Tag Archives: Erosion

Biological Restoration Methods report

We have added a new page to the blog. This page will host useful written reports and other information related to productive land management and repair, and to other topics of general relevance to Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare.

The first of these reports has been generously provided to us by Mari Korhonen who lived and worked in our region for several years, learning from a number of experienced land managers. The report provides a useful overview of historic stream degradation in southeast Australia, outlines some of the processes involved and discusses practical biological restoration methods.   Continue reading

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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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