Prospects for Conservation in North West NSW: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

15th Aug 2019

GLENRAC are excited to welcome Dunphy Award winning ecologist, Philip Spark, as a guest speaker at this month’s focus event.

Philip is considered as one of the state’s leading environmentalists, with a long history of advocating for the protection of biospheres in the North West NSW region. After working as a farmer for more than 35 years, Philip returned to university in the mid 90’s to train as an ecologist. Since then, he has been an important voice in the fight to protect and conserve forests, woodlands and wildlife refuges under threat from land clearing and mining. His contribution to science was recognised in 2016 when he was invited to become a Research Associate at the Australian Museum.

Philip will be speaking about the challenges facing Australian environments, including the existing and future threats to conservation, land management reforms, problems with environmental planning and the impact of exotic plants and animals on ecosystems.

“I’m trying to make people aware that in terms of flora and fauna conservation, things aren’t so rosy. Even though there are great initiatives happening in small areas, the bigger picture is that things are actually very dire. Everything we do now is constrained by the limits of a changing climate,” Philip says. “The big questions we need to be asking ourselves are, are we achieving conservation? What’s the future of conservation? That’s the crux of it for me.”

Philip will also be speaking about the need for changes in approach to planting for a warming climate, and the important role of rural Australia in expanding the future of native vegetation and conservation for flora and fauna.

“There needs to be a greater focus on planting for conservation in an increasingly extreme climate. This means working with species that have a greater tolerance for extreme heat and dryness. No longer would you plant a grouping of snow gums or black sallys – instead you’d add a mixture of lower elevation species that are adapted to a warmer climate. It’s about modifying what we used to do to fit in with the changes of the future.”

This free event is supported by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the Environmental Trust Tree Planting Project.

Light dinner will be provided on the night.

Prospects for Conservation in North West NSW: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Remembrance Room, Glen Innes District and Services Club, 29th August 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm.

Please RSVP to GLENRAC by phone: 02 6732 3443 email: 68 ChurchSt, GlenInnes.

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