Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group is a small group of concerned Landcarers who seek to promote discussion and debate among grassroots members of the Landcare community on the treatment of non-native species within Australia. We also hope to provide others with an insight into the nature of this discussion and debate. We do not believe that various government employees, who are often relied upon to represent the Landcare movement, are able to raise and discuss these matters on our behalf.
Currently, our primary output is this collaborative blog which is managed by Ben Gleeson*. To focus attention on the issues involved, this blog has a role in documenting the environmental benefits of non-natives in Australian landscapes. It will also seek to document some of the ecological damage regularly caused by eradication programs within our demonstrably non-native modern environment.
A further task may be to ask: ‘should compassion play a role in our treatment of non-natives or do non-humans (especially non-native non-humans) lack rights to compassionate consideration?’
Above all, this discussion is inspired by the goal of taking a more ecologically-based and functional approach to Australian socio-ecological systems and their health. We seek to highlight the inconvenient-truth that rational environmental management can never be based upon a simple mantra of “natives good, non-natives bad”. Extermination is rarely an effective way to promote landscape diversity and resilience. Please have a look at the ‘collaborate-contribute‘ page for further indication of the kinds of topics this blog will attempt to cover. We welcome your input to the discussion.
*Ben Gleeson completed a Bachelor of Land Management (Ecological Agriculture) degree at Charles Sturt University in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in 2013. He has been a member of Friends of the Mongarlowe Inc. since 2006 and the Braidwood Urban Landcare Group (as Secretary) since 2007. For two years (’12-’14) he served on the Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Council (District Landcare Association) as Secretary. He is a founding member of Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group.