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 guide 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 Guide 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 regions to produce a practical and science based guide.
We hope to find the funds to support the project from now until July 2018. Please contact Roz if you would like to help us or make a pledge.
We want to share …
What fungi do within ecosystems and how to included them in management of healthy ecosystems, as:
- plant partners
- providers of food and 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
Help managers understand:
- diseases & weedy fungi
- fire and fungi
- threatening processes
- fungi and soil
- logs and litter vs mulch
Together this will provide practical knowledge and a guide for land managers.
The project has a dedicated account and a professional accountant will oversee the project accounts and submit a tax return. The funds will be used to support Sapphire for six months writing, collaborating with other authors to produce the core guide ($38000) and then three months for laying out ($17000) and designing the guide. Roz will manage the project, be an author, she and a proof editor will be supported with a stipend of $5000 each. Printing cost will be about $8000.
Roz is taking pledges and we will have a crowd funding campaign from mid-May through to mid-July 2018. If you would like to donate by cheque please make out to R. Hart and post to Fungi 4 Land, PO Box 967, Merlynston VIC 3058. Please let us know if you prefer anonymity.
About Sapphire & Roz
They are both ecologists and fungal educators.
Sapphire’s interests are conservation of 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.
Sapphire having lived in four states and traveled across Australia’s landscapes she has been involved in many of the fungal community groups over the years. She has worked with many of these groups to raise the profile of local fungi and highlight the important roles fungi play in our environment. Sapphire particularly enjoys getting out into the bush to discover fungal treasures as often as she can.
Roz is an ecologist, with a range of teaching experience who raises awareness of the importance of fungi in bushlands, opening many people’s eyes to the wonders of fungi. She lives in Perth, close to Kings Park which is Perth’s iconic bushland park. Roz enjoys being a volunteer Guide at Kings Park, where she delights in showing people the fungi that pop up. She is an active member of the Western Australian Field Naturalists Club and is currently Vice President of Fungimap*.
She loves bushwalking, exploring all over Australia and New Zealand looking for fungi, constantly learning more about our amazing biodiversity, which she knows comprises at least 3 Fs: Fauna, Flora and Fungi!