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Ashleigh Coombs - Thursday, April 06, 2017

Help save threatened plant species in SA

Community members are being asked to help Trees For Life care for and monitor five threatened plant species from Goolwa and Monarto.

All but one of the species being targeted only occur in South Australia.

Under the new project - Community Action For Threatened Flora – volunteers will be trained in specific monitoring methods and data collection for the threatened populations.

“We are trialling a new on-line data collection method,” explains Bush For Life Manager Amelia Hurren. “This will make our monitoring more efficient and gives us the chance to use new technologies in the field”.

Bushcare activities to remove competition from weeds will also be part of the project.

The five species being targeted are:

Acacia pinguifolia (Fat-leaf Wattle) – Only two populations known in SA, one near Finniss and the other southern Eyre Peninsula. Classified as ‘extremely restricted’.

Acacia menzelii (Menzel’s Wattle) – Rated nationally vulnerable. Approximately 5600 individual plants known to remain in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

Prostanthera eurybioides (Monarto Mintbush) – Rated endangered under Commonwealth legislation. Only SA populations known are in the Monarto area near Murray Bridge and near Keith.

Olearia pannosa ssp. pannosa (Silver Daisy-Bush) – Listed as nationally vulnerable. Approximately only 1000 individual plants remaining in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

Acacia rhetinocarpa (Resin Wattle) – Listed as nationally vulnerable. Only around 2800 individual plants remaining in the SA Murray-Darling Basin region.

People wanting to find out more about the project are invited to attend Trees For Life’s Introductory bush regeneration workshops in Goolwa on April 26 and Mount Barker on May 4, or participate in an activity at Nurragi Conservation Reserve on May 10-11.

The Community Action for Threatened Flora project is supported by Natural Resources, SA Murray-Darling Basin.

For more information or to register your interest phone (08) 8406 0500 or email bfl@treesforlife.org.au

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