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The content of the previous issues

EcoRamblings, Issue 1 (November 2006)

> EcoRamblings - A New Industry Newsletter
> Heat Stress in Outdoor Workers
> Site stratification, an essential component of
a flora survey
> Websearch: A new revolution! Open Access Journals
> Websearch: Pimelea spinescens (Spiny Rice-flower)
> Have you unwittingly breached copyright?
> An easy and reliable method for estimating tree heights
> The demise of ephemeral wetlands of the basalt plains
> Prepurchase Ecological Assessments - don’t buy a problem!
> Q&A: What is the best way to determine if a parcel of
land requires a survey for significant vegetation?
> Q&A: How can land managers keep up with all the changes
in legislation in relation to weeds, biodiversity and

EcoRamblings, Issue 2 (February 2007)
> Intellectual property - a brief introduction
> Legislation related to flora in Victoria
> The Framework: A Review - Part 1
The Net Gain Calculator - the final piece to the puzzle
> The Framework: A Review - Part 1
New version of the ‘Guide for Assessment of Referred
Planning Permit Applications’
> Q&A: How is the Habitat Hectare method for assessment of
vegetation been accepted or utilised in the industry?
> Q&A: How is the Native Vegetation Management Framework
been accepted in the industry?
> Q&A: An LGA Officer asked “How do we know offset site is
being managed?”
> Q&A: An LGA Officer asked “What happens after 10 years to
land being managed as an offset?”
> Q&A: A land manager asked “To rehabilitate a degraded
site to it’s floristic potential, is it better to manually
reinstate the site with a mixture of native grass seeds, or
should we just allow nature to take it’s course?”
> Q&A: An LGA Officer asked “Is it really possible to
revegetate an area back to healthy and functional pristine
bushland? What kind of time frame is needed? We talk so much
about offsetting the loss of bushland with replanting.
Are we really just wasting time and creating areas which
will never be self sustaining and turn into weed scapes
or monocultures?”

EcoRamblings, Issue 3 (May 2007)
> Mis-representation of cost - An illegal practice.
> Dangers to outside workers - Lightning.
> Power, control and product branding.
> Q&A: “Should the ground watertable be lowered by up to
3 metres under salt marsh vegetation? I presume the salt
marsh would deteriorate in time without any remedial action,
if so, when would the likely deterioration effects on the
salt marsh be evident and would you recommend an adaptive
management plan be implemented to combat this deterioration?”
> Q&A: “What impact are the many blue gum plantations in
Western Victoria having on groundwater levels for farmers
who now have plantations next door to them? They want to
know why spring fed creeks, which run out of the blue gums,
have gone dry for the first time in history.”
> Q&A: “What sort of changes might we expect to see in our
local grassland communities as a result of climate change
and as land managers what should be our response?”
> Don’t ask for financial advice, you won’t get it!
> Common terms used in conservation.

EcoRamblings, Issue 4 (August 2007)
> Problems with DSE’s Net Gain Calculator.
> *Oxalis compressa (Winged Wood-sorrel).
> *Ornithogalum longibracteatum (Pregnant Onion).
> The need for mandatory reporting by consultants.
> Websearch - Websites providing distributional, taxonomic,
illustrative and photographic material on plants and animals
occurring in Southeast Australia.
> The response of temperate grasslands to grazing
> The Framework: A Review - Part 2. Minimum experience and
qualifications of ecological consultants in relation to
conducting botanical surveys.


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Simon Cropper
Botanicus Australia Pty Ltd
PO Box 160, Sunshine, VIC 3020
P: 9311 5822. F: 9311 5833.

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