Where will the seeds for the future come from?
Planners, managers, practitioners, seed collectors and nursery operators are familiar with the need to collect seed from widely spaced parents to optimise genetic integrity in replanted areas – but do we have a similar problem of inbreeding with small remnants subjected to bush regeneration alone?
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.
Planning for the Seeds for the Future, a one-day forum is underway to address these issues. 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.
The day will be structured around nine morning presentations to provide the background and context and an afternoon panel discussion on the implications for practitioners and need for leadership strategies which span agency boundaries.
The event is being co-hosted by the ANPC and the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) at the Teachers Federation Conference Centre, Sydney, and is assisted by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. Tickets will go on sale in August.