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.

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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 30 April. 9 am – 12.30 pm: Stirling Park workparty

At the end of the month, the Stirling Park workparty day returns to Sunday as normal. More details about this workparty will be in the FOG newsletter in late April.

Wednesday 3 May 9.00–4.00: ‘Protecting the environment on Commonwealth land’: EIANZ forum

This full-day forum will include talks representing FOG’s work on National Lands. First, Associate Professor Jamie Pittock is speaking on: ‘Conservation of threatened species and grassy ecological communities on Commonwealth land’ (1.20 pm), and then Peter Beutel (National Capital Authority) is speaking on: ‘Good management of national lands with limited resources’ at 1.40 pm. The forum is at University House, ANU, ACT, and there is an entry fee. For the full program and to book, see https://www.eianz.org/events/event/protecting-the-environment-on-commonwealth-land.

Saturday 6 May, 2 – 3.30 pm: ACT Tree Week: FOG walk among the ‘Gum Trees’

Dr Sue McIntyre, well known expert in grassy woodland ecology, will lead a public walk at Hall to show the group, and discuss, the various native tree species there, and their interaction with the grassy groundcover. FOG has organised this walk in support of ACT Tree Week.

Please register with Margaret.ning@fog.org.au, who will send more details of meeting place, etc.

Sunday 7 May, 9.30 – 11.30 am: Heritage Week walk at Yarramundi Grassland and environs

The National Trust ACT has arranged four morning walks near Lake Burley Griffin for Heritage Week: 23 April, 29 April and 30 April, and 7 May. See http://newactonsouth.com.au/docs-public/LBG%20walks%20NT%20flyer.pdf.

FOG is involved in Walk 4: Yarramundi Shores, a forgotten corner of the Lake. Off the beaten track. Venture where few Canberrans have trodden to explore the heritage values of Yarramundi Inlet wetlands and grassland, Green Hills, arboreta, cork oaks. Discover more about possible futures for the Lake's shores in this special area. A 4 km circular walk with some bush tracks and long grass. Wear waterproof shoes if wet. Meet at the car park on the lake side of Lady Denman Drive opposite main entrance to National Arboretum. PLEASE NOTE: You should be capable of walking at least 3 km per hour to enjoy these walks and keep up with the group. Please try to arrive about 10 minutes before the walks commence. Bring a gold coin donation. Bookings are not required.

Saturday 3 June, evening: FOG table at World Environment Day dinner

The Conservation Council's big fundraising event of the year is their World Environment Day dinner to be held on Saturday 3 June at the National Arboretum Canberra. Book early for the early bird saving of $36 off full price! You then have more money for raffles and auctions – it is a fund raiser, after all! Early bird tickets are $99 before 28 April, and $135 after then (10 persons per table). FOG has booked a table for the evening, and welcomes all comers to join us on it. Please contact Margaret Ning (margaret.ning@fog.org.au) if interested. It is another great opportunity to catch up with FOG friends, and in rather salubrious surroundings. Once again Janet Jeffs of Ginger Catering will cook up a treat using local, seasonal produce. There will be a three course meal plus champagne and canapes to start and your ticket includes wine. http://conservationcouncil.org.au/civicrm/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=81.

Stirling Park workparties in 201717: 30 April, 28 May, 27 August, 29 October, 26 November.

Yarramundi Grassland workparties in 201777: 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 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).

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