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Award Ceremony for Hawkweed program

Award Ceremony for Hawkweed program

1 year ago from Parks Victoria

Hawkweed Partnership Program- a winner!

Tuesday 12 November, 2013

The collective efforts of the team targeting the Hawkweed pest in the Alps were recognised recently with a ‘Staff Engagement Excellence’ Award at the Melbourne University Vice-Chancellor’s Engagement Awards.

The agencies had formed a partnership to undertake a targeted systematic approach in tackling Hawkweeds which are a major threat in the Alpine National Park.

The award recognised the significant engagement and partnership efforts of Parks Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) and Melbourne University staff and students.

Parks Victoria District Program Manager Charlie Pascoe said the award winning Hawkweed utilised a range of techniques including state-of-the-art computer modelling to predict Hawkweed distributions at various sites and innovative field experiments to understand how likely surveillance teams are to detect infestations.

The project team collaborated to stage a range of experiments which tested the hawkweed search skills of staff and weed spotter volunteers in parallel with the annual summer surveys.

"The findings from the experiment were analysed and have certainly assisted current surveillance strategies".

"We were delighted to receive the recognition via the Staff Engagement Excellence Award but the partnership efforts dedicated to eradicating Hawkweeds is the real winner.

"As a result of the research-management partnership between Parks Victoria, DEPI and Melbourne University our chances of successfully eradicating Hawkweeds from the Victorian Alps are greatly increased, said Mr Pascoe

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