Re: birding-aus Land restoration (Was native plants etc)

To: "Ian Montgomery" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Land restoration (Was native plants etc)
From: "Nigel Sterpin" <>
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 1999 19:25:39 +1100

1)      Take a drive along the Western Highway to Ballarat. See how much land is
bare in the median strip and along the sides of the road. Take a trip to
your local park, see how much area is bare. Walk along a street or streets
in your area, see how many nature strips don't have trees or native trees.
It may sound extreme, but these are simple examples.
2)      I would like an example of where and how revegetated land was better
than its natural self...I can't think of any. Basics of Evolution would
suggest that the environment of an area is at its most harmonious at that
point in time and is its 'hardiest'. The problem I believe is that man's
brain has evolved too fast relatively to the rest of the planet's species
3)      Let's start with pre-European settlement and then worry about
> From: Ian Montgomery <>
> To: Birding-Aus <>
> Subject: birding-aus Land restoration (Was native plants etc)
> Date: Sunday, February 14, 1999 12:30
> birding-aus
> >The main point is that we have to, as a nation, try to restore as much
> >as possible to its pre settlement self.
> This raises two questions:
> 1.  Why?
> 2.  What was its pre settlement self?
> 1. Why?  This is a value judgement that undisturbed land is always
> superior to _improved_ land.  Does it also mean that we can't manage land
> to help endangered species?  I am not trying to be facetious or
> here.  I am just suggesting that land management and restoration involve
> complex decisions and the reconciliation of different views and values.
> 2.  Pre-European or Pre-Aboriginal settlement?  Not only do natural
> change (naturally) over time it is also quite difficult to define what a
> natural state is.  Aboriginal land practices, particularly the use of
> had big impacts on the Australian landscape.  Do we want to go back to
> way things were in 1770, or would 60,000 years ago be better?
> Best regards,  Ian
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