[PCA] WEBINAR: An overview and discussion of findings from the 2020 Australian Native Seed Sector Report; Thu, Jul 2, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Prescott, Leah J lprescott at blm.gov
Tue Jun 9 09:23:07 CDT 2020

An overview and discussion of findings from the 2020 Australian Native Seed Sector Report

Webinar date/time: Thu, Jul 2, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM EDT

Duration: 1 hour

What will you learn?

High quality seed from a range of native species is the foundation for restoring Australia’s many fragmented and degraded native landscapes (even more so in the light of catastrophic bushfires of the summer 2019/20). Yet, for many years, there have been concerns raised within the native seed sector about the need for a transition from one that is essentially a disparate, poorly supported or capitalised cottage-industry to a forward-focused, structurally sound and cohesive restoration-supporting industry. In the past there have been many more unknowns than knowns about the native seed sector and providing solutions to its many challenges has been hampered by a lack of baseline data. For this reason, a survey on the status of the Australian native seed sector was instigated by the Australian Network for Plant Conservation. This was conducted between October 2016 and April 2017 with parties from all states and territories contributing (including seed collectors, growers/sellers/suppliers, purchasers/distributors, researchers). The survey aimed to generate data on a range of seed-related subjects including seed collection and handling practices, seed end-use and seed business structure and models. The survey also tested common perceptions on a range of sector-related topics to gauge opinions and gather feedback from sector participants. The survey, and subsequent Australian Native Seed Survey Report (launched in March 2020), provide an important snapshot of the status of the Australian native seed sector and further knowledge on its structure and its capacity to meet current and future seed demand for ecological restoration.

Speaker: Dr Paul Gibson-Roy is a restoration ecologist specialized in re-establishing species-rich native grasslands and grassy woodlands. In 2017 he co-developed the Australasian Network for Plant Conservation-led Native Seed Sector Survey which aimed to gather critical information and feedback from restorationists nationally, and In 2019 he joined Kalbar Resources.

Pre-registration required: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5907338832806631181

Webinar presented by Society for Ecological Restoration

Leah Prescott
Seeds of Success
National Collection Curator (Contractor)

Seeds of Success<https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/native-plant-communities/native-plant-and-seed-material-development/collection>
National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration<https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/native-plant-communities/national-seed-strategy>
Plant Conservation Alliance<http://www.plantconservationalliance.org/>
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