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Paul Gibson Roy

Year of Award: 2015 Award State: New South Wales Agriculture > Crops And Irrigation
Environment > Land
Environment > Biodiversity
The Ron Badman Family Churchill Fellowship to investigate techniques for producing species-rich native seed crops for biodiversity restoration - USA
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Recommendations 

To achieve a large-scale increase in the extent and range of Australian ground layer communities it will be critical to: 

  • Fundamentally accept that restoring native grasslands is possible and the time for timidity is long past. 
  • Have governments supporting farm rental-type programs similar to the Conservation Reserve, the Wetland Reserve, the Grassland Reserve and the Monarch Butterfly programs: these have created viable income streams for landholders, provided huge markets for the seed and restoration sectors, and resulted in huge gains in the extent of native vegetation. 
  • Ensure that governments legislate for state-based road and rail agencies to use native species: this will create a huge boost to the seed and installation sectors, create functional vegetation, increase the visual amenity of our road and rail corridors, improve the public’s understanding and acceptance of the native flora, and result in huge gains in the extent of native vegetation. 
  • Foster an increased level of understanding and acceptance of native ground flora by the landscape design and urban planning sectors so that native species are more routinely used within the urban matrix. 
  • Ensure regulators accept that restored ground-layer vegetation is assessable under Offset mitigation programs. 
  • Encourage acceptance in our sector that there is a need for a more realistic approach to the ‘provenance issue’. This will ensure that the seed growing and restoration sectors are viable. 
  • Advocate to the Australian public on the importance of embracing and utilizing their native flora. 
  • Create conditions for more knowledge exchange between the US and Australian seed and restoration sectors. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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