For Natve Plants Queensland members and friends interested in conservation, how can we as passionate native plant enthusiasts make a difference and play a part in the future of our native plants?
What are some appropriate strategies?
Firstly you need to ensure that you get the Qld Region Native Plants Queensland Conservation Officer involved and informed of the issue. There may be some assistance we can provide from a Qld Region base, and some information or contacts that will save time.
And from there, here are some ideas.
This is where we can voice an educated and informed opinion on issues that concern our native plants and their habitats.
- Seek out relevant information on the issue from as many sources as possible, including local experts, the Qld Herbarium, Nat Pks and Wildlife Service, Native Plants Qld (SGAP), so that you have the facts,
- Write to various newspapers and other similar media,
- Write to relevant politicians – local, state and/or federal,
- Talk to the visual media (TV, web cams, etc) and radio which will highlight the issue,
- Contact journalists who might have an interest in environmental issues,
- Have a public display of relevant material,
- Attend a community forum to talk about the issues from the native plants’ and habitat perspective,
- Talk to local school groups which might be studying the relevant issue,
- And make sure you contact the Conservation Officer from NPQ to alert him/her to the issue.
This is where we get our hands dirty!
We can –
- Develop a relationship with a local Land Care or Catchment group,
- Implement a propagation project to grow locally threatened or significant plant species and plant them in an appropriate revegetation site, or provide them to a group who can use them for a similar project,
- Organise a meeting with relevant landowners to discuss the issues. Ensure that this is non-confrontational and just about alerting them to the rare plants or the specific issue. It should also be done after consultation with the local council, or any Land Care group or similar community group in the area, and after careful consideration of any other relevant information.
- Contribute a regular article in the local newspaper about the interesting and/or significant local native plants.
- Get to know your local councillors and state members and keep them informed.