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. For all FoG activities please supply your emergency contact person's details when registering.

Calendar

Summary of upcoming FOG Events

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

Summary of Notices


Details of FOG Events

Wed 5 May, 7-8pm, The Bellerine Grasslands Interest Group online forum - How has FOG remained vibrant for almost 30 years?

This month FOG will not have its usual online forum. Instead, the Bellerine Grasslands Interest Group, a subgroup of the Bellerine Landcare Group (near Geelong in Victoria) will quiz Geoff Robertson on the topic, How has FOG remained vibrant for almost 30 years?  To register contact geoff.robertson@fog.org.au, and he will pass on your interest to the Group.

Sat 15 May 9.30-11.45am Visit to Yass Gorge

It has been some time since FOG visited Yass Gorge. It is a mix of fascinating landscapes, riverine vegetation and extensive grasslands with a diverse range of grasses, forbs and wildlife.  This is an opportunity to link up with folk around the Yass area. For more information on the Gorge, you may download Welcome to our Yass Gorge. After the visit we propose to visit a local cafe (Trader & Co) for lunch. Register with Kath McGuirk kangiara@gmail.com

Sat 5 June, 6-11pm, FOG table at World Environment Day Dinner.  Inquiries: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

This year FOG will again organise a table at the Conservation Council’s World Environment Day Dinner, titled Reconnect, come together to celebrate World Environment Day Dinner, to be held in the Gandel Atrium at the National Museum of Australia, Saturday 5 June.

The celebrated guest speaker is author and social researcher Dr Rebecca Huntley. Dr Huntley is a witty and engaging speaker whose recent book focussed on how to have those difficult conversations with people around us who are resistant to the message on climate action.

You will enjoy a three-course meal, live music, an opportunity to bid on the (ConCouncil) fundraising auction, and lots of time to reconnect with fellow environmentalists, industry leaders and local politicians. So, gather up your friends, your group, your workplace, and book your tickets now! This is the Council’s major fundraising activity - early bird cost is $115.  (Early bird closes 2 May).  To book a place buy tickets here: purchase ticket, and let Margaret (margaret.ning@fog.org.au) know you wish to be on the Friends of Grasslands/FOG table.

Sat 12 June, all day, or join for individual sites, Visits to FOG’s Canberra grassy on-ground projects. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG has many on-ground projects supporting grassy ecosystems, and the day is devoted to understanding how each contributes to our knowledge and recovery of grassy ecosystems. The day provides an opportunity for visitors to learn about the vision and strategy behind each, its history, trials and errors, discoveries and learning experiences, and its adaptive management plans. At each site there will be a handout and walk to some key areas. The program for the day will be tight and participants can attend some but not necessarily all the sites - also we will take time out to have lunch somewhere.  The program:

  • 9-30-10.45 - Hall Cemetery
  • 11am-12.15pm - Franklin Grassland Reserve
  • 1.30-2.45 pm - Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park
  • 3-4.15pm - Yarramundi Grassland.

Thurs, 17 June, 6.30-8pm, FOG online forum. Topic and presenter to be advertised in early June.

Early warning of FOG future events

Events and dates are indicative and may be subject to change. Details will be advised as more information is available.

FOG general forums & outreach events activities

Sat 14 Aug, 10-11.30am & 1.15-4pm, in Canberra.  Reading a grassland landscape and Learning Aboriginal Lore with Geoffrey Simpson. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

Fri-Sat 10-11 Sept, Friends of Grasslands visit to Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.  Friday seminar: grassy ecosystems management; Saturday: informal site walks with key knowledge holders on Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga campus and a visit to Erin Earth.  Inquiries: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sun 17 Oct: 10am-noon, Bioblitz with young rangers, with EPSDD. Inquiries: maree.gilbert@fog.org.au

Tues 14 Dec, 5-7pm, FOG celebration. Inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG grassy ecosystem forums

We wish to hold these online forums monthly. For suggestions and inquiries: geoff.robertson@fog.org.au

FOG Field trips & visits to properties

Suggestions and inquiries: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Details of FOG work parties

Registration

Participants need to register for these events at least two days before the event, to confirm details of the starting locations or any last-minute changes. Note: work includes weeding, planting and rubbish removal. Herbicides are often used so these events are not suitable for young children. Tools are provided.  You need to wear gardening clothes (including hat) and solid footwear appropriate for the work and the weather, and bring your own drinking water. The work party convener may provide morning tea, making these pleasant social occasions. Events will be cancelled if the weather is unsuitable: a) the forecast is 35 deg C+, b) it is a total fire ban day, c) there is lightning, d) air quality is hazardous, or e) there is heavy rain.

Franklin Grasslands Reserve - Inquiries and registration: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

The Franklin Grasslands Parkcare Group is organised by FOG and ACT Parkcare. Work parties have largely focused on plant identification and removing weeds, and some planting of grasses and forbs is planned. We are working closely with Ranger Martin Bajt. This is a great opportunity for participants in the group to learn about grassland plants and weeds and their management, and more generally how to restore our precious grasslands, including selecting, growing and reintroducing plants.

Work parties are from 9-11am on the first and fourth Wednesday of the month. Upcoming work parties:

Hall Cemetery - Inquiries and registration: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

FOG has held regular work parties at Hall Cemetery since 2009, aiming to remove weeds and restore the native grasses and wild flowers that were once present. Work parties are held from 9-11am. You need to bring your own working tool, and, of course, dress sensibly.

Scottsdale, near Bredbo, monitoring - Inquiries: linda.spinaze@fog.org.au

National Lands Group - Inquiries and registration :  jamie.pittock@fog.org.au 

FOG’s National Lands Group is responsible for work on National Lands (Gurubang Dhaura /Stirling Park, Scrivener’s Hut, State Circle, Blue Gum Point & Yarramundi Grassland) managed by the National Capital Authority and Blue Gum Point managed by ACT Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS). Work parties planned in 2021 are:

Following lakeshore woody weed removal at Blue Gum Point, the plan is to plant around 180 trees, shrubs and ground covers. The plan is to have the holes dug to enable fast planting. This work is supported by an ACT Environment Grant on ACT Urban Parks land.

As at 7 May, we are still waiting on a heritage approval for planting. If the approval is not through by 16 May there is plenty of other work to do, including extensive rubbish removal and clearing woody weeds.

We will meet at the car park on Alexandrina Drive next to the big rusty ‘DNA’ sculpture, east of the intersection with Hopetoun Circuit and west of Mariner Place. The planting work will be several hundred metres north on the lake shore.

Register with Jamie.pittock@fog.org.au or 0407 265 131.

As at 7 May, we're not sure exactly what we’ll do yet but it will be exciting as always!

Details of Notices

WANTED FOG 2021 Grassy Ecosystem Grants Applications

FOG is again offering a small number of grants of up to $1500 each. Any individual or organisation may apply for a grant for a small project or as part of a bigger project that supports FOG Objectives and priorities related to the understanding, conservation and management of native grassy ecosystems. This may be in the form of publications, research, education, on-ground work, advocacy, publicity and/or training.

FOG will publicise those projects funded and provide what in-kind support it can offer if required. Successful recipients will typically be asked to keep FOG informed of progress, to write up their projects for our newsletter, and, if applicable, to nominate and provide other relevant outputs.

Information for applicants and the 2021 application form are available from the Grants information on FOG’s website at  http://www.fog.org.au/supportedprojects.htm. The closing date for applications was Friday 30 April. Applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their applications by early June. For enquiries contact Andrew Zelnik and his FOG Supported Projects team colleagues at supportedprojects@fog.org.au.

Canberra tree week  1- 9 May 2021

You are invited to join the celebrations for Canberra Tree Week 2021. Our city is full of beautiful, unique and exceptional trees and forests that provide many benefits to the community and it is time we recognise them for it. Canberra Tree Week begins on Saturday 1 May 2021 and will come to a close on Sunday 9 May 2021.  To see the calendar of events go to Canberra tree week program.

Donations to FOG

FOG makes small grants to researchers, educators and on-ground projects, known as grassy ecosystem grants, a highly effective way to support grassy ecosystems. It also supports FOG’s TSR project (if you want your donation to go to the TSR project please indicate this when you make your donation).

To support these projects, you can make a tax-deductible donation to FOG Public Fund by:


Please advertise these events 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