Sandhills Management & Rehabilitation Field Day - Thursday 31 August 2017

You are invited to Oolambeyan National Park to view one of the best examples of the Endangered Ecological Community Sandhill Pine Woodland in the Riverina. These woodlands are critical to the health of the region, supporting plants and animals and providing on-farm production benefits when integrated into farming systems. Find out how best to manage livestock grazing, how to revegetate sandhills through natural regeneration, planting and direct seeding, and the funding currently available to land-holders. We will talk openly about the challenges and successes of managing sandhills including rabbits, biocontrol, boxthorn and weeds. There will be demonstrations of boxthorn removal using brush-cutters, rabbit control techniques and tree seeding machinery, plus experts from many different fields available to answer your questions, including ANPC Project Manager Martin Driver. Read more here.

ANPC Project Manager, Martin Driver (left), speaking at "Zara" on a Sandhill Paddock Walk at Booroorban near Hay NSW, in June 2016. (Photo: Annabel Lugsdin)


Successful Threatened Plants Translocation Information Day held on 1 August, at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney

Organised by the ANPC and the Threatened Species Recovery Hub, with support from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, ‘Plants Going Places’ attracted a capacity audience of 80 people (with a waiting list) demonstrating a huge interest in plant translocation. Attendees included threatened species project coordinators, environmental consultants, local government officers, NGOs, NRM organisations, bushcare volunteers and community members who were involved, or had an interest, in policy and/or the implementation of planned translocations. Local and national experts held a range of presentations on provenance, orchids, the science of translocation, monitoring, licensing, policy and numerous case studies including Asterolasia buxifoliaFontainea orariaPersoonia pauciflora, and Wollemia nobilis. Read more and download the program here.

Participants at the Translocation Information Day held in the Maiden Theatre at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. (Photo: Jo Lynch)


Review of the ANPC's 'Guidelines for Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia'

The ANPC has received funding from the National Environmental Science Program's Threatened Species Recovery Hub to produce the third edition of the translocation guidelines. The project forms part of the Hub's larger Project 4.3 - 'Improving threatened plant reintroduction success and species recovery'. The review is being undertaken during 2017 and 2018 through consultation and liaison with a wide range of experts (scientists and practitioners), community representatives and organisations, and a final draft will be produced in mid 2018. A national consultation workshop was held on 2 & 3 August 2017 at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney which brought together translocation experts from around Australia, to review and add to the individual chapters of the guidelines and suggest new case studies. Click here for more information.

Participants at the recent national consultation workshop. Standing, left to right: Jen Silcock, Doug Bickerton, Andrew Benwell, Tom North, Rachael Gallagher, Linda Broadhurst, Joslin Moore, David Coates, Paul Adam, Marc Freestone, Rebecca Dillon, Nigel Swarts, Noushka Reiter, Heidi Zimmer, Laura Simmonds, Neville Walsh, Tony Auld, Mark Ooi, Andrew Young, David Taylor and Bob Makinson. Sitting: Lucy Commander, Cathy Offord, Peter Vesk, Margaret Byrne, Maria Matthes, Leonie Monks and Maurizio Rossetto. (Photo: Jo Lynch)


Position Vacant - ANPC Treasurer

ANPC Treasurer Merryl Bradley’s 4 year term will end at the next Annual General Meeting in November 2017. The ANPC is calling for suitably experienced people interested in being nominated for this Executive position. This is a great opportunity to gain Executive Not-for-profit Committee experience. The role of Treasurer is broadly to manage and report on the ANPC financial affairs, attend and present financial reports to the ANPC’s bi-monthly Management Committee meetings and Annual General Meetings, and to develop a budget for each financial year. Desirable knowledge, skills and experience: a sound familiarity with financial record keeping, including GST, PAYG, Superannuation, Payroll and Bank Reconciliation issues; and familiarity with, or a willingness to learn the basics of, XERO software. Location in or near Canberra is an advantage but not essential. Nominations close Friday 25 August 2017. Click here for more information and to nominate.

The 2014 ANPC Annual General Meeting held in Hobart. (Photo: Jo Lynch)


Albert Morris Ecological Restoration Field Trip and Award - Broken Hill, 22-24 August 2017

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. Early bird discounts end 31 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 videoand 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 AustralasiaBook 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.


'Along the Bush Tracks' 3rd edition booklet launched in Albury on 25 May 2017

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.


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

ANPC Project Manager, Martin Driver (left), discussing remnant sandhill vegetation at the fenced reserve at “Zara” on the Sandhill Paddock Walk on 15 September 2016. (S. Ware)


Bring Back the Banksias

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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The 2016 ANPC Annual General Meeting was held on Tuesday 15 November

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.


Western Wildflower Walkabouts - ANPC Native Plant ID workshops held recently in Western NSW

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)


Climate-ready revegetation. A guide for natural resource managers - NEW!

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.


Saving the federally listed Metallic Sun-orchid and Wimmera Spider-orchid from weed invasion

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)


Conservation of the endangered Melblom’s Spider-orchid (Caladenia hastata)

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)


National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration in Australia

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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