Last Friday, 80 people gathered in the Ruffy Hall to share the knowledge of a talented line-up of speakers, each of whom spoke about a particular aspect of the springsoaks and peatlands (groundwater dominated communities) that are such a special ecological part of the Strathbogie Ranges. The day was hosted by the Goulburn Broken CMA and was the culmination of a larger program of research and management activities conducted in recent years. The presentations included:

  • The floristic values of wetlands in the Highlands and Strathbogie Ranges by Arn Tolsma & Fiona Coates (Arthur Rylah Inst, DSE).
  • The hydrology of wetlands in the Strathbogie Ranges by Mike Stewardson (Dept of Civil Environmental Engineering, Melb. Univ).
  • Palynology of cores from a Strathbogie Spring-soak by Ian Thomas (Dept of Resource Management & Geography, Melb. Univ).
  • What are Conservation Management Networks and how do they work? by Janice Mentiplay-Smith (GBCMA, Broken Boosey CMN).
  • Seasonal surveys for the Growling Grass Frog, a threatened species in Victoria by Rohan Marshall (DSE, Benalla).