Praise for plant guide

Pilbara News - - News - Re­becca Parish

Pil­bara seeds are the fo­cus of a new book cre­ated through a part­ner­ship with BHP Bil­li­ton and the Botanic Gar­dens and Parks Author­ity, in an at­tempt to meet the chal­lenge of restor­ing land­scapes in the Pil­bara.

The book is one part of a $5 mil­lion re­search part­ner­ship known as the Restora­tion Seed­bank Ini­tia­tive and iden­ti­fies more than 100 com­mon plant species and how peo­ple can col­lect, clean, store and ger­mi­nate the seeds. Ti­tled the Pil­bara Seed At­las and Field Guide, the book was co-edited by WA sci­en­tists Todd Erick­son, Rus­sell Bar­rett, David Merritt and Kings­ley Dixon.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said the book was one of the out­comes of eight years of re­search, adding it would help to de­liver bet­ter en­vi­ron­men­tal out­comes in the Pil­bara.

“The Pil­bara Seed At­las and Field Guide is the first of its kind to trans­late com­plex sci­ence into a prac­ti­cal tool to help min­ers, pas­toral­ists and con­ser­va­tion man­agers to re­ha­bil­i­tate their land,” he said.

“I am im­pressed with the prac­ti­cal­ity of the book and how easy it is for peo­ple with­out sci­en­tific back­grounds to iden­tify lo­cal species.

“The book en­cour­ages the reader to look at the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fects of min­ing and other ac­tiv­ity on the re­gion to re­store land­scapes as a whole, rather than restor­ing each site in iso­la­tion.”

Pic­ture: An­drea Rus­sell

DPaW, UWA and Kings Park rep­re­sen­ta­tives Steven Dil­lon, Steve Hop­per, Todd Erick­son, Shane Turner, David Merritt and David Sy­mons with the Pil­bara Seed At­las and Field Guide.

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