IFFA believes that the conservation of plants, animals and their communities must be based on a sound knowledge of their biology, ecology, status and management requirements. To achieve this, we endorse a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together expertise from a wide range of professions.
A broad approach is necessary to maximise the ecological, social and economic benefits of natural resource management. In particular, we urge people to become involved in the important emerging disciplines of conservation and restoration biology, habitat reconstruction and revegetation. This can be done at any level: from interested amateurs to research professionals.
To encourage wide participation, IFFA researches, collects and disseminates information concerning conservation matters to relevant agencies, groups and individuals. IFFA publishes a newsletter INDIGENOTES, 4 times a year, and promotes conferences, workshops and excursions. We also participate in debate on environmental issues and in the formation of conservation policies at the local, state and national levels.
Topics of discussion at monthly meetings include preserving and managing indigenous flora and fauna, and informative field trips and working days.
The resources of IFFA are available to both the public and private sectors of the community to help establish appropriate conservation and management strategies.
INDIGENOTES is a 12 or 16 page newsletter published 4 times a year. It contains articles, snippets, coming events and information about other groups. Articles range from discussions of provenance for plants, book reviews, conservation of critical habitats and urban conservation to control hints for weeds or feral animals.
INDIGENOTES is supplied as part of membership, or copies can be purchased for $1.50 from the Burnley Bookshop, VCAH Burnley.
The Editor is Tony Faithfull
C/o Indigenous Flora & Fauna Association Inc.
PO Box 2327
Phone (03) 9386 0264 (ah)
Click here for the September 2004 issue.
Advances in Nature Conservation is a very occasional journal which features articles on habitat restoration, the history of ecosystems, dangers facing habitat and practical and theoretical research. Two editions are currently being prepared, and we will let you know when their release is imminent (to save ourselves any continuing embarassment).
The Great Plains Crashin October 1993. Proceeding are currently being edited and will be published during 1996. Copies will be provided to those who attended the conference and subscribers of Advances in Nature Conservation. Copies will be available to the public at a yet to be determined price.
Fore more information contact Roger Jones.
To publicise working bees, special meetings, talks or conferences, please contact
Marcus Bechley (email). Phone (03) 9490 1434
Note: links to country nurseries are not available. WATCH THIS SPACE.
The Victorian landscape has undergone massive changes in the past 150 years. As a consequence of environmental degredation and destruction of indigenous flora and fauna:
The retention and restoration of indigenous flora and fauna:
Restore remnant vegetation so that weed invasion, rubbish dumping, neglect or careless 'tidying up' don't destroy the vegetation. Help eradicate environmental weeds those exotic or non-local native plants which can take over in natural vegetation.
Revegetate areas where there is no remnant vegetation using indigenous plants grown from locally collected seed or cuttings. These can be purchased from nurseries specializing in growing local plants, or you can grow them yourself if you stick to some basic rules. You can grow indigenous plants in your own garden, or join a ‘Friends’ group and help revegetate a local reserve.