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July 2013

Dob a weed tree today

The SOWN committee is calling on members to report the locations of major weed trees in the Enoggera Creek catchment. SOWN is bidding for a BCC Community Conservation Assistance Grant to remove big weed trees and clumps of bamboo.

Members are our eyes and ears along the creek and we need your help to map the locations of the worst weed trees. We particularly want to know about trees that are successfully propagating in the surrounding areas. So don't delay, dob a weed tree today.

Large Camphor laurel and Celtis sinensis
Large Camphor laurel and Celtis sinensis (Chinese Elm)

Where are our worst woody weeds? - There are plenty of weed trees out there but we need your help to find them. This is an opportunity to get rid of big weed trees and clumps of bamboo from BCC land. Whether on or near your site, on a previously-maintained SOWN site or anywhere else along the creek, we want to know.
Weeds To Woodcraft - The inaugural SOWN Timber Expo 'Weeds to Woodcaft' was held on Sunday 9 June at Yoorala Street Parklands. After a night of rain, the drizzle stopped just as the last marquee went up. Soon the sausages were sizzling, the music playing and a few hundred locals and visitors flowed in to join the fun, smell the camphor and watch Rob Whyte launch his new book.
Get your copy of The Creek in Our Backyard - The new revised and expanded edition of The Creek in Our Backyard: a practical guide for habitat restoration by Robert Whyte was launched on 9 June as part of SOWN's 'Weed Timber Expo'.

Greening Australia training

Greening Australia is offering training opportunities from July to September and courses are available to SOWN members.

The courses will be covering topics including:

  • Introduction to Plant Identification
  • Intermediate Plant Identification
  • Reptile Identification Workshop
  • Fauna Forensics Workshop - Wildlife Identification
  • Weed Identification
  • Grass Identification

Details on the courses are available on the Greening Australia website at: http://www.greeningaustralia.org.au/uploads/Our%20Services%20-%20Toolkit%20pdfs/QLD_GA_Training_calendar_june_to_sept.pdf