Who We Are

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.

13 responses to “Who We Are

  1. Welcome to the struggle to prevent the pointless destruction of existing landscape. We invite you to write a guess post for Million Trees to tell our readers in the San Francisco Bay Area about your experiences.

  2. Correction: GUEST post….Sorry

    • I didn’t even notice the typo! Thanks very much for the welcome and for the invitation to post. I’ll put some thought into it and get in touch soon. Would also like to return the invite. We’d be very grateful for an overview of your local situation. You’re doing some great work at Death of a Million Trees. Similar problems of excess the world over.

      • Here are a couple of articles about Australia on Million Trees, which you are welcome to republish with attribution:
        http://milliontrees.me/2013/10/15/australian-dingo-a-controversial-predator/
        http://milliontrees.me/2014/01/07/the-new-nature-winners-and-losers-in-wild-australia-2/
        If there’s a specific topic that might interest your readers, I’m sure we can oblige. There are nearly 300 articles on Million Trees these days.

        It’s important for people everywhere to understand that nativism is an international phenomenon because the damage it is doing is universal. Science is making great strides to discredit the outdated “science” of invasion biology which is the underpinnings of nativism, but it will probably be another generation before this information becomes conventional wisdom.

        • Thanks again! Your site is a wonderful resource of information and ideas. I’d certainly recommend interested Landcarers check it out. I’m not sure how to ‘republish’, but I was looking at some dingo stuff last night and will construct a short post with reference. I hadn’t seen that work suggesting they weren’t solely responsible for the extinction of the mainland thylacine. It is a very common belief that they were. It’s strange, given the ecological-connectedness of everything, how we so often want to single out an individual species as ‘the culprit’ of changes we don’t like.

          We prefer reality when it’s nice and simple, don’t we!

  3. takebackthegreen

    Hello. Followed the link here from milliontrees blog. I’m sad to learn that the Nativist Religion also has a hold in your fine country. But it is good to see that there are advocates for rationality such as yourself.

    Personal note: Several of your expat species (called “weeds” here, of course, by the cult) are among my favorite trees in the world. Eucalyptus Sideroxylon is gothically beautiful, with incredible wood (sadly often available for scavenge after “thinning”).

    There is even a lone Huon Pine growing in San Francisco. I won’t say where, even though it is (I hope) safe in a private yard, rather than on public land.

    I look forward to the exchange of posts between this blog and milliontrees. milliontrees is an intelligent and insightful writer, as well as energetic and gracious advocate for “eco-sanity.”

    Good luck!

  4. Thanks for dropping by TBTG! And thanks for your words of encouragement. I actually always assumed Australia did nativism better than anyone. It was an eye opener to come across milliontrees and find the same cashed-up destructive madness happening over there. Drop by anytime.

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  6. A bit left of field my moderator but I seek you and readers indulgence.
    Here goes.
    I am encouraging the formation of a strictly local ‘community’ energy group in the Flood Creek , Bicentennial Park domain; in other words Braidwood and district.
    I have to say I am struck by the effectiveness of this platform initiative, what ever the outcome. So I want to borrow it!
    I am a ‘not only’ renewable energy co2 reduction advocate. In other words I promote anything local that achieves better outcomes than what we have to date. An optimizing mix of renewable and other forms of ‘local energy delivered and used more efficiently’ than is now the case. i’m all for renewables but in a ‘local full spectrum’ generation scenario. Micro grids feature high on my wish list.
    My proposal is for a submission to the NSW State Environment & Heritage for a sum of money to support that work. Current funding round closes 15th dec. I am hoping Braidwood Literary Institute Society will auspice such a group or form an alliance. My individual energy interests I hope could be broadened by posts to a separate section on this site. How say you mine moderator.
    Thanks
    robbo

    • Hi Rob,

      Personally, I see landcare in a broad sense as being about increasing ecologically sustainable human habitation of this continent. As a Landcarer my reason for involvement in a “Non-nativist Landcare” group is to try to help our Landcare community to expand its horizons beyond just “killing non-natives and planting gum trees”. Unfortunately, these are the activities most widely-supported by funding bodies and therefore are the low-hanging fruit for paid Landcare support officers who are under the pump to attract funding and stimulate Landcare projects. As a result, these narrowly-focused activities become the default for Landcare everywhere. They’re simple to conceive, simple to administer and they’re simply measured. Also, they align with the required outputs of sympathetic government agencies like the LLS. Furthermore, it’s much easier to keep a local Landcare group (or a green army) focused on a simple task like “weeding site X”, and this helps to deter philosophers, such as yourself, who might question the outcomes or rail against existing boundaries of group interest.

      I think, given the more expansive and integrated perspectives represented by Non-nativist Landcare, there is no reason why we couldn’t host a thread on ‘local community energy’. It would be great to have a post by you on the topic if you were keen, contact me by email on this if you’re interested. I couldn’t guarantee a lively discussion, but your suggestion also puts me in mind of the need for the online bulletin board I keep mentioning. Perhaps I’ll investigate this a little further and your suggestion would be it’s first topic thread. Keep in touch, Ben.

      PS we are our own moderators here Rob

  7. Just by the way, on the left sidebar above Recent posts the text says “nuturing an active landscape”, perhaps fix the missing R? 🙂

  8. At War with Nature: Corporate Conservation and the Extinction Industry…. a new book just released by WF Benfield…. Kindle e- edition available on line….

    This is a book about how the colonial destruction of one of the world’s most unspoiled wilderness areas has led to the growth of an international industry eradicating animals and plants which have been deemed to be “invasive”. That is because they are where pseudo-scientists say they should not be. What Australia and New Zealand began as an industrialised extermination has now become island eradications in many parts of the world. To expand and grow, it must either seek more islands, or widen its scope to cover whole nations; that is what it is now doing.

    The parasitic riders who drive this conservation gravy train are:-
    • Government conservation agencies who seek to increase their bureaucratic power and influence,
    • The agrochemical industry who supply the chemicals and poisons.
    • The powerful and wealthy conservation charities who whip up the concept of “threats to nature” as a way generating donations, bequests and corporate sponsorships.
    • The academic and science institutions who see in it a rich seam of grant money for supplying junk science in support of the eradication industry.

    Eradications are carried out on a scale reminiscent of the US military aerial deforestation of Vietnam with “agent orange”. Here, for all wildlife, the animals, birds and insects, the poisons used are super-toxins such as brodifacoum and 1080. For vegetation, they have devised new wonder chemical cocktails such as “Armageddon”. It is total ecosystem genocide.

    To whip up a public fervour to help justify such mass environmental poisoning, the people are fed the concepts of invasive pests and threats. Thus, harmless creatures are demonised and need be shown no mercy. By deliberate and devious propaganda, the public are kept unaware, that in the blinkered rush of zeal to kill “pests” and “predators”, the eradication industry is killing everything else, even the rare and endangered species such as an entire monitored population of rock wrens from an aerial 1080 poisoning at New Zealand’s Kuhurangi National Park.

    No doubt about it ~ ANZ are waging war against Nature.

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