Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group and VBT invites you to:
Future Opportunities & Challenges for Invasive Species Management Forum.

Exploring latest research into:
– Blackberry Biocontrol: Dr Robin Adair
– Deer Population Growth: Dr Greg Baxter
– Good Neighbour Program: Matt Zannini
– Roadside Weed Control: Chris Rankin

Many landholders have properties bordering forested land, private and public, and share the management of boundaries. Invasive species control is usually the main management focus and in some cases there are good cooperative arrangements to minimise impacts on both sides of the fence.

A Forum on 17th March, sponsored by The Victorian Blackberry Taskforce and Corner Inlet Blackberry Action Group, will provide an opportunity to hear about the latest research into blackberry biocontrol, deer population projections and collaborative management of invasive species.

Dr Greg Baxter from the University of Queensland will present deer population growth models and talk through scenarios illustrating the challenges of different management and control strategies. Dr Baxter will also discuss the various management options for wild deer and describe how they might be improved in the future.

Dr Robin Adair, a researcher who spent many years working on blackberry biocontrol will discuss current and potential control agents. He will also report on the rusts which were released ten years ago and their effectiveness.

What is the Good Neighbour Program? How does it work and who can access it? Matt Zanini, Forest Planning Officer, DELWP, will explain the contribution this program makes to the management of Crown boundaries.

HVP Plantations grow softwood on large areas of plantation estate. David Smith will outline how invasive species are managed to minimise impacts on adjoining properties and the process for accessing assistance with boundary issues.

Lyn Coulston, Chair of the Victorian Blackberry Taskforce is urging landholders to come along, listen to the speakers and join the discussion. “What does the future look like for the growth and spread of blackberry and deer and what are the successful approaches being undertaken by people now? Knowing what to expect gives people time to plan ahead. There are always better ways of doing things and this a great opportunity for people to consider the information presented and contribute their ideas about future options”.

Future Challenges For Invasive Species Management
Toora Community Hall 
Friday 17th March 2017

Registrations essential at Raelene.ngaire@gmail.com or call Mobile 0410479254

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