The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust: Opportunities and Challenges, 22 November, ANBG

The Woodlands and Wetlands Trust: Opportunities and Challenges

 DATE:                    Saturday 22 November 2014

PRESENTERS:    Jason Cummings, General Manager, Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, and Dr. Kate Grarock, Sanctuary Ecologist, Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

This presentation will be followed by a networking afternoon tea and WABA’s Annual General Meeting for 2014.

VENUE:                 Australian National Botanic Gardens Theatrette (behind the Visitors’ Centre)

TIME:                     1.00 - 3.00pm

The Mulligan’s Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetland Reserves protect one of the most diverse avifauna habitats, and the region’s largest protected area of Yellow Box – Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland, listed nationally as a critically endangered ecological community.

Presenters Jason Cummings and Dr Kate Grarock will tell the story of this amazing environmental project, including the important reintroduction of the bettong and most recently the Bush Stone-Curlew. They will also explore opportunities and challenges associated with these environments, and will introduce some of the flora and fauna associated with these reserves. Artists can play a role in promoting advocacy and awareness of these areas – and we will be exploring opportunities for WABA to assist with this work during this presentation. 

[ Photo: Courtesy of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust website, http://bettongs.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/boxgummosaic.jpg ]

Box Gum Grassy Woodlands are central to Australian identity, history, and culture. For thousands of years indigenous people have managed woodland landscapes, for cultural,

social and spiritual outcomes. Today the urban environment and changing land use in the region pose new opportunities and also new challenges.

The Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust was established to ensure the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve are sustainably managed to provide rich and diverse environments for current and future generations.

The Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve together protect over 600 hectares of the Australian Capital Territory’s most significant landscapes. These reserves showcase the importance of environmental assets in our communities.

Background

WABA - established in 1998 - is a friendly network of professional and emerging wildlife and botanical artists, based in Canberra, Australia. Our membership includes artists from across Australia and overseas. As a non-profit community arts group, WABA actively promotes and advocates for collaboration between artists, scientists and environmentalists.

WABA’s focus is on flora and fauna as a source of inspiration for art. We acknowledge and encourage diversity in style, subject matter, and interpretation. The group seeks to build bridges between art and science, feeling that properly valuing our natural environment is key to the growth and sustainability of our society, and that both art and science must play a part in engaging the broader community. Through promotion of the group and its philosophies and activities, WABA hopes to advance an appreciation of our natural heritage within the community.

WABA’s next exhibition is coming up with the official opening at 6.00pm on Monday 24 November 2014 at the Hellenic Club, Woden. This year’s exhibition will be raising funds for the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust.

Media Enquiries to:

Julia Landford (President) on (02) 6166 7002 or email ajlandford@gmail.com