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Connecting Country

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, March 8, 2018/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, birds, sustainability, art and design, environment, adventure , plants


                             Watershed Restoration Project on Mount Alexander, Victoria (credit: Connecting Country)

Repair of damaged landscapes and recovery of wildlife species has been of long-term interest to this Journal. The restoration process endeavors to apply the principals of ecology and sustainbility into actual practice. No two projects are ever alike but they all begin with a concern to repair the damages form deforestation, overgrazing, or habitat competition from invasive species.

In Australia, land and wildlife restoration takes the form of what is called, 'bushcare'. Projects engage individuals and groups in specific, practical, on-the-ground efforts with measurable results. Connecting Country is one such group in the Australian state of Victoria. Members of the project plant saplings of Eucalyptus and other native plants to connect bits of remaining woodlands to each other. Connecting Country uses 'citizen scientists' to help in developing project designs, replanting species, and monitoring bird numbers and growith in species diversity as indicators of success.

One of the Group's founders explains their thinking:

Ecological restoration projects help in biological diversity improvement and can also create a sense of wonder and hope. They also offer science learning opportunities, are fun, and build community. A win, win, win situation all around.



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