Janet heard of this tremendous effort to save plant species on the radio last week . She thought ‘ Jim loves plants and seeds and stuff and he can run long distances.” Maybe we could raise the profile of Strathbogie Ranges endangered  plant species by approaching Chris and Len to sponsor a local plant .The Euroa Guinea Flower .So she tracked them on their blogsite map GPS readings  and on Tuesday afternoon as the runners approached Euroa  , she and Jim welcomed them to the Goulburn Broken Catchment and gave them a bit of encouragement. Jim ran with Chris giving injured Len a break  while Janet took the support team on a short tour of the Euroa Arboretum .
 
Follow their progress on http://sydney2melbourne.blogspot.com 
Better still , make a donation  on this site http://www.everydayhero.com.au/christopher_turnbull
 
 Press Release from Royal Botanic Gardens
An endangered wetland plant will be the second species to be protected from extinction by the 900 kilometre run of Chris Turnbull and Len Gervay from Sydney to Melbourne to ‘Save a Species’.
Chris Turnbull said, “There are currently 608 plants on the threatened species list of New South Wales. That’s more than ten percent of the State’s flora.
“Our Save a Species run has already received enough donations for the NSW Seedbank to collect and preserve seeds of the critically endangered Wee Jasper Grevillea.
“As we approach the halfway point of our journey we are within $100 of the funds needed to also protect Carex klaphakei, a swamp grass found in the Southern Highlands, an area we have just run through, and in the Blue Mountains.
NSW Seedbank Natural Heritage Manager Peter Cuneo said, “Carex klaphakei is only known from three locations and has become endangered through runoff from urban sites, grazing and trampling by stock, and sand mining.
“Wetlands are the biological keystones of the landscape. Their sedge grasses, such as the Carex klaphakei, help filter and retain the water that is essential for life, stabilise the soil and provide habitat for reptiles, birds and insects.”
Len Gervay said, “Chris and I are civil engineers so we look at wetlands as basic infrastructure for the planet’s biodiversity. Swamp grasses aren’t glamorous but nor are railway ties or road base and you don’t build railtracks or roads without them. The swamp grasses play a similar critical role in the infrastructure of our natural systems.”
The two runners admit to bouts of extreme exhaustion but mental and physical support has come in many forms. Andrew Bowman, a farrier (horse shoer) and TAFE teacher of Corroyong, Victoria, leapt from his car and handed the keys to the support crew before joining the runners on foot for the next 40 kilometres of the day.
Mr Bowman said, “Watching is no substitute. I wanted to be out there with them. What they are doing is absolutely fantastic. Their journey on foot between the two premier cities of Australia to save our species takes the notion of pilgrimage to another level.”
Every $2000 raised by the Sydney to Melbourne run covers the cost of the NSW Seedbank collecting and preserving seeds of one native plant species.
In Australia there are 25,000 species of plants and at least 23 per cent are at risk of extinction. The NSW Seedbank at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan, is targeting plants most at risk from climate change and human activities to ensure blueprints contained in plant DNA aren’t lost forever.
The Carex Klaphakei was discovered less than 20 years ago by amateur naturalist Van Klaphake and described in 1996 by Dr Karen Wilson of the National Herbarium of NSW, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

Jim and Janet meet the runners in Euroa . Len is injured so Jim volunteers to run with Chris to Longwood.
Behind all good runners are their support team . Chris’ mum, Pauline has stuck with them for the whole trip.
Jim kept Chris company on the run between Euroa and Longwood. Explaining the landscape and local endangered species as he shared part of their adventure..