Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands Inc. Victorian Volcanic Plains Woodland Ecology Project Australia

The Friends of the Forgotten Woodland Inc. (FoFW) is a volunteer group working to rebuild these woodland communities that were once a keystone in the ecology of the volcanic plains.

Reintroducing these woodland communities will improve environmental biodiversity and allow future generations to
 enjoy these magnificent indigenous species.

Formally commenced in 2016, FoFW is a community group which includes scientists, natural resource managers, farmers and others with an interest in propagating and re- establishing the three key species.

Friends of the Forgotten Woodland invites & welcomes new members as we continue to look for more remnant populations of Banksia, Bursaria and Sheoak as well as secure sites to plant the trees.

The Friends of the Forgotten Woodland also aim to educate the local and broader community about this important project.

You can be part of this exciting and important project that will see the reintroduction of a significant component of the VVP ecosystem that was largely removed during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

FoFw Banksia Forum 2019

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WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Keep your eyes open for remnant Banksia, Bursaria and Sheoak.

Report any old Banksia, Bursaria and Sheoak on your property.

Offer a site for planting.

Visit a site with a ‘Seed Orchard’ to learn more about them.

Join a group to help save the ‘ForgottenWoodland’ species.

Contact FoFW if you can offer any support.

Subscribe & Support FoFW – click here for the pdf form.

This group is for anyone who especially loves Silver Banksia, Drooping Sheoak and Sweet Bursaria – or any other woodland species and focuses restoring  genetically diverse populations and seed orchards of key species that are quickly disappearing from the Victorian Volcanic Plains.

Key contacts for the friends group are Bill Weatherly – President FoFW – on 5577 2551, blythvale@bigpond.com or Aggie Stevenson – Secretary FoFW – on 5571 2526, 0435 537 443  a.stevenson@ghcma.vic.gov.au

FoFW brings together existing interest, enthusiasm and past works to build a project covering all of the VVP. As well as being critical to the local ecology and an important part of our local history, these species have further potential significance.

Banksias have an ability to collect and concentrate phosphorus; Sheoaks fix nitrogen like legumes, but use a different pathway, and Bursaria are potentially useful in slowing and screening fire, as well as being an important nectar source for small native wasps that control pasture pests.

The focus of FoFW has been to propagate from remaining remnants and establish new populations which mix their genetics helping to overcome issues associated with inbreeding and adaptation to changing environments.

Finding as many remnants as possible was a first stage, enabled through conducting community workshops.

With funding from the Glenelg-Hopkins CMA and Corangamite CMA, the genetics of the remnant Banksia stands were analysed by FoFW member Dr Adam Miller of Deakin University (Warrnambool Campus). Fellow FoFW member, Dr Steve Sinclair of Arthur Rylah Institute, has made a thorough analysis of the distribution of past and present populations.

These studies show that our group is acting in the nick of time – the populations are isolated but at present retain sufficient genetic diversity to rebuild healthy and resilient populations across the VVP.

In 2017 FoFW obtained a Victorian Government Biodiversity On-Ground Action Grant to establish at least 30 genetically diverse seed orchards over the next 3 years. These will be located across the VVP from near Melbourne westward almost to Portland.

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Some photos of the weekend planting at Mount Elephant ... the first for the 2019 for the FotFW. Thanks to Mount Elephant Community Management for providing and setting up the site for this Seed Production Area and great organisation over the weekend. Our focus this weekend were the banksias, with almost 400 of the 500 planted and guarded ... including 'climate proofing' provenances from Central and NE Victoria. The Sheoak and Busaria plantings are still to happen ... over the next 12 months. Thanks also of course to the many amazing volunteers over the weekend for working in pretty tough conditions ... and of course to Bill for the complicated job of distributing all the plants from 15 different provenances in a random order for planting in their allotted locations. No mean feat!
For those who would like to help get the job finished this coming Thursday Aug 22nd, we will be at Mt Elephant from 10.00am. Please give me a call on 0418377293 if you want to help out and need more details. Graham.
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Amazing! Looking forward to watching this grow.

Fantastic effort. Well done.

Thankyou everyone of you and your helpers.

Hamish

This is so lovely to see. Thank you every single one of you 🥰

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Such legends!!!

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In the words of Dr Anna Carrucan ....
'it was a sensational day. The speakers were engaging and informative and I really enjoyed the botanical science discussions around restoration and ecology in the face of climate change. It’s so encouraging to see conservation and restoration ecology practice finally embracing the science, and planning for long-term species and ecosystem survival, and not just planting trees the same way as has been done for decades.'
I am sure that all of the 60 plus attendees would agree with Anna's thoughts.
A huge thanks and well done to all of our presenters... and also to Bill and Aggie who did the hard yards of putting the Banksia Forum together.
Finally a thanks also to Cecelia and Hayley for providing the perfect venue at Dunkeld Pastoral which also permitted everyone to inspect one of our banksia Seed Production Areas.
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8 months ago

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What an expert Dr Anna Carrucan!!

Nicely said Dr Anna Carrucan. Also good to see some La Trobe faces there.

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9 months ago

Please help share the event info :) looking forward to a great day at Mt Sturgeon.

Save the date! Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands will be holding a forum to showcase the innovative work they have been doing over the last couple of years, through their Biodiversity On-ground Action community volunteer grants received from the Victorian Government. We will look at the 2 seed production areas for Banksias, Bursarias and Sheoaks that have been planted at Dunkeld and hear from a number of guest speakers
Tuesday 2 April at Dunkeld, more details to follow.
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9 months ago

Save the date! Friends of the Forgotten Woodlands will be holding a forum to showcase the innovative work they have been doing over the last couple of years, through their Biodiversity On-ground Action community volunteer grants received from the Victorian Government. We will look at the 2 seed production areas for Banksias, Bursarias and Sheoaks that have been planted at Dunkeld and hear from a number of guest speakers 
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