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Australasian Plant Conservation

Originally published in Australasian Plant Conservation 20(3) December 2011 - February 2012, p 2

From the Editor

Selga Harrington
Parsons Brinckerhoff

Welcome, readers, to 2012 and the summer issue of Australian Plant Conservation. The theme for this issue is ‘Monitoring and plant conservation’. Monitoring is an important aspect of plant conservation work, providing data to assess changes over time and allowing people to make informed decisions about management practices, and make changes to those practices if necessary.

This issue includes specific examples of monitoring on-ground plant conservation activities, ranging from monitoring:

  • threatened species, including Tumut Grevillea (NSW), Lanky Buttons (Tas) and Byfield Matchstick (Qld)
  • vegetation communities and the habitats they provide, including temperate grasslands and grassy woodlands
  • threatened species habitat management, including weed control within the Sydney Olympic Park brickpit which provides habitat for the Green and Golden Bell Frog
  • the effectiveness of restoration activities including destocking in the Macquarie Marshes and revegetation using topsoil translocation.

Included in this issue is a request from the NSW Central West Catchment Management Authority for feedback on community based monitoring programs and how to get landholder volunteers involved in monitoring. A subject I’m sure a lot of our readers have experience with. 

The themed articles are followed by an update on Australian Plant Census, a project that aims at providing an up-to-date list of accepted names for the Australian vascular plants, both native and introduced. An invaluable tool to help us all to stay on top of the name changes!

This issue also includes the (outgoing) ANPC President’s report from Bob Makinson who has provided strong leadership to ANPC for the last three years. The issue concludes with our regular features: Zoë Smith’s final report from the USA, Report from New Zealand Plant Conservation Network; two book reviews, Information Resources and Useful Websites, Research Roundup and upcoming conferences and workshops.

Enjoy your summer reading!