Aboriginal rangers visit Fremantle for training in native plant seed collection, storage and propagation
Conserving species and creating a seed bank
Aboriginal rangers are in Fremantle this week to learn about starting a bank of seeds from Kimberley plants.
Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston, who met the women at the Kings Park botanic gardens, said the project would focus on the collection, storage and propagation of native seeds and then sale to the nursery industry and for revegetation.
The Nyul Nyul and Bardi Jawi Oorany rangers, along with staff from conservation organisation Environs Kimberley, are working on four goals:
- creating a seed bank for the processing, storage and testing of seed
- providing training and support for seed collecting and storage activities by rangers and community groups
- establishing a group that allows rangers to sell seed and material to major revegetation projects, nurseries and florists
- providing a better representation of Kimberley rare and threatened flora in national and international botanical gardens and conservation seed banks.
The training is funded by the Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation and WWF-Australia and is part of the new Kimberley Seedbank Cooperative hosted by Environs Kimberley. The project is funded by a State Government natural resource management community action grant and the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.
The rangers, who are supported by the Kimberley Land Council as part of the Kimberley Ranger Network, will put their new skills into use at two plant nurseries, including the Bardi Jawi Ranger nursery.
Seeds are being collected from Monsoon vine thickets on the Dampier Peninsula
The rangers are training with Apace WA which runs a native plant nursery and provides environmental services such as regeneration work and weed eradication
This project received $65,000 in the 2014-15 grants which support local not-for-profit groups and networks for community-based projects
More than 500 projects have been supported with more than $70 million of grants since the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program started in 2009 to support community-based, not-for-profit NRM groups to achieve on-ground outcomes
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