Victorian Volcanic Plains Conservation Management Network

Raising awareness about the value and use of native grasslands, seasonal wetlands, grassy woodlands & other ecosystems on the Victorian Volcanic Plains


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Grassland Contractors Workshops

Last year there were 2 workshops for contractors working in grasslands. This is a follow up and important if you want some practical advice on how to manage weeds in grasslands.

Contractors working on roadside and rail reserves are invited to a weed management workshop aimed at protecting critically endangered grasslands on Thursday October 5 at Shelford.

Grassland and weed management experts will share their plant identification knowledge and weed control techniques with participants on a bus tour of VVP native grassland sites along local roads and rail reserves as part of the five-year Linear Reserves Project. More details on the event here http://bit.ly/2xVnYpM

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Grassland motivation

It seems a bit quite on the grassland front so I thought a few photos might get us in the mood for planning some spring walks. I realise there is a focus on plants but if anyone wants to send me some VVP fauna photos that we can use then you are more than welcome vvpcmn@gmail.com


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Community Skills Development Grants

The Victorian Government is providing $600,000 in 2017/18 for Community Skills Development Grants. The Community Skills Development Grants aim to strengthen environmental volunteer group and network capacity by supporting learning and skills development opportunities, and encouraging knowledge sharing with other groups and networks. Link to the website  and guidelines .

Groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000 (Stream 1) and networks or partnerships of groups and networks can apply for up to $20,000 (Stream 2). The grant application period will close on Thursday 12 October 2017 at 5pm.

  • Workshop on benefits of collaboration and developing partnerships (e.g. advantages of networks)
  • Communication & promotion training (e.g. writing media releases, developing promotional materials)
  • Employment & human resources training (e.g. personnel management, developing annual staff plans etc.)
  • First aid/refresher training
  • Fundraising & writing grant applications workshop (e.g. securing project funds)
  • Governance training
  • GPS/mapping training
  • Leadership & succession planning workshop
  • Monitoring & reporting workshop (e.g. how to create a monitoring plan, how to use citizen science)
  • Training in planning & delivery of community events
  • Project development & planning workshop
  • Workshop on how to recruit new members & volunteers (e.g. engage more young people in Landcare)
  • Strategic planning & action planning workshop (e.g. for group, network, partnership)
  • Social media training (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc.)


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Today is Threatened Species Day

Today is Threatened Species Day so here are a few of photos of those listed for the Victorian Volcanic Plains.


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Volcanoes and Pimeleas

 

A view across the VVP to some volcanoes. Pimeleas are hiding in the grass on the roadside.

Last year Glengower Road in Hepburn Shire, was burnt as part of a CFA training exercise. This roadside is home to Spiny Rice‑flower, Pimelea spinescens subsp. spinescens, listed as critically endangered under the Australian Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). On Sunday it was time to see how the plants were growing after the burn and all the effort by the CFA staff and volunteers. It had been a long un-burnt site.

These are not easy plants to find unless you have a keen eye or they are flowering. The small cream-yellow flowers appear from April to August and last year after the burn only a few were visible and some were just burnt stumps. When you see these small plants it is hard to imagine that they are reportedly so long-lived (30 to 50 years and possibly up to 100 years).

This season they are looking very healthy and are flowering profusely. Their long life is down to their very large tap root which may be up to 1.5m deep and it also gives them the ability to survive fire, if it is not too frequent. Male and female plants are required for reproduction along with the right pollinators.

The spiny rice‑flower occurs in grassland habitats mostly on basalt-derived soils in south-western Victoria and sedimentary soils in north-central Victoria according to the Nationally Threatened Species and Ecological Communities EPBC Act policy statement 3.11 (2009).

 

 


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Friends of Forgotten Woodlands AGM

a bee enjoying a banksia flower

The Friends of Forgotten Woodlands Annual General Meeting will be held at 7.30 – 9.00 pm Monday 4 September 2017  Agenda. The location is the Ballarat Technology Park Central building which is Building T (hatched purple on Campus map -SMB).

Adam Miller will be speaking about Banksia Genetics.

Parking is off Armstrong St South, Ballarat, and the Conference room is located on Level 1 of the building.

RSVP to Aggie, Secretary FoFW by 31 August on 0435 537 443.

The subscription form and deductible gift recipient information are on this link


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Learn about VVP grassland geology, ecology and management

This 3 day course has a great line up of presenters and provides an opportunity to learn about Victorian Volcanic Plains grasslands, grassy wetlands, Aboriginal cultural heritage and geology and soils. Numbers are limited. Registration form GA VVP Grassland Event 2017