Australian land managers are beginning to discover the important roles fungi play in healthy ecosystems. Australian fungi are different from those in other countries in the same way that our plants, animals and other species differ. Despite this, Australia lacks a practical handbook for land managers for conservation and restoration focused management. Restoration guides from other countries are therefore at best less applicable and at worst may suggest the incorporation of fungi from other regions and other countries, which is likely to be detrimental to our Australian landscapes and species. Our guide will focus on integrating fungi into current management tool kits. We know that healthy bushlands are resilient due to the myriad of interactions between our plants, animals, fungi and microbes.
Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Roz Hart propose to produce this much-needed and often-requested handbook to the use of fungi in conservation and revegetation in Australian landscapes. Both Sapphire and Roz have been involved in fungal community education and conservation projects for more than two decades and will work with mycologists from across the region to produce a practical and science based handbook.
We are crowdfunding with StartSomeGood online:
We will share …
providers of food & habitat for animals
recyclers of nutrients
why not are all fungal diseases bad
interactions that drive soil structure and health
how fungi are connected to other life
Practical tools to help managers understand:
diseases & weedy fungi
fire & fungi
fungi & soil
logs & litter vs mulch
Together this will provide practical knowledge and a guide for land managers.
We are crowdfunding with StartSomeGood online:
About Sapphire & Roz
Sapphire’s passion is conserving Earth’s biodiversity, particularly the macrofungi and mosses. She has a conservation doctorate from the University of Tasmania. She is active in creating fungal educational games and identification materials, and works part-time for Fungimap*, Australia’s National Fungi organisation.
Having lived in four states, and traveled extensively across Australia’s varied landscapes, she has been connected with several enthusiastic community groups over the years. Together, they have worked towards raising public awareness ot of local fungi species and towards highlighting the critical roles they play in our environment. Sapphire particularly enjoys getting out into the bush as often as she can to discover new fungal treasures.
Roz is an ecologist with a range of teaching experiences who seeks to raise awareness of the importance of fungi in bushlands and to open people’s eyes to the wonders of fungi. She lives in Perth, close to the iconic bushland reserve Kings Park. Roz enjoys being a volunteer Guide at Kings Park, where she delights in showing people the fungi that pop up throughout the season. She is an active member of the Western Australian Field Naturalists Club and is currently President of Fungimap*.
She loves bushwalking, exploring all over Australia and New Zealand looking for fungi, and constantly learning more about our amazing biodiversity… which she knows comprises at least 3 “F”s: Fauna, Flora and Fungi!
Please note * Sapphire & Roz have official and voluntary roles with Fungimap * and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (RBGV *), but FunFungiEcology activities are organised independently.
As part of our campaign we are offering fungal themed items including shirts T-shirt and mirrors shown below. Soon to come the Fabulous Fungi card and case.
Thanks to our supporters
We are delighted to have larger pledges towards the project from Martin from Greening Australia Gippsland, Fran Guard, Terry McMullan, La Trobe Valley Field Naturalists, Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat and Main Creek Catchment Landcare Group.
The power of good meaning people is amazing so we are blessed by the support of some anonymous donors and these kind people Fran La Fontaine, Rita de Heer, Frances Guard, Simone van Hattem, Meryl Newton, Kelly Scott, Megan Fleming, Elizabeth Sheedy , Susanne Nelles, Rebecca Korossy-Horwood, Catherine Ash, Laurton McGurk, Theresa Bint, Terry McMullan, Peter Buchanan, Simone Louwhoff, Judy Fander, Maree Elliott, Gregory Crocetti, Rose , Jutta Godwin, Nick Ritar, Carolyn Suggate, tamara parker, Shane Hall, Michael Cincotta, Attilio Demicheli, Joanna Meighan, Gregg Muller, Anne Warren, jen wilson, Karin Schulz, Angela Sanders, Rosalind Smallwood, Meredith Spencer, Denise Deerson, Linda Bradburn, Sue Conlan, Jenny Zimmerman, Diane Evers, Diana Blacklock, Leigh Stone, Gillian Stack, Joshua Smyth, Lizzy Tumbri, Freya Fogliani, Katrina Roberg, Margaret Gollagher , Gordon Claridge, Susan Waite, Judy Haines, Kasey Moffat, Bertram Lobert, Taylor Gundry, Dave Munro, Yoav Daniel Bar-Ness, Paul Sutherland, Lincoln Kern, Annette Dahler, Kevin O’Connell, Judith MacKinnon, Lindsay Jolley, E Seeck, Vanda Longman, Natalie Eiser, Jemima Holland , Susette Pow, troy porter , Warwick Boardman, John Hudson, David Adams, Peter Macqueen, Norma Calcutt , Jessica Bamford, Cat Williams, Rachael Green, Joy Sanderson, Bruce Bennett, Leonie Stubbs, Christopher vanderMeer, Jacqueline Ridler, Kieran Kilmartin , Mark Hutchison, Emma Birnbaum, Janet Hagen, Christine Kilmartin, Frances Cincotta, Julia Martignoni, Margaret Matthews, Lauren Daniel, Riley Rocco, Dylan Osler, Tserin Wright, Daniel Harris-Pascall, Trevor Bacon, Marita Smith, Karl Just, Sally Moore, Diana Corbyn, Nick Huggins, Lesley Shaw, Hannah Savige, James Morison, Jane Ambrose, Shaun Gardner, Teresa Lebel, Betsy Jackes, Rebecca Le Get, Alison Jennings, Wendy Ring, Geoff White, Danny Reddan, Ana Backstrom, Alex Smart, Sue Forster, Greg Boldiston , John Bestevaar, Cherri Deutschmann, Meika Loofs Samorzewski, Stanislaw Wawrzyczek, Kirsten Tullis, Matthew Fisher, Sally Dizgalvis, Kim Sarti, Sam Smith, Carole Gorby, Barbara De Bruijn, Katrina Syme, Cathy Retter, Hans Zehntner, Jane Barton, Daniel Boase-Jelinek, Stephen Axford, Noeline Karlson, Elva Letts, Sarah Maclagan, Naomi Conway, Fflur Collier, Peter Goegan, Kate Bennetts, John Field, Mark Mackintosh, Nadia Danti, Wendy Minato, Julian Jaramillo, P Hudson, Kayt Wallace, Cassia Read, Russell Chambers, Jenny Kato, Daniel Tibbett, Linde Brush, Jason Hart, Bruce McGregor, Althea Oliver, Megan Prance, Louis Saliba, Jarrod Geddes, Matthew Moore, Russell Cook, Leslie Hodgson, Jill Fechner, Melissa Rasmussen, Judy Smart, Anita Wild, Ryan Percival, Tony Hodge, Jennifer Allan, Saskia Hunter, Margaret Larke & Michael Fox.