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Save it in Time!

I have made a submission for funding to collect, grow and propagate the native forget-me-nots Myosotis spp. Of 54 species world wide, 34 occur in New Zealand.  At least two are extinct ( M.laingii and traversii var cinerascens )and a new species (not yet named) was found in December 2016. Seven are known to be critical, five endangered and one vulnerable. Their fruit is a valuable food source for lizards and birds, especially in alpine  areas as most grow in very exposed sites (rock, talus, ultramafic and limestone) with sparse other vegetation. They have prominent crowns of inflorescence and fruit so a very visible food source. They are also occur in a variety of other ecosystems such as grass/scrub-lands, stream beds, lowland forest and near-swamp..

I would like to help save and propagate this Genus (Myosotis means "mouse-ears after their leaves) to disseminate it to other organisations and natural areas I have already established two rock gardens of specific pedagogical substrate and have a variety of rock/gravel/soil types on  hand to construct specific conditions as required for the species eg. schist & gneiss, marble, limestone.

What conservation problem are you trying to solve?

Prevent species decline and the impact of its loss on bird and other native organisms. Increase  knowledge of  requirements and propagation of an endangered native plant. 

How are you going to solve this conservation problem?

I have already developed rock garden sites and am growing three Myosotis.  I live in the same (original ) native forest as the Otari-Wilton's Bush Reserve which has the largest collection of N.Z flora and am in frequent communication with them and a broad range of other active conservationists to spread the plants. I  have  good contacts through the country and know that Conservation District Offices require applications to collect seeds. I have Ngati Porou and other tribal affiliations for the Tiriti o Waitangi requirements.I have spent a lifetime in the bush and alps and am passionate about our environment but have limited my project to a small site and practical endeavors. The forget-me-nots flowers are very beautiful  and their loss would be tragic. I cannot save the whole forest but I can save  these. I am already very successfully growing three Myosotis. ( I learned of this fund offer only yesterday so see images by Dr Heidi Meudt of Te Papa National Museum/Conservation).

What makes your idea new and unique?

There is no national collection of Myosotis or nursery sites for their propagation.

Who will use your idea, and how will they benefit?

Botanical Gardens and native plant reserves plus  plantings by conservation groups and individuals and gardeners of these beautiful endangered flowers. Hopefully National Parks and Reserves could also benefit with plantings in situ.

What tasks or activities do you need investment for? How would you spend a $25,000 grant?

Quarry supplies (Wellington) of rocks, stones, soil, river shingle, shale  ranging in cost from $2 (metamorphic rocks) to $120 per kg with an anticipated total of about $2,466. Local travel cost to collect material estimated at $80.( I am within walking or bus distance  of conservation bodies in Wellington) $7000 for computer hard/software/materials as required and communications. The rest of the funds towards airfares and some accommodation. I have friends and family I can stay with in many places. No remuneration for myself. I have accountancy and project management qualifications and experience so a strict account will be kept of all monies received and spent and a dedicated   bank account used.

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Heidi Kuglin Oct 14, 2017

New Zealand is loosing native plants at an alarming rate. This project will halt the decline of these lovely native plants and will bring them to the attention of a the wider population. This is a vital project.

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