Meeting with speaker: Sharon Bowen on
' Temporal Changes in the vegetation communities of the Macquarie Marshes 1991- 2013 '
The Macquarie Marshes are a floodplain wetland complex of 250,000 ha, located ~200km north of Dubbo in Central Western NSW, in the lower floodplains of the Macquarie River Catchment. They include the Macqurie Marshes Nature Reserve and State Conservation Area. The Marches have been under ecological stress since the building of Burrendong Dam in 1967 changed the natural flooding regime, exacerbated by droughts and changed land management practices. read more ...
Not surprisingly we have rarely considered plants of a wetland but many wetlands have distinctive plants which are adapted to the wetting and drying cycles of wetlands. The types of plants found in a wetland depend on:
Some coastal wetlands have plants adapted to estuarine conditions, such as mangroves and seagrasses. Others have freshwater plants such as paperbarks, reeds and sedges. Inland floodplain wetlands are often in low rainfall areas and have a few hardy eucalypts such as river red gum, coolabah and black box, which can tolerate years of drought or low river flows.
Wetlands are not rainforests although possibly there are some similarities. So, we have much to learn and to consider from Sharon.
By the way, please invite other family members and friends to our meeting.
The Hills Shire Orange Blossom Festival Zest Fest - Market Day Stall
If you want to buy an unusual range of native plants at reasonable cost this is for you.