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Goldfields herbarium relocated

Jennifer Jackson using the Goldfields Reference Herbarium
Jennifer Jackson using the Goldfields Reference Herbarium DPaW

The valuable plant specimen collection housed in the Goldfields Reference Herbarium has been moved to its new home at the Department of Parks and Wildlife in Kalgoorlie.

The herbarium contains about 1700 specimens collected from local reserves and former pastoral leases managed by the department, plus collections donated by renowned botanist Ken Newbey and the old Western Mining Corporation.

Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Jennifer Jackson said the herbarium played an important role assisting people to identify regional plants.

“Landowners might have a tree or shrub growing on their property and want to know what it is, or consultants could use the herbarium if they are surveying an area,” Ms Jackson said.

In use for 20 years, the reference herbarium had operated from the Department of Agriculture and Food office in Kalgoorlie before being relocated to the Parks and Wildlife office last week. The herbarium is open to the public from Monday to Friday.

Ms Jackson said she was keen to recruit some new volunteers to assist at the herbarium.

“This is a great time to engage local people and get volunteers on board to help manage this important community resource,” she said.

“We are keen to bring the herbarium up to a standard consistent with other regional herbaria.

“A volunteer could do jobs such as specimen mounting and preparation, cataloguing, data entry and general upkeep.”

To register your interest in becoming a herbarium volunteer, or for more information, please contact Jennifer Jackson on 9080 5555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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