Seed Management for Restoration & Recovery of Forests & Native Environments

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The forum will cover many aspects of seed collection and propagation and will be of interest to landholders, gardeners and agency staff working in post fire regeneration.

Participants are invited to bring along capsules or seed they would like to have identified and discussed.

This forum is organised by Upper Ovens Valley Landcare Group as part of a Communities for Nature Grant. It is a free event and morning tea and lunch will be provided. ***BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL***

“Seed is one important source to consider when planning recovery and restoration projects in our forest and bushland environments. It is from seed where all plant recruitment is sourced, either from natural dissemination, as a direct sowing, or using nursery raised plant-stock.

Poor seed management will most likely result in regeneration failure.

In recent years, State forest management in Victoria has learnt much about good seed management practice, including the importance of understanding the seed biology of species to be regenerated, forecasting flowering and seed-set, collecting seed, storing it, and testing it for quality control.

The increasing frequency of droughts and bushfires over the last decade has projected these issues into stronger focus, with a need to be highly professional as to how we use seed. And given the seed management principals involved are common to all recovery and restoration projects, it is important to share this information and learn from each other.

The wise objective, given current climate and bushfire trends, is to prepare a seed bank in readiness for such events.

 ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Owen Bassett from Forest Solutions will be sharing his experience following the recent Harrietville-Alpine bushfire (2013) and presenting the learning that has emerged for Victorian forest management in State forests and National Parks. All landowners concerned with recovering vegetation will benefit from this one day event.”

Owen is an experienced Silviculture Scientist, and is Forest Solution's Principal Consultant. Under-pinning his career of 26 years is a life-long concern and passionate interest in Australia's native forests.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Forest Science from Melbourne University in 1987, with an ecology major under the tutelage of the late Dr David Ashton, Ecologist. Owen studied key ecological interactions between the Superb Lyrebird and its Mountain Ash forest environment in Central Victoria.  Owen’s recent scientific research has concentrated on forest and native environment restoration following extreme and frequently occurring wildfires in the Alps (especially Harrietville)

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