Australian land managers are beginning to discover the important roles fungi play in healthy ecosystems. Australian fungi are different from those in other countries in the same way that our plants, animals and other species differ. Despite this, Australia lacks a practical guide for land managers for conservation and restoration focused management. Restoration guides from other countries are therefore at best less applicable and at worst may suggest the incorporation of fungi from other regions and other countries, which is likely to be detrimental to our Australian landscapes and species. Our guide will focus on integrating fungi into current management tool kits. We know that healthy bushlands are resilient due to the myriad of interactions between our animals, fungi, plants and microbes.
Dr Sapphire McMullan-Fisher and Roz Hart propose to produce this much-needed and often-requested handbook to the use of fungi in conservation and revegetation in Australian landscapes. Both Sapphire and Roz have been involved in fungal community education and conservation projects for more than two decades and will work with mycologists from across the region to produce a practical and science based guide.
We had a successful crowd funding campaign in May-July 2018 to write the core book. We were delighted with the generosity of over 326 supporters so now the core book is being written by Sapphire, Roz and mycologists and land managers from around Australia. However, we still need help to get the book published and in the hands of people who need it.
Help us bring fungi into focus for land managers!
We will share …
providers of food & habitat for animals
recyclers of nutrients
why not all fungal diseases are bad
interactions that drive soil structure and health
how fungi are connected to other life
Practical tools to help managers understand:
diseases & weedy fungi
fire & fungi
fungi & soil
logs & litter vs mulch
Together this will provide practical knowledge and a guide for land managers.
Thank you all so much for the funds to produce the core text a collaborative synthesis of how to integrate fungi into land management and restoration. Our aim is to have the guide finished and ready to use by the end of 2019.
The core text is the backbone of the guide but further work is needed to design a book that integrates images and diagrams to clearly demonstrate the amazing interactions fungi have. Also with the many mycologists and land managers contributing to the guide we will need a Content Editor to bring the core text together in a clear and practical voice. Thus, we will require a further $35,000 to produce the finished product- a physical book- published and in the hands of people who need it.
With this in mind we are continuing to raise funds hoping to have all the money we require by December 2019. Please help us all the way and provide a valuable resource for the Australian environment.
Due to the wonderful help of our friends and supporters, we have had a successful crowd funding campaign in May-July 2018 which raised $38,130. From these funds the costs of the rewards, the crowdfunding website and credit card fees have been paid. Also, a stipend of $500 was paid for a video produced to market the guide. The remainder of these funds will support Sapphire to write the core guide in collaboration with other authors, for an estimated six to nine months.
The project has a dedicated bank account to ensure all funds received and spent are accounted for. A professional accountant will oversee the project account and submit tax returns, so you can be confident your donation is being used appropriately.
Our goal now is to raise ~$35,000 to produce the physical guide which will then be ready and available to use at workshops and training events. This money will be used to support Sapphire for three to five months (~$17,000) to lay out and design the guide. Design involves creating a book that uses the core text and integrates images and diagrams to clearly demonstrate the amazing interactions fungi are involved in. Roz will manage the project and be an author, for this she will be supported with a stipend of $5000. We will require the services of a Content Editor to bring together the ‘voices’ of the many authors into harmony, who will also receive a stipend of $5000. Printing costs are estimated at $8000 for the first edition
We hope to finish the book writing and illustrations by June 2020 and then finish the editing and layout by August 2020 ready to print and send out by October 2020. So that we can do this, we are continuing to raise funds here through donations to the project (button above) and through the sale of rewards (coming soon). This is will be more cost efficient than losing fees to a crowd funding page so please share our page with anyone or group who you think may be interested or share our Facebook page.
Roz is taking donations for this project directly. Contact her for the account details for direct donation to the account or use the donate button above for credit cards. If you would like to donate by cheque please make out to Roz Hart and post to Fungi4Land, PO Box 967, Merlynston VIC 3058. We will send you a receipt on request.
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Thanks to our supporters
We are delighted to have larger donations towards the project from Fran Guard, Martin from Greening Australia Gippsland, Terry McMullan, La Trobe Valley Field Naturalists, Queensland Mycological Society, Lyn Proud, Kirsten Tullis, Tony Hodge, Nick O’Connor, Field Naturalists’ Club of Ballarat and Main Creek Catchment Landcare Group.
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