The Regeneration of degraded ex farmland into new rain-forest.
My main work during the last 16 years has been to manually remove the lantana with the use of brush-hooks, loppers and good old fashioned labour. This method mulches the pulled lantana which covers the exposed soil therefore preventing erosion and excessive exposure to the sun. Also the wilting lantana foliage provides a perfect germinating nursery for sleeping seedlings. By this method I have seen a complete recovery of large areas with a wide variety of indigenous trees now providing a sufficient canopy. Follow up work is required until the indigenous trees have reached above the ground plants.
Being Able to Employ Young Workers to whom I can pass on my accumulated Knowledge which I have gained from My 16 years of Herbicide-Free Regeneration Work.
My efforts here are now attracting nation wide attention due to my herbicide-free approach. This property, of just under 200 acres, now hosts a wider variety of animals, from koalas to swamp wallabies including the endangered red leg pademelon. A wide variety of birds, from the tiny wrens to the wedge tail eagle and bazza hawks along with the Regent and Satin Bower birds. The Albert Lyre bird now inhabits a regenerated gully that runs from Night-Cap National park to the boundary with my certified organic gardens.
A count of 10 species of frog were recorded last wet season. No cats or feral dogs or cane toads are acceptable intruders on the property.
As we progress I hope to expand the catalogues I keep to include the unidentified fungis, insects and weeds that birds and the wind bring in.
My blog will provide an over view of our progress here.
What you will be supporting by donating is my ability to employ more young people who want to work repairing and regenerating degraded environments but DO NOT want to use and be exposed to herbicides. More evidence of the wide range of negative effects most herbicides contribute to our ecology is becoming more widely accepted. The Weeds network and National Toxic web sights are useful in expanding my awareness. Also with the recent findings from the World Health Organisation which now find Glyphosate ( Round-UP) is a probable carcinogen leading to cancer.
I pay $30 an hour which insures me my workers work hard along-side of myself. Our work season usually begins during March, cooler days, and continues until October, weather permitting. Another way to get involved if you are a keen photographer of minute life forms, then you could take advantage of accommodation here with vegetarian food for a week of relaxation, bush-walks and observation.