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

Fri-Sun 3 -5 Sept, FOG @ Parkcare Display at Jamison Plaza. Register your interest with geoff.robertson@fog.org.au CANCELLED

Thurs 9 Sept 6.30-8pm, online forum Sustainable water management in south-east Australia - any links to grasslands? with Professor Jamie Pittock.  This is a zoom session - register with geoff.robertson@fog.org.au who will send you an invitation. 

Fri-Sat 10-11 Sept, Friends of Grasslands visit to Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.  Inquiries: margaret.ning@fog.org.au  TO BE RESCHEDULED

Wed 29 Sept 7-8.30pm, Bellarine GIG/FOG online session Hints on identifying grasses with Geoff Robertson.   Register with Michael: mrob3@mac.com

Sat 16 Oct all day, or join for individual sites, Visits to FOG’s Canberra grassy on-ground projects.  Register with andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au

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

Summary of upcoming FOG Work parties

Franklin Grasslands.  Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Wed 22 Sept 9am-noon, Franklin Grasslands Reserve WILL ADVISE THOSE WHO REGISTER CLOSER TO DATE 

Hall Cemetery.  Register: john.fitzgerald@fog.org.au

Sat 2 Oct 9am-noon, Hall Cemetery - general weeding.

National Lands Group.  Register: jamie.pittock@fog.org.au

Sun 19 Sept 9am-noon, (split work party with Yarramundi Reach) WILL ADVISE THOSE WHO REGISTER CLOSER TO DATE 

Sun 17 Oct, 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Top Hut, near Cooma, NSW.  Register: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 25 Sept 9:30am start WILL ADVISE THOSE WHO REGISTER CLOSER TO DATE 

Sat 31 Oct* 9:30am start (date to be confirmed)

Summary of Notices

Thurs 2 Sept 4-5pm, Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender information session (NGO) with Biodiversity Conservation Trust via Zoom

Job Vacancy in Natural Resources Management Sector closes 5 Sept


Details of FOG Events

Thurs 9 Sept 6.30-8pm, online forum Sustainable water management in south-east Australia - any links to grasslands? with Professor Jamie Pittock.

FOG is privileged to have as its president, Jamie Pittock, one of Australia’s leading researchers and policy advisors on Australia’s water policies and their implementation. He regularly appears in the media talking on water policy. In this online forum, Jamie will talk on water management in south-east Australia, the implications of climate change and links to grasslands conservation.  Jamie is an environmental scientist at the Australian National University, a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, and a Member of the World Commission on Protected Areas.

This is a zoom session - register with geoff.robertson@fog.org.au who will send you an invitation. 

Fri-Sat 10-11 Sept, Friends of Grasslands visit to Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga.  The Campus Environment Committee has invited FOG to participate in a Friday seminar: grassy ecosystems management; Saturday: informal site walks with key knowledge holders on Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga campus (including local authority and long-time native plant researcher Assoc. Prof. Geoff Burrows) and a visit to Erin Earth, a sustainable living community garden demonstration project that has a particular emphasis on supporting biodiversity.  Inquiries: margaret.ning@fog.org.au TO BE RESCHEDULED

Wed 29 Sept 7-8.30pm, Bellarine GIG/FOG online session Hints on identifying grasses with Geoff Robertson.  Being able to identify individual plant species is a challenge, but nevertheless important if we are to understand how to manage and restore our natural temperate grasslands. Why? because each species has its own unique habitat, behaviour, chemicals (nutrients and toxins) and way of providing shelter to other species. Grasses, while being flowering plants, are harder to identify as their flowers are less spectacular than most flower families and their numbers are huge. In NSW there are something like 150 genera of grasses and in many genera there are numerous species. Love grasses (Eragrostis) in NSW have something like 30 native and 10 introduced species. The session will focus on some hints that might make the task of identifying grasses a little easier.   This is a combined Bellarine Bellarine Grasslands Interest Group and FOG event. Register with Michael: mrob3@mac.com

Sat 16 Oct all day, or join for individual sites, Visits to FOG’s Canberra grassy on-ground projects.  Register with andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au

In June, we visited four sites from different FOG on-ground sites (a report of the event will appear in our Sept-Oct newsletter). Many participants suggested that it would be good to revisit the same sites to examine them at their best - in flower. So, we have planned to do that.    At each site there will be a reminder of what each site contributes to our knowledge and recovery of grassy ecosystems, and 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. However, there will be a focus on looking at the many plant species in flower and, if we are lucky we may see some fascinating fauna. The program will be tight so participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch.

The program:

9-30-10.45am - Hall Cemetery

11am-12.15pm -Budjan Galindji (Franklin) Grasslands

1.30-2.45 pm - Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

3-4.15pm - Yarramundi Grassland

Note you may join us for all or just selected sites. Register with andrew.zelnik@fog.org.au

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

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-Sun 6-7 Nov, Weekend visit to two members’ properties in the Wyanbene valley south of Braidwood. Both properties have access to the Shoalhaven River and we have visited one of them previously. Limited accommodation will be available for non-campers.  Contact margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 20 Nov, all day visit to Dacelo, south of Braidwood on the Araluen Rd. Dacelo is a 20 acre block that includes forest, woodland, grassland and wetland areas. The soil is dominated by decomposed granite and the annual rainfall is around 700mm.  We shall wander around the property and have lunch there, add to the existing species list, and maybe visit a neighbouring TSR if we have time. Register: margaret.ning@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. Winter work parties are on the first Wednesday 9am to noon.

Wed 22 Sept 9am-noon, Franklin Grasslands Reserve WILL ADVISE THOSE WHO REGISTER CLOSER TO DATE 

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 9am-11am. You need to bring your own working tool, and, of course, dress sensibly.

Sat 2 Oct 9am-noon, Hall Cemetery - general weeding

Sat 6 Nov 9am-noon, Hall Cemetery - general weeding

Scottsdale, near Bredbo, monitoring – Inquiries and registration: linda.spinaze@fog.org.au

Thurs 4 Nov 9am-3.30pm, Scottsdale monitoring.

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:

Sun 19 Sept, 9am-noon, (split work party with Yarramundi Reach) WILL ADVISE THOSE WHO REGISTER CLOSER TO DATE 

Sun 17 Oct 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Sun 21 Nov 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Sun 19 Dec 9am-noon, Gurubang Dhaura (Stirling) Park

Top Hut TSR, near Cooma, NSW. FOG leases this TSR and manages it for its conservation values. It is possibly the most spectacular grassland on the Monaro and with a spectacular display of flowers, particularly in spring and has a population of the Monaro grassland earless dragon. For inquiries or to register contact: margaret.ning@fog.org.au

Sat 25 Sept 9:30am start, main activity will be weeding WILL ADVISE THOSE WHO REGISTER CLOSER TO DATE 

Sat 30 Oct 9:30am start, main activity will be fencing (date to be confirmed)

Details of Notices

Thurs 2 Sept 4-5pm, Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender information session (NGO) with Biodiversity Conservation Trust.  This is a Zoom session.

The South East Biodiversity Conservation Trust will be providing a briefing on their upcoming conservation tender, specifically targeting landholders with the state-listed snow gum woodland community, Monaro Cool Temperate Grassy Woodland, and federally listed Natural Temperate Grasslands. The tender will be delivered across the Snowy Monaro Regional Council area. The session will run for about an hour and will provide an opportunity for questions on this tender and other programs being delivered by the BCT.   For further information before choosing to attend contact: Donna Hazell, BCT  6229 7051 or  0438 425 558.  Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83948110803

Job Vacancy in Natural Resources Management Sector closes 5 Sept

Read the information in the links below for further information and point of contact for any questions you may have.  This is a great opportunity to get some experience in a community based organisation

https://www.ethicaljobs.com.au/members/sactcg/project-officer-1   OR   https://nrmjobs.com.au/jobs/2021/20009235/project-officer?back=1


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