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The 2015 THECA Forum Conservation Conundrums: Exploring Apparent Conflicts in Wildlife Management is now open for registration until 28th April 2015.

The 13th THECA Forum, to be held Saturday 2 May 2015, will explore controversial issues in conserving and managing wildlife (both fauna and flora) for the long-term future and for resilience in the South East Queensland region.

Keynote speaker Professor Carla Catterall, Griffith University, will introduce the day with her talk entitled Weeds and Wildlife: Emerging Dilemmas for Conservation in the 21st century

Carla for ESA cameo detail

Carla writes:

Human actions in recent centuries have demolished native vegetation, precipitating decline and loss of many wildlife species. Humans have also wrought large-scale changes to physical conditions and assisted the immigration and establishment of many new species from other parts of the world. Conservation managers of  the 21st century face the legacies of all these changes, together with the challenge of  reversing the ongoing attrition of native biodiversity. In this new world order, both native and non-native species can play a range of helpful, neutral or damaging roles in human-dominated landscapes. To conserve and restore biodiversity we will need to judge species on their actual ecological functions rather than on their origins. I will illustrate these issues using case studies of forest biodiversity

The Forum will be held at the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT), Pullenvale on Saturday 2 May from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm. See map for directions.

Other confirmed speakers are:

Jan Allen, Terra Ark: Veteran Trees – essential habitat or past their useful lifespan
Jess Baglin, Ecosure:

Lessons Learnt from 20 years managing Australian White Ibis

Revel Pointon,
Environmental Defenders Office
Beyond ‘greentape reduction’ – restoring legislative environmental protections in 2015
Jess Bracks, Ecosure: The rigid dichotomy between humans and flying foxes
David Francis,
Cardno Chenoweth:
Green Development - an oxymoron or a reality?
Martine Maron,
University of Queensland:
The ethics of culling for conservation
John Griffiths Gap Creek Road upgrade - case study of compromise - commuter convenience and conservation 
Gillian Paxton,
University of Queensland:
Living with wildlife: encounters with flying foxes in Brisbane


The cost of $50 incudes morning tea and lunch, with concessional rates for THECA members ($45) and for full time students ($30).

Brisbane City Council and SEQ Catchments Inc. are offering a number of free places at the Forum for eligible applicants.

Places are limited; registration is closed.