Capacity building in the translocation of threatened native plants in Victoria
Three video site tours are being produced to explore the stories of past and current plant translocation projects in Victoria. These stories are being told through the eyes of practitioners, and investigate what makes a translocation successful.
Our producer Chantelle Doyle and videographer Michael Lawrence-Taylor are investigating translocation projects of orchids in western Victoria, Pimelea spinescens subsp. spinescens in the Brimbank City Council area and Microseris scapigera (Murnong) at Merri Creek in Melbourne. They are also producing accompanying podcasts.
In 2022, three one-day threatened plant translocation workshops will be held in Melbourne, Ballarat and Bairnsdale, similar to those held previously in Canberra, Perth and Adelaide. The workshops will be based on content in the Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia.
The aim of the Plants Going Places project is to significantly build capacity for successful plant translocations in Victoria (especially critical to post-fire recovery), increase awareness of threatened plants, help tackle ‘plant blindness’, and give voice to those people who work in this underappreciated field. It will educate and inform both environmental scientists and practitioners in the science and practicalities of threatened plant translocation, for the benefit of Victoria’s threatened plant species.
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“The Ross Trust is a perpetual charitable trust with a vision to create positive social and environmental change so Victorians can thrive. The Trust was established in 1970 in Victoria by the will of the late Roy Everard Ross.