Australasian Plant Conservation
Originally published in Australasian Plant Conservation 13(3), December 2004 - February 2005
Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, CSIRO Plant Industry
This report for APC incorporates the essence of
my President's Report presented at the ANPC Annual General Meeting in November
2004, and as such will recap on some of the activities of the organisation
during the past year.
The ANPC has faced some challenging moments
during this past year complemented by many exciting times and events taking us
in new directions.
The largely new committee has worked well
together and individual contributions have been outstanding. The ANPC should be
proud of the dedication of its elected office bearers. I would like to take
this opportunity to sincerely thank the retiring members of the National
Committee, Stephen Harris, Kingsley Dixon, David Given and Tracey Armstrong, for
their long term commitment to the organization, which I am sure will continue
under different guises. In addition, our Treasurer Gerald Mueller must retire
at this time - Ged has grappled with some difficult situations and funding
uncertainties during his term and we are extremely grateful for his efforts and
It is also a great pleasure to welcome some new
members to the National Committee. Helena Mills, Trevor Christensen and Paul
Janssens were all elected at the recent Annual General Meeting and we anticipate
great enthusiasm and an influx of fresh ideas! We will include some short
biographies in upcoming APCs for you to get to know your committee members.
The two new staff members, Pam Strickland
(holding the office together) and Sally Stephens (Project Officer for the
environmental grants and workshop organiser), have become ANPC enthusiasts and
are working very hard to keep the organisation buzzing.
In June we launched the second edition of the Guidelines for the Translocation of Threatened Plants in Australia at the
Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney. The production and publication was supported
by the NSW Environmental Trust, which also assisted with distribution. This new
edition, supported by the NRM Ministerial Council, reflects advances in
scientific practice and the greatly increased practical experience in
translocation. With more than 500 copies having been distributed, the
Guidelines appear to have been well received with considerable positive
The high quality training workshops organised and hosted by the ANPC during this past year have contributed
significantly to the scientific level of information provided to practitioners.
The feedback from each of the workshops
has been extremely complimentary on the quality of presentations, as well as the
relevance of the content.
A series of "Translocation of Threatened
Plants" workshops have been held responding to user demand. The
first of these, in February at Mt Annan Botanic Gardens, was followed by another
in June at the RBG Sydney. Extending beyond NSW, the Victorian Department of
Sustainability and Environment and North Central CMA partly sponsored a third
translocation workshop in Bendigo in September, as did Kings Park & Botanic
Garden and the WA Department of Conservation and Land Management (CALM) in
November. In addition, another translocation workshop took place in south-east
Queensland as part of the Envirofund grant jointly supported by the Queensland
Government Environment Protection Agency.
Three or four ANPC committee members have
provided the core of presentations for each of these workshops and their
formula, incorporating real case scenarios into the program, seems to have hit
on a winning combination.
I would like to express gratitude on behalf of all of us in the ANPC to those
members who have contributed so much of their time and energy to the success of
With Roger Good's major assistance and support
from TransGrid we also held an alpine workshop: Ecological Restoration
for Mountain Environments - approaches and techniques in April, with 92
participants. There appears to be some interest in ANPC being involved in more
of this type of biome oriented training for restoration techniques and
In late November/early December as part of the Envirofund Grant, our project officer Sally Stephens organised an
extravaganza of three workshops and two one-day field trips in south-east Queensland.
One of these sessions was the translocation workshop, as well as two (repeat)
workshops on Approaches and Techniques for the Rehabilitation of Native
Vegetation in South-east Queensland - one held in Brisbane at the Mt
Coot-tha Botanic Gardens and the other at University of Queensland Gatton
campus. Sally committed enormous energy to bring these events together and
participant responses the effort has been well worthwhile. See separate report
on page 4.
Following the very successful alpine restoration
workshop in April, the ANPC will be running three more workshops on
post-disturbance rehabilitation of plant biodiversity in NSW during 2005.
Details of these will be provided as they are developed - keep an eye on the
ANPC website. These workshops are supported by the NSW Environmental Trust.
It is extremely encouraging to review the
collaborative partnerships that ANPC has developed with a wide range of
organizations, all of whom have generously assisted with running these training
sessions. It is clear there is a demand to increase the scientific level of
information being provided to those of our community responsible for on-ground
management and conservation. I wish to acknowledge the generous backing and
cooperation of the various organizations and agencies as mentioned above.
Australasian Plant Conservation (APC): it is exciting to see the content of the Bulletin expanding to
incorporate more substantial articles, for which we have received positive
feedback. In addition, the concept of publishing issues of APC dedicated to a
particular theme, such as this one on wetlands, seems to have met with
approval. We are planning for the next issue of APC to be centred around
pathogens and plant conservation. Feedback from members on these issues and
other suggestions would be very helpful.
The next ANPC National Conference - will
be held in Adelaide from 26 September to 1 October, 2005. The general theme of
the conference will be: Plant Conservation - the challenges of change -
with the intention of dealing with various types of change, such as climate,
threats and policy. This conference will be hosted jointly with the South
Australian Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) and the Botanic Gardens
of Adelaide. Notifications will be distributed soon and further information will
be incorporated into the next issue of APC.
As a leadup to the national conference and to
bring attention to our activities in South Australia and beyond, the ANPC and
the SA DEH jointly sponsored a symposium within the Ecological Society of
Australia (ESA) conference in Adelaide in December. The symposium, entitled Revegetation and Ecological Functionality, attracted 13 papers and a very
good attendance, and stimulated much discussion. I would like to thank the ESA
for incorporating our symposium suggestion into the conference, and look forward
to further interaction with the society in the future.
In approaching the new year I am sure the ANPC is going to be
faced with many more challenges and opportunities. The important point, as an
organization and an active conservation network, is that we can look back on the
year and see that we have made a difference. I feel the ANPC has definitely
achieved that goal in 2004.