NAQS Ranger Plant Health Questionnaire

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Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program

Plant Health Awareness

You can help us better understand key local factors involved in monitoring of plant biosecurity risks by completing this questionnaire:

  • Knowledge of current and possible future fruit orchards and vegetable gardens to enable monitoring of plant biosecurity risks (Top Watch Gardens).
  • Knowledge of the distribution and accessibility of wild rice populations.
  • Provide baseline information on the threat and extent of new aquatic weeds.
  • Assessment for new or unusual terrestrial weeds located in your community.

To have your say, take our questionnaire now. Please read instructions before completing this survey.

To complete the survey click on the survey tab below.

The questionnaire will close 30 June 2021.

Indigenous Ranger Biosecurity Program

Plant Health Awareness

You can help us better understand key local factors involved in monitoring of plant biosecurity risks by completing this questionnaire:

  • Knowledge of current and possible future fruit orchards and vegetable gardens to enable monitoring of plant biosecurity risks (Top Watch Gardens).
  • Knowledge of the distribution and accessibility of wild rice populations.
  • Provide baseline information on the threat and extent of new aquatic weeds.
  • Assessment for new or unusual terrestrial weeds located in your community.

To have your say, take our questionnaire now. Please read instructions before completing this survey.

To complete the survey click on the survey tab below.

The questionnaire will close 30 June 2021.

  • Plant Health Questionnaire – Instruction Guide

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    How to undertake this questionnaire

    Your ranger group has 1 x ranger 6hrs, 1 x vehicle 3hrs to complete this questionnaire. The way in which you can use that time is quite flexible. We would like to offer some suggestions on how to complete the questionnaire, that you can fit to your individual conditions. The survey has four sections:

    • Top Watch Gardens
    • Wild rice
    • Aquatic weeds
    • Terrestrial weeds

    Top Watch Gardens

    Please drive to garden sites located in your community or school, note their location(s) and gather the following information:

    What is the garden’s name?

    What size is the garden?

    width and length in metres

    Is the garden maintained/cared for?

    Yes, no, seasonally or has been in the past etc

    Approximately how many people use this garden?

    Contact details for the main contact for the garden(s) (with their permission)?

    name, phone number

    What food plants are growing in the garden?

    (for example, banana, citrus, beans, pumpkins, mango, or tomatoes)

    Please take some pictures of the garden

    The entire garden, some trees and garden beds

    Is bush tucker grown in this garden?

    You may need to discuss permissions for visiting and collecting information and/or talk to schools/community groups beforehand.

    This activity should take approximately two hours ranger time and one-hour vehicle time (depending of course on how far it is away from your ranger base etc.)

    Wild Rice

    This activity is a desktop activity only and only needs to be completed if you have knowledge of wild rice populations in your management area.

    If you do have this knowledge or know someone who does, we would appreciate information on where the local wild rice populations are and how easy they are to access, so that wild rice could be monitored for pests and disease, by yourselves or scientific staff.

    This exercise should take one hour or less of ranger time.

    Weed rapid survey (Aquatic and Terrestrial) for new or unusual weeds

    This weed survey activity should use the time you have remaining for this activity (approx. three hours ranger time and two hours vehicle time). Please take pictures and note the location of any new (first noticed in the last 2 years) or unusual weeds, terrestrial and or aquatic (if you have them) and add that information to the questionnaire map/s.

    If you don’t have access to rivers, lagoons, and wetlands as a part of your management area please refer to the next task on terrestrial weeds.

    Aquatic weeds

    If you have access to rivers, lagoons, and wetlands as a part of your management area we would like you to undertake a look around your local community to look for new or unusual aquatic as well as terrestrial weeds.

    How to look for new or unusual aquatic weeds:

    What: Water weeds can be vines, shrubs or trees, grasses, and a diverse array of non- woody plants including algae.

    Where they grow: In the water, floating free on the water surface, rooted in the mud and emergent above the water’s surface; growing around the margins of bodies of water.

    Where you should look: Rivers, permanent and seasonal creeks, billabongs, swimming holes, ponds, dams, irrigation canals, soaks, springs, swamps, roadside or other drains that fill with water for extended periods.

    Information to note at any locations of new or unusual aquatic weeds:

    Name of aquatic weed if known?


    Is this the first observation of this weed?


    (Yes / No)

    How big is the weed infestation?

    (width and length in metres)

    Name of water way / water body?



    Is the aquatic weed in deep water?


    (Yes / No)

    Would you need a boat to access the weeds?

    (Yes / No)

    Can you access them during the wet season?



    Are there any safety issues with site access

    (if yes, please describe i.e. crocodiles, fast running water etc.)?



    Don’t forget to take pictures of any new or unusual aquatic weeds to upload as a part of this survey

    Terrestrial weeds

    Please find below suggestions of where to look for potential new terrestrial weeds:

    • Landfills/waste transfer stations
    • Barge landings
    • Airstrip/airport environments
    • Local shops
    • Campgrounds, especially moist sites near ablution blocks
    • Ditches and drains
    • Edges of dams and weirs and sites where seasonal flooding occurs in the wet season.
    • Main road/community road gravel and road base storage areas
    • Sites where bulk bags containing landscaping materials are stored
    • Sites where building materials are temporarily stored
    • Sites where earth-moving machinery is stored
    • Other transport storage areas
    • New subdivisions
    • Livestock enclosures
    • Around of community gardens

    * Only look in places where access is given, and the environment is safe.

    Information to note at any locations of new or unusual terrestrial weeds:

    What is the weed name (if known)?


    Is this the first observation of this weed?


    (Yes / No)

    How big is the weed infestation?


    [width and length in metres]

    Don’t forget to take pictures of any new or unusual weeds to upload as a part of this survey

    If you have any questions about this activity, please contact your CLO.

  • Instructions for adding mapping information

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    Map Example

    Once you have dropped the pin and you have answered the questions click submit. You always have option to edit any of the dropped pins or answers to questions, using the following method.

    The map will now zoom into the position of the pin.

    You can edit the information and location by clicking on the three vertical dots and then selecting edit.

    Once you place a pin on the map you can not delete it, if you can not edit it to reflect information in your area please label the pin as “bad data” in the name and the comment section.

    Once you have finished adding data to each map, please close that tab in your browser and return to your survey tab.

  • Getting Great Plant Photos – Tips and Tricks

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    • Take photographs of the entire plant, showing scale if possible, by including a recognizable object in the photo. For example, for a tree, have a person stand next to the tree; for a small plant, place a ruler or pencil. Tip: make sure that your plant is the obvious dominant one in the frame and in focus. This photo should be the "default" picture in our observation.
    • Take close-ups of the leaves (both upper and lower surfaces). Tip: take a picture of where the leaves attach to the plant, as it will help others identify a species that has alternating versus opposite leaves on the stem.
    • Take close-ups of the flowers (straight-on and side views).
    • In most cases, it is helpful to photograph both flowers and fruits. While there are some plants that do not bear fruits and flowers at the same time, try to photograph both if possible. A botanist often needs reproductive parts (the fruits/ flowers) of the plant to identify it positively.
    • Try to have the sun at your back to provide the best light for your photos. Tip: in bright direct light, try shading small plants, but make sure you are not casting a shadow on your subject.
    • For thin plants such as grasses place your hand next to the area you wish to photograph. Then focus on your hand, remove your hand and take the shot. This sets the focus to the same "plane" as the plant instead of focusing "through it" and onto the ground/other feature behind.
    • On windy days you may need to "shield" small plants or leaves from the wind or take a part to a non-windy location (e.g. inside a car) to allow for a non-blurry photo to be taken.
    • In dim locations, try taking photos of plants both with and without a flash to enhance the likelihood of capturing an adequate photo.
    • Always take photos in high resolution (this can be adjusted on your phone settings) to allow others to zoom in on features without pixilation.