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The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation Inc. (ANPC) was held on Wednesday 29 November 2017 at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, Canberra. Linda Broadhurst was renominated as President and Bob Makinson as Vice-President. We welcome Chris Ikin as our new Treasurer and Andrew Crawford, Selga Harrington and Kylie Moritz as new Ordinary Members of the ANPC Management Committee and thank them for their nominations. Kate Brown, David Coates, Paul Gibson-Roy, Maria Matthes were renominated as Ordinary Members. Many thanks to Doug Bickerton, Anne Cochrane and Natalie Tapson who stepped down from the committee this year, and to Merryl Bradley who retired from the Treasurer position after 4 years. Click here to read the President's Report on what the ANPC has achieved over the last year.
The vulnerable Calotis glandulosa (Mauve Burr-daisy) which is found in montane and subalpine grasslands in the Monaro and Kosciuszko regions. (Photo: Lily Berry)
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 buxifolia, Fontainea oraria, Persoonia pauciflora, and Wollemia nobilis.
Read more and download the presentation slides and audio files here.
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)
Join the ANPC for 2018 and receive two FREE 2017 editions of our quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation!
Help us promote and improve plant conservation in Australia! ANPC membership entitles you to discounts and benefits including: subscription to the ANPC’s quarterly bulletin Australasian Plant Conservation; discounts to ANPC workshops, conferences and forums; and discounted subscription to Ecological Management and Restoration (EMR). Being a member is one of the most solid contributions you can make to our conservation work. Some of our high priority projects for 2018 include the Review of the ANPC'S Guidelines for Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia, Stage 2 of the Bring Back the Banksias project, commencing our new project Saving the threatened Audas Spider-orchid (Caladenia audasii) from extinction, and planning and hosting the 12th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC12) in Canberra in November 2018. Online membership payments are available. Join now!
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.
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.
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
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)
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)
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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