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Proceedings of the Second National Conference of the Native Grasses Association
I would like to welcome everyone to our second national Stipa conference. This conference is the second national conference and follows the highly successful event, which was held in Mudgee NSW during September 2000. The aim of Stipa Native Grasses Association Inc. is to develop an interest and provide education as well as interaction on native grasslands into all areas of Australia. This conference is hopefully only the second of many more to come.
We have presenters and delegates coming from all over Australia and from a wide variety of topographical and climatic environments. I am sure the conference will be educational, entertaining and thought provoking. We are actively encouraging informal dialogue between presenters and delegates alike.
Some papers will point out how much of our great natural resource we have lost and some of the reasons why, but with the good work that is being done and with the encouragement of Stipa, much of our grasslands can be restored. Hopefully these two days of presentations will reinforce or create an understanding of how valuable our native grasslands are, both financially and environmentally.
This conference could not have happened without the untiring work of our committee, particularly the Victorian component, and of course Mike Byron our conference secretariat.
Therefore recognition and thanks to:
All from Victoria
- Cheryl O'Dwyer
- Greg Bekker
- Andrew Briggs
- Dugald Buchanan
- Helen Ryan
- Liz Raven
- Catherine Allen
- Jacci Campbell
All from NSW
- Darryl Cluff
- Bill Semple
- Christine McCrae
- Mary Goodacre
- Regina Byron
Special thanks also go to each of the presenters and of course the delegates, without which there would be no conference.