Field Trip 1: Threatened plant translocation projects - Full day 9am - 4pm
Visit two threatened plant translocation sites in the ACT region with officers from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and the Australian National Botanic Gardens. First stop will be the Pomaderris delicata (Delicate Pomaderris) translocation site, a local success story and a case study to be included in the 3rd edition of the Translocation Guidelines. Second stop will be McLeods Creek Nature Reserve to inspect initial trial plantings of Senecio garlandii and Lepidium ginninderrense (Ginninderra Peppercress) and discuss future site selection, source of propagating material and collaboration. There will also be a short discussion on the history of the reserve and revegetation of the Box Gum Grassy Woodland Endangered Ecological Community at the site.
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Field Trip 2: Barrer Hill Woodland Restoration Project - Half day 9am - 1pm
Visit Barrer Hill with Greening Australia looking at a variety of restoration and translocation techniques. A restoration project has been taking place at Barrer Hill in the Molonglo Valley since 2014. The 50 hectare area, on the northern bank of the Molonglo River, across from the new suburb of Coombs, has a long history of human impacts. It was formerly planted with non-native pines as well as used for livestock grazing. Barrer Hill still retains high conservation value with rocky grasslands home to threatened species like the pink-tailed worm-lizard. The area also forms parts of the soon-to-be declared Molonglo River Reserve which will be a key recreational area for the developing suburbs of Molonglo. The restoration work to date has included removing the pines and progressively replacing them with native shrubs and trees, including yellow box, red-stem wattle and clustered everlasting daisy. Grassland restoration has replaced patches of exotic grasses and weeds with a diverse mix of native grasses and wildflowers, including the endangered Button Wrinklewort. A key part of the project has involved returning habitat structures to the area such as rocks, salvaged logs, and dead trees which provide shelter for wildlife
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