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
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
….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
Posted in Landcare, Nativist Ideology, Non-Nativism, Willows
Tagged Erosion, erosion prevention, fish habitat, incision, Landcare, Landscape function, nativism, nativist ideology, Natural Resource Management, natural sequence farming, NRM, river dynamics, The Landcare Perspective, Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Council, Upper-Shoalhaven Landcare Perspective, war on weeds, weeds, willow destruction, willows
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