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Letter from the Chief Minister

We get letters ... We received today a letter from the Chief Minister, Andrew Barr MLA. Although it is addressed to the Chair of the Friends, we are asked to make it available to all Friends. For your perusal!

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Black Mountain - a new publication

Black Mountain: a natural history of a Canberra icon, written by Ian Fraser and Rosemary Purdie with Friends of Black Mountain is a new publication to celebrate 50 years since Black Mountain became a conservation reserve. Pre-order now and get $10 off the Recommended Retail Price!

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Friends' AGM 2020 - Chair's Report

The Friends' AGM was held today, 30 June 2020. Thank you to all who attended. The Agenda, draft minutes of the 2019 AGM, audited Financial Statements for 2019 and Treasurer's Report are available elsewhere on the website. Here is the Chair's Report for the 2019 year and beyond.

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Scott Saddler AM

Friends congratulate Scott Saddler AM, Senior Director, National Arboretum Canberra, for his award of Member of the Order of Australia, specifically for significant service to public administration, and as a supporter and mentor of Indigenous youth. A very well deserved honour!

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4000 new trees to be planted - 23 April 2020, Canberra Times

According to The Canberra Times, 4000 new trees are to be planted in Canberra's suburbs as part of the corona virus stimulus plan. You can read the article below. The number of trees planted as part of the government's Autumn tree planting program has more than doubled this year as part of the stimulus, rising from 1500 planted last year to 4000. The trees will be planted across 87 suburbs in Canberra that have been suggested by community members in consultations held last year. The Arboretum is probably not included in these tree plantings, but any additional tree plantings are welcome!

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Wollemi Pines Propagation Project

In September 2019, the idea for the Friends to grow Wollemi Pine saplings for sale to raise funds for the Arboretum was first broached by Ange McNeilly to Roger Hnatiuk, who for the past ten years, has been conducting the Wollemi Seed Counting Project at the Arboretum. On the same day, Roger spoke to Scott Saddler, Senior Director of the NAC, who was very supportive of the idea. From there, the project has blossomed into the Friends' most recent exciting project!

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How do trees grow tall with hollow cores?

An interesting article from The Conversation about trees. Imagine a world without trees, and then try to think about the changes that would need to happen for these trees to evolve from the small primitive plants that came before them.

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Interesting article on Owls!

To try and help keep the Arboretum near the forefront of your mind, we'll publish articles from time to time which we hope will bring good news into our lives! The first one is about OWLS!

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