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ANPC News - September 2016
11th Australasian Plant Conservation Conference (APCC11) - Registrations close Friday 28 October!
Effective threatened plant translocations need to successfully establish in the short term and become self-sustaining in the long-term. Leonie Monks from the WA Department of Parks and Wildlife will give a Plenary Talk at on the many challenges in achieving this, including propagation difficulties, optimal site selection, improving translocation methodologies, and adequately defining and assessing success. Leonie will also discuss the need to expand our knowledge on species ecology and conservation and use this knowledge to continually improve our translocation techniques and increase our chances of success. Download the draft programme and register here.

Leonie Monks at a translocation site for the endangered Banksia anatona in south west WA. (Photo: Leonie Monks)

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for APCC11!
Receive complementary tickets and promote your organisation to the lead plant conservation specialists in Australia! Download the Sponsorship Prospectus and be a part of this premier event in Melbourne. Download the prospectus here. Many sponsorship options are provided but we are especially seeking support for the following:
Lunch, Morning/Afternoon Tea sponsor $500
Welcome Reception sponsor $1,500
Conference Dinner sponsor $1,500
Conference Bag inserts $100


Western Wildflower Walkabouts - 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 ANPC native plant identification and management workshops held this spring across the NSW Western Division in conjunction with Western Local Land Services (WLLS), 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.


ANPC 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 ANPC is proud to be hosting this publication on behalf of the authors. 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.

Other conferences and events:

Native Grasses: Enhancing Establishment Forum 2016 - Mawson Lakes, SA, 20 - 21 October 2016
Hosted by the City of Salisbury with support from the Native Grass Resources Group, this forum will include presentations by leading practitioners on the need to both conserve existing grasslands and create opportunities and techniques to establish and restore native grasslands, panel discussions, a half-day field trip and plenty of opportunities for networking and information sharing with industry peers. Register here.

Greening Australia: 'Understanding the Volcanic Plains Grasslands' - Colac Vic, 24, 25 & 26 October 2016,
This three day event offers a rare opportunity to discover the diverse grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plains. Hear about their unique geology, discover the area's cultural history and significance, and learn how to identify native grassland. More information available here.

Wetland Plant Identification Courses - Cohuna, Vic, October & December 2016 and March 2017
Presented by Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes from Rakali Ecological Consulting, these courses are aimed at anyone interested in wetland plant identification and ecology. Each course runs for three days and each day will focus on a different wetland habitat. More information is available here.

Lowland Wetland Ecology Course - South Gippsland, Vic, 7-11 November 2016
Presented by Damien Cook and Elaine Bayes from Rakali Ecological Consulting, this 5 day course is aimed at people working in the conservation and natural resource management industry and will include presentations and field trips to the stunning wetlands along the Bass Coast. This wetland ecology course runs only once every 2 years so if you want to expand your wetland skills come along. This is a great opportunity to learn and share with other wetland managers. See website for more information.

Restore Regenerate Revegetate: A Conference on Restoring Ecological Processes, Ecosystems and Landscapes in a Changing World – University of New England, Armidale NSW, 5-9 February 2017
The sustainable management and restoration of terrestrial ecosystems has never been more important and challenging, given humankind’s growing reach throughout the biosphere and resulting accelerating changes from local to global level. It has been a decade since the revegetation industry, Landcarers, mine rehabilitation experts, carbon farmers, wildlife scientists, natural resource managers, restoration ecologists, conservation biologists and social scientists met nationally to review current theory and practice in restoration science, practice and landscape repair to sustain ecosystems and services for multiple objectives. Over five days in February 2017, you are invited to the University of New England to contribute to our joint understanding of the challenges and successes in restoration, revegetation and reintroduction in a fast-changing world, with some of Australia’s and the world’s leading practitioners, scientists, consultants and advisers working in this space.

News:

30 priority plants being targeted by Australia’s Threatened Species Strategy
On Threatened Species Day, September 7 2016, the Australian Government announced a list of 30 priority plants and committed to improving the trajectories of these species by 2020. The list includes grevilleas and banksias from the flower forests of Western Australia, an incredible ‘Ant Plant’ from the ancient rainforests of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and a spectacular hibiscus from the sandstone cliffs of Kakadu National Park. Threatened Species Commissioner, Gregory Andrews, will be the Keynote Speaker at APCC11 and will talk about the 30 priority plants, and check out his video of one of the 30 plants - the Mongarlowe mallee tree that scientists believe could be between 2000 and 13000 years old. Read more about the full list of 30 plants here

NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub’s 'Red Hot List' for flora project
Following a series of interviews conducted with plant experts across the country, this project will identify Australia’s most imperilled plants. University of Queensland research fellow Jennifer Silcock’s work will highlight which of Australia’s threatened plants require immediate attention, alert relevant community groups, scientists and landholders and provide an overview of national efforts to conserve threatened plant species. She has interviewed over 40 botanists to date and expects to interview up to 200 plant scientists during the course of the project. Dr Silcock will give a Plenary Talk at APCC11 about this project!

NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub’s Threatened plant reintroduction and relocation project
A new national plant translocation database could be on the horizon, after researchers gathered to map out the sources of existing translocation data at a recent workshop. Dr David Coates from WA’s Department of Parks and Wildlife, who leads the project said records of approximately 230 plant translocations had been received and are being worked through. According to the preliminary tally, up to half of the plant translocations have taken place in Western Australia. Dr Coates says the uncertainty surrounding the true number of translocations and varying degrees of data quality highlights the need for a co-ordinated national database.

New listings of threatened ecological communities under the EPBC Act 1999
The Minister for the Environment and Energy, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg, has approved the inclusion of the Banksia Woodlands of the Swan Coastal Plan (endangered category) and the Illawarra and south coast lowland forest and woodland (critically endangered category) on the list of threatened ecological communities. These listings became effective on 16 September 2016. The approved conservation advice and indicative distribution map for each community is available on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.

New EBook on the Orchids of Victoria has been produced.
Bush Gems: A Guide to the Wild Orchids of Victoria, Australia’ by Gary Backhouse, Bill Kosky, Dean Rouse and James Turner. This is a new publication on the wild orchids of the State of Victoria and covers the 400 species of orchids currently recorded as occurring there. Every species is featured with descriptive text and a distribution map and for almost all species there are multiple photographs showing whole plants, flowers and labellum details. More information is available here.
 

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