Monthly Archives: December 2014

Landcare learning about landscape function

The following post is a reprint of an article published in our local “Landcare Perspective” which is a newsletter put out by the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Council (a district level Landcare association, or ‘DLA’). The post was prompted by the article shown below, which appeared in the Winter-Spring 2014 edition of the Perspective….

The Bank Job Article from the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Perspective

The Bank Job Article from the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Perspective

….and, to a lesser extent by this ‘placestories’ video, which is also about ‘the Bank Job’ project.

The most stimulating aspect of these reports about ‘the Bank Job’ was that they both repeatedly blamed a single willow for causing the 10m deep incision that it was growing at the bottom of! No other causes were ever mentioned. Continue reading

Collateral Damage: How the Willow War Kills the Bushcraft Culture.

As a collaborative exercise in open Landcare discussion, Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare is keen to accept guest posts from contributors. See our collaborate—contribute page for suggested topic areas.

Below is a new post from Peter Marshall. Peter and Kate Marshall are Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare ‘Champions of the Catchment’. They live near Braidwood on their diverse forestry and truffle farm enterprise. For a more complete introduction check Peter’s earlier post.

Collateral Damage: How the Willow War Kills the Bushcraft Culture.

Thoughtful people mourn the loss of minority languages and cultures in Aboriginal lands, the Amazon and rainforests of Borneo. When the language that describes the ethnobotanicals of the rainforest dies, humanity loses that wisdom for ever. Yet the Willow War is complicit in the death of a culture right here at home. Wisdom we need more than ever.

Once upon a time Kurt Kremer got himself upset by the fiction of mass hybridisation. Mostly fantasy, as it turns out. Yet the simplistic call to war had appeal. Now it is near impossible to hold a sensible, nuanced discussion about Salix.

In not talking about Willows (and by association Poplars, then all exotics), one can’t talk about the whole Northern Hemisphere technology of woodland craft, based on deciduous tree resources. A cultural heritage some 10 thousand years in the making. As we can’t talk about its antecedents, we can’t talk about Australian bushcraft, with its European roots, and its role in creating contemporary landscape and economy. And so a whole field of human competency in working with nature is being extinguished. That language is no longer spoken and will soon be forgotten.

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‘Correspondence in’ from the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council

Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group was recently formally granted affiliate status by the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Council (a district Landcare association). This affiliation provides us and other local Landcare groups in the Upper-Shoalhaven catchment with insurance for members and volunteers for all Landcare sites, projects and events. The need for coverage is an annoyance, but remains a necessary evil for most community groups like ours.

Regardless of this, we are delighted and consider affiliation as somewhat of a milestone, as it signifies the arrival of our group as a member of the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare community. We look forward to interacting and sharing our learning experiences with our fellow Landcarers and others within the wider community in future. Continue reading

Retarding Australia to an ecological nonsense

It will no doubt become a recurring theme of Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare to point out the limited perspectives informing destructive nativist activities in Australia (and elsewhere). These perspectives are dominated by such a narrow form of Ecology that they are effectively a reductionist science (anathema to a broader Ecological epistemology and understanding).

‘Natural Ecology’, as it’s widely practiced by professional and lay-ecologists in environmental groups and NRM bureaucracies, has become simply a “science” of naming, categorising, and compiling inventories, of species. So much so that these preoccupations often substitute for any real knowledge of how bio-physical systems actually function.

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‘Correspondence In’ from the Minister for the Environment

Flood creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group has received an encouraging letter from The Honourable Greg Hunt, Federal Minister for the Environment (click link below).

Letter from Greg Hunt MP

This letter was a reply to our initial contact with Minister Hunt which drew his attention to our existence via this blog. We also outlined the reasons behind our establishment, especially in regard to the need for a reassessment of destructive and counterproductive nativist policies within Australian NRM approaches. Continue reading