A key aim of the Society (ANPS Canberra Region) is the conservation of Australian plants and their habitats.
Our Conservation sub-committee is in recess at present (February, 2013), yet various conservation work is carried out by both individual ANPS members and the Society. We are committed to in-depth involvement in local, practical and larger-scale conservation projects. If you can form a conservation sub-committee, please contact the Council.
ANPS is a member of the Conservation Council ACT Region (CC), “the leading voice protecting your local environment”. The CC has a Biodiversity Working Group which meets monthly to discuss conservation issues and threats to natural areas. Volunteer experts are involved in monitoring and research, advocacy and writing submissions. Public and the CC staff hold regular meetings with ACT Government agencies.
ANPS has strong ties with the Australian National Botanic Gardens including links to the Gardens’ conservation programs.
ANPS monthly meetings provide many presentations with conservation messages.
Wednesday Walks visit most of the key native plant sites in nature reserves, Canberra Nature Park, private properties, National Parks and public land. The WW reports on their visits are available on this website, usually with detailed plant lists and photos.
Many ANPS members have long-term commitments as Landcarers, Parkcarers and stewards of properties with conservation covenants, agreements and status.
ANPS promotes the use of local-provenance seeds and cutting material in revegetation projects on public and private land.
The ANPS propagation group and members propagate and make available a wide range of local species at the society spring and autumn plant sales at the ANBG.
ANPS promotes science- and experience-based revegetation where ‘reading the landscape’ and making corresponding management decisions guide land-caring and conservation activities.
Many ANPS members are also members of groups such as Friends of Grasslands, Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park, ACT Catchment Groups (Molonglo, Southern ACT, Ginninderra), the Field Naturalists Association of Canberra, Greening Australia, National Parks Association ACT, Canberra Ornithologists’ Group and ACT Herpetologists’ Association. These groups generate and promote the whole-of-landscape and natural history perspectives essential for the successful conservation of species and ecosystems.
Plant Communities in the region:
The Canberra region is part of the upper Murrumbidgee catchment area and includes a great many plant communities.
The Society contributed to Are Your Garden Plants Going Bush? An illustrated listing of environmental weeds in the region.