Thursday, 8th June, 7.30 pm**

ANBG Theatrette, Clunies Ross St, Black Mountain.

** note ANBG access times below.

Meeting Talk:

Historical ‘Truths’ and Ecological Realities: the Politicisation of Pre-European Landscapes in SE Australia.

Guest Speaker: Michael Doherty

In Australia in recent decades there has been an emergence of narratives arguing that post-colonisation vegetation is somehow now profoundly different to that found at the time of colonisation.

In this talk Michael will critique some of the more extreme assertions arising from these narratives that fly in the face of our ecological understanding of the evolution and functioning of Australian ecosystems, especially in relation to vegetation patterns and the role of fire, both pre and post colonisation. Michael will argue that the basis of these emerging narratives is politically motivated rather than motivated by a desire to truly understand Australian ecosystems. Importantly, he  will stress how we need to differentiate between the use of fire within landscapes to manage them, versus the supposed use of fire to create those landscapes.

" I will use examples from south eastern Australia to illustrate my argument."

Michael Doherty is a plant ecologist with the Fenner School for Environment and Society, Australian National University, Canberra. He has over 30 years’ experience in vegetation management in south-eastern Australia,particularly in relation to disturbance regimes.

Michael’s research passion is in understanding the dynamics and management of temperate ecosystems and the management of changing fire regimes and vegetation structure.

 ** Please note - our gate minder will open the ANBG gates at 6.50pm and close them at 7.35pm so (s)he can attend the meeting.

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Australian Plants for Canberra Region Gardens and other Cool Climate Area

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 The biennial conference of our national body, the Australian Native Plants Society (Australia), will be held in Hobart from 15-19 January 2018.

Here's the preliminary program

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