Monthly Archives: November 2014

What?! So, suddenly willows cause erosion?!?

Has there ever been a clearer indication of how the dominance of a simplistic ideology can warp the way we frame reality, than in the case of beliefs around ‘willows and erosion’?

In Australia, Salix species were used from the early days of British occupation to stabilise observed erosion.  This use continued for around 200 years. Let’s face it, where they are left in place, willows are still preventing erosion to this day. Despite this, for some reason, amongst the lengthy litany of accusations levelled at willows by nativist literature is the charge that they cause erosion! Continue reading

A Friday afternoon thought

This was sent in by a fellow non-nativist landcarer, with the message: “Spread the word!”

It was spotted and photographed on a footpath in Bathurst, NSW.

Nonnativist street sign in Bathurst

Sometimes a lot can be conveyed very simply.

How, on Earth, do we not see the irony?

You need to realise that, these days, we live in the future. We’re so clever and everything.

Weeding is very high-tech now; it’s all done, not with mirrors, but with the internet. People can register the location of a weed and we can view it from a satellite, if we want to. See here, someone has found a Gleditsia (Honey Locust). It’s growing in uncultivated  scrub on the peri-urban fringe of our Nation’s Capital.

Warning! This organism is a NON-NATIVE! Its presence is an affront to decent, patriotic, nativist-Australians with a lot of time on their hands and not much else to worry about. Continue reading

Reflecting on Bicentennial Park, Braidwood

The Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare blog is intended as a collaborative effort. Over time we hope to post stories and articles by various contributors (see our collaborate-contribute page). For our very first of these we are fortunate to hear from Mr Peter Marshall.

Peter and Kate Marshall were recently awarded by the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council as one of four inaugural ‘Champions of the Catchment’ in recognition of their approach to sustainable farming. For a video introduction, try this link to an ABC story from 2013.

Peter is an innovative farmer well known for his pragmatic views on the use of non-native species in land restoration and agro-ecology. He is also known for his outspoken disregard for nativist doctrines in Natural Resource Management. He is a trained and experienced forester and he and his family produce a diverse range of products (and support a diverse range of wildlife) on their 500 acre farm near Braidwood. Perhaps the most notable of these products is their famous truffles sold under the name of ‘Terra Preta’.

Here, Peter shares his reflections upon some negative experiences with nativism that touched him very directly: Continue reading

So willows cause flooding on floodplains?

All over the internet you can read about how willows cause increased flooding. For a sample, just try here:

“…..the trees are a menace and cause flooding….”

or here:

“They form thickets which divert water outside the main watercourse or channel, causing flooding…..”

or here:

“…..willows form thickets which can cause floods and erode vulnerable banks, especially on flood plain areas.” (my emphasis)

Although some of us hold to the peculiar idea that climate extremes (especially high rainfall periods) have something to do with it, according to anti-willow literature, it is willows that cause flooding. Continue reading