Australasian Plant Conservation (formerly Danthonia)
Originally published in Danthonia 9(2), September 2000
National Coordinator's Report
Jeanette Mill, ANPC National Coordinator
ANPC plant conservation email listserver has been a
great success. Already over 150 people have subscribed. An average of one
message a day has been posted, ranging from enquiries about weed control to
announcements about grants, and requests for experts on the world's top 100
invasive species. Several of the messages have prompted an excellent range of
responses, and any relevant responses I will post to the list. To subscribe or
post anything to the list please contact us. Over the last couple of months
we have been giving the ANPC website a major overhaul. A new all-singing, all-dancing
website will be launched in late September, complete with stunning photos of
threatened plants, and even more information about plant conservation in Australia,
and overseas. So keep an eye out at www.anbg.gov.au/anpc
Spreading the word
Articles by ANPC have been published in several national and international publications
in the last few months, including the inaugural edition of the journal Ecological
Management and Restoration, and the AMEEF Best Practice 2000 Year Book.
Henry Nix honoured
Professor Henry Nix, founding Chair of the ANPC Advisory Committee and member of the ANPC
Management Committee was honoured with an Officer of the Order of Australia
award as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours, "for services to the environment,
particularly the conservation of natural resources, and to land management through
the development and application of simulation models for ecologically sustainable
land utilisation." (The Canberra Times, 12th June). A photo and article
about Professor Nix's award appeared in the Canberra Times. Congratulations
The ANPC received a grant from the Council of Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens
Career Development Grant Scheme for 1999/2000. Funds will be used to subsidise
the participation costs of staff from botanic gardens at ANPC training courses.
The ANPC is very grateful to CHABG for its recognition of the ANPC's key role
in providing quality plant conservation training.
AGM and committee nominations
Notice of the second ANPC Inc. Annual General Meeting is announced
in inserts in this issue. As the two-year term of the first ANPC Inc Committee
is almost complete, nominations for Committee
members are also being called for in the inserts in this issue of Danthonia.
These are important ANPC issues, so please read the material. A quorum of 20
is required at the AGM, so your attendance is encouraged. The ANPC constitution can be found on the website.
WildCare, of which the ANPC Tasmanian Regional Group, the Botanical
Guardians, forms a component, won a 2000 Banksia Environment Award in June.
This is in recognition of the enormous amount of volunteer time Wildcare and
the Botanical Guardians have put into the Tasmanian environment. Just one example
of the magnitude of this effort is the removal by the BGs of over 40,000 gorse
bushes from Schouten Island.
Call for conference hosts
The next ANPC National Conference will be held in late 2001 or early 2002. We are
calling for expressions of interest in hosting the conference. Previous conferences
have been held in Canberra, Hobart, Coffs Harbour and Albury/Wodonga,
so the fifth one should be in a region not previously catered for. The 1999
conference was billed as a great success. Hosting the conference in your
area is a great way of showcasing the plant conservation work you are involved
in, and facilitating vital local, and national, networking. If you are interested
in hosting this exciting conference, contact us at the National Office and we
can provide you with information about what hosting the conference will involve.