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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Last Wednesday, Flood Creek Non-Nativist Landcare Group were privileged and delighted to be visited by David Holmgren, co-originator of the Permaculture concept. David had been in Canberra attending a panel discussion and screening of the film ‘Surviving Earth’ as well as giving a public lecture titled ‘Future Scenarios and Solutions’, a topic he discusses in his stimulating book ‘Future Scenarios’ (free to read online). In order to maximise the value of his trip to the ACT and southern tablelands region David also visited Braidwood to touch base with our group and get to know a few of the local Landcarers. Continue reading
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Tagged David Holmgren, Flood Creek, Landcare, non-destructive revegetation, Permaculture, public parks, urban creeks, weeds, willow destruction, willow management, willow removal, willows
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