at firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest webinar in our series ‘Plant treasures – in conversation’ was held on Thursday 12 May 2022. This special extended webinar focused on ‘The role of the nursery and living collections in conserving native plant species’ while highlighting current practice and future needs. You can watch the recording on our YouTube channel here.
The webinar was opened by the Germplasm Guidelines project manager, Amelia Martyn Yenson. John Arnott (Curator of horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and BGANZ Council Representative for Victoria) then gave a theme introduction before the following presentations and videos:
- VIDEO: The role of the plant nursery and living collections in ex situ conservation (John Arnott & Warren Worboys)
- Overview of the Germplasm Guidelines (Dr Amelia Martyn Yenson)
- VIDEO: Cutting propagation in the conservation nursery (Mandy Thomson)
- Trials, Tribulations & Triumphs in Managing a Botanic Gardens Seed Orchard (Lorraine Perrins)
- The role of the ANBG nursery and living collections in plant conservation (Dr Zoe Knapp)
- VIDEO: Collection, processing and storage of fern spores (Tom North)
- Biosecurity considerations in living collections (Amanda Shade)
- What we can learn from conservation of crop wild relatives? (Dr Sally Norton)
- VIDEO: Using ex situ collections of Australian native species: Translocation and other end uses (Dr Emma Dalziell, Dr Leonie Monks and Dr Andrew Crawford)
The webinar was concluded with a panel discussion facilitated by Michael Elgey (Curator Manager, The Australian Botanic garden mount Annan and BGANZ Council Representative for NSW).
This series is a collaborative project between the ANPC and BGANZ Collections and Records Management Group and is funded by a grant from The Ian Potter Foundation.
The 13th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference is to be held in Albury, NSW from Sunday 3 – Thursday 7 April 2022. This is the premier event in Australia to discuss native plant conservation issues. The overall theme is ‘Seeds to recovery’. The call for abstracts is currently open. We are seeking abstracts for both presentations and posters which fit within one of the 4 sub-themes:
- Bushfire recovery
- Conservation/threatened species and communities
- Engaging people with conservation & restoration
We are also seeking abstracts for shorter presentations (5 – 10mins TBC) on three workshop topics.Please visit our conference website to download the submission form. Abstract submission closes 4 February 2022.
The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) will be held on Wednesday 17 November 2021, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time) via Zoom. All current ANPC members are encouraged to attend in a voting capacity to ensure we reach a quorum, and to hear about what the ANPC has achieved over the last year. This includes individual members and representatives of organisational members. Please RSVP to the Secretary by Wednesday 10 November 2021 and then you will receive the Zoom link. To check your membership status, please contact the office.
Do you want to help make a difference to plant conservation in Australia? Nominations are now open for the following positions on the ANPC Inc. Committee of Management: President; Vice-President; Secretary and 5 ordinary members. Download the Committee Nomination Form here. Nominations must be received by the Secretary by close of business on Wednesday 10 November 2021.
Image by Amelia Martyn Yenson
On Thursday 11 October 2021 Amelia Martyn Yenson has been invited to speak at BGANZ Collections and Records Management Group’s online workshop. Make sure you save the date in your calendar to hear about the recently released Germplasm Guidelines in this free webinar.
On 13-14 October in Perth, the Revegetation Industry Association of WA are holding their 2021 seminar titled “The Revegetation Cycle”. This paid event will be held in person and online. The ANPC’s project manager Dr Lucy Commander has been invited to give a keynote presentation on the Florabank Guidelines. Full details here.