Where will the seeds for the future come from? Given development pressures and declining space for connectivity, there is an increasing need for restorationists, plant producers and landscape architects to collaborate on ensuring natives of the correct provenance and genetics are conserved as well as planted within urban spaces. This forum brings together people from the bush regeneration, revegetation, nursery and landscape architecture and planning sectors to set the scene for future collaborations and introduces the innovative project ‘Healthy Seeds’ that is poised to offer practical solutions for all. This event is being co-hosted by the ANPC and the Australian Association for Bush Regenerators (AABR) at the Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Reservoir Street, Sydney and is assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. Tickets will go on sale in August. Read more.
A Threatened Plant Translocation Workshop was held on Friday 3 May 2019 in the Ingkarni Wardli Building, The University of Adelaide, with 12 speakers presenting to a total of 57 participants representing over 10 volunteer groups, two universities, landcare groups, government departments, local councils, NGOs, consultancies and a winemaker. .
Material in the new Guidelines forthe Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia was covered as well as 7 local South Australian translocation case studies and a lively panel discussion. Lucy Commander, lead editor of the Translocation Guidelines, gave an introduction to translocation, an overview of the Guidelines, tips for success when preparing a translocation proposal, and suggestions for translocation design and management. Additional aspects of translocations were covered by Michelle Waycott (pre-translocation assessment), Doug Bickerton (decision making, policy and approvals), Dan Duval (seed banking), Martin Breed (genetics and provenance), and Kylie Moritz (monitoring and evaluation).
Case studies on South Australian species highlighted the complexities of translocation projects. James Trezise explained his research on Yundi Guinea-flower (Hibbertia tenuis), Alex Mason spoke on Silver Daisy-bush (Olearia pannosa ssppannosa), Tim Field presented on Spiny Daisy (Acanthocladium dockeri), Geraldine Turner spoke about Whibley wattle (Acacia whibleyana) and Kylie Moritz presented on Monarto Mintbush (Prostanthera eurybioides). South Australian habitats were also showcased, as we heard from Jerry Smith about the Adelaide Mt Lofty Ranges, and from Veronica Bates on Kangaroo Island.