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Moving threatened plants: Story and practice

Using mixed methods research, we commenced a study asking the question: is translocation of threatened plants a viable conservation and/or mitigation measure?

Your initial reaction might be that this question is unreasonable. Conducting a translocation relies on multiple factors: location, time, cost, the species and its ecology, type of translocation, number of propagules, relatedness, and propagule type. Translocation is a simple word, representing a simple physical action which belies its potential complexity. Defined as movement or direct transport of plant material from one area to another (Commander 2018) the term does not immediately capture the many perspectives of practitioners and their motivations, nor convey that practitioners are drawn from diverse and varied fields. Answering this question then is also subjective and dependent on intentions and expectations.

Australasian Plant Conservation: Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, Vol. 28, No. 3, Feb 2020: 11-13