Calendar

The Current Calendar (below) includes FoG and related activities. To be kept fully up to date with FoG activities, become a member, get the newsletter and if you have email access you'll also get the FoG E-bulletin with all the latest news and information. If you have queries about any of the activities below, contact the person nominated, or Contact Us.

FoG visits many private or public properties during the year to assist in plant identification and management issues. These visits usually do not appear in the FoG program because we may not know what to expect at such sites and because they are usually arranged at short notice. If you are interested in participating in property visits, Contact Us.

Please advertise this information amongst your friends and networks and support our activities.

Non FoG members are welcome to participate in FoG events.

For any FoG activity you should register with the indicated contact, who can assist with directions and possibly car pooling. By registering you assist us to organise any catering and provide you with any other information that you may need, including late changes.

Calendar

Sunday 27 August, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m: Stirling Park Workparty

The June and July winter break has drawn to a close and we should be ready to address ourselves with renewed enthusiasm to the August work party on Sunday 27 August from 9a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Because of uncertainty about numbers and maybe weather, it would seem a smart idea to stick to our traditional knitting i.e. to continue cutting and daubing in that broad hillside area from Lotus Bay up to Forster Crescent. There will be a chain saw in operation and we also need to straighten up quite a few tree guards and there is always rubbish to collect.

Home base will be at the usual car parking area on the inland side of Alexandrina Drive opposite Lotus Bay (near the eastern intersection of Alexandrina Drive and Mariner Place). Look for the Friends of Grasslands sandwich board sign on the roadside. There is plenty of room to park.

Please wear really old gardening clothes, solid footwear, bring sun protection, eye protection, a hat and drinking water. Expect a quality morning tea.

Please advise peter.mcghie@fog.org.au if you intend to come so that we can plan catering and have the correct the number of tools.

Weekend 23–24 September: 'Showcasing weeding  tools, methods and ideas'

10 am Saturday  till after lunch Sunday, at Mt Oak, near Bredbo NSW.

We have a great opportunity to thoroughly investigate weed-control methods in grassland at a 1–2 day visit to Mt Oak, near Bredbo in mid–late September. Our hostess will be Gidja Walker who has huge experience in weed control; see www.mtoak.net and www.gidjawalker.com.au.

This is a weed-focused activity: talking about, demonstrating and trialling implements and ideas for eradication (see pic below). Gidja is full of ideas and methods.

This FOG activity is limited to 15 people (members of FOG or Mt Oak have priority). We shall arrive around 10 am on Saturday 23 September, stay overnight in a camping situation (some non-camping may be available locally), and leave on the Sunday 24 September after lunch. Water and toilets are available for campers. 4WD vehicles would be helpful, as would carpooling.

Contact margaret.ning@fog.org.au for more details and to register.

14 October, 9.30 am (sharp) – 12 noon or later: 46th Black Mountain spring wildflower ramble

At Belconnen Way entry just before Caswell Drive turnoff (look for balloons)

16–19 October: 19th NSW Weeds conference, Armidale NSW.

For details, see http://conferencecompany.com.au/weedsconference/.

25–27 October: 2017 NSW Landcare and Local Land Services conference, Albury NSW.

For details, see http://nswlandcareconference.com.au/.

Stirling Park workparties in 2017: 27 August (see above), 29 October, 26 November.

Yarramundi Grassland workparties in 2017: 24 September, 26 November.

Annual wildflower walk at Stirling Park: 12 November 2017.

Other Things

Friends of Great Southern Forest (SE NSW) are seeking support and endorsement for their proposal and recommendations about the management and logging of public native forests. See their website, http://www.greatsouthernforest.org.au/, which includes a useful summary accessible via the ‘BRIEF’ option in the menu line atop their front page.

Help the Conservation Council

Can you help the Conservation Council by donating? They have lost their federal funding, as of May 2014, which provided 20% of their budget. To donate, the Conservation Council asks you to phone them on 02 6229 3200 with your credit card details, or visit www.conservationcouncil.org.au/support-us/donate//.

Fireweed

An ALERT… Fireweed is now at large across the ACT, as well as in much of eastern NSW. ACT Government media release, on 24/07/2014: Canberrans are again urged to report infestations of the pest plant Madagascan Fireweed (Senecio madagascariensis) after it was discovered growing in the ACT suburb of Coombs. "Fireweed was discovered on Monday at several locations around a pond in Coombs," Stephen Hughes, Biosecurity Manager, Territory and Municipal Services said. "Unlike the Fireweed infestations found last week on public and private land in Forde, Franklin, Chisholm, Casey, Lyneham and Crace, the recent incursion in Coombs is not associated with imported couch turf. We would like to stress to residents to look beyond areas with couch turf for Fireweed infestations.” It is important that we control Fireweed in ACT, and also in NSW where possible. It is a Class 3 Noxious Weed (must be fully and continuously suppressed and destroyed) widely across SE NSW too. Make sure you know it when you see it! The website at http://weeds.dpi.nsw.gov.au/Weeds/Details/533 has good photos and more details. Fireweed has daisy-like bright yellow flowers that usually have 13 petals (or 20 green bracts on unopened flowers). Plants can produce thousands of viable seeds, which are fluffy and wind-borne. To pull Fireweed out by hand, first enclose/cover the plant with a strong plastic bag to prevent mature seeds bursting out and flying away. Wear gloves to avoid skin irritation. Double-bag the weed and dispose of the bag with your regular rubbish (NOT in the recycled or green waste). Do NOT spray it with glyphosate. Please note the exact location and report the plant and its condition as soon as you can by email to fireweed@act.gov.au. Include a photo of the plant for confirmation, and report what you have done (pulled it out/left it there, etc).

Please advertise this information among your friends and networks. Non FoG members are welcome to FoG events. For inquiries or if you have an item to include, please Contact Us