'Recreating the Country'

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'The ‘bible’ for a new form of re-vegetation – the ‘biorich plantation'; i.e. a blueprint for ways of adding habitat, improving productivity and designing more ‘wildlife-friendly’ properties.

Recreating the Country challenges landholders and land managers in general to consider new ways of thinking about how we might reverse the inexorable decline and disappearance of Australian plants and animals from rural landscapes.

While integrating conservation and production has become the catch-cry from foresters to dairy farmers, what can be practically done? This book provides the ‘stretch goals’ and the blueprint for ways of adding habitat, improving productivity and designing more ‘wildlifefriendly’ properties. It’s set to become the ‘bible’ for a new form of revegetation – the ‘biorich plantation.’ Integrated with other forms of vegetation, these would aim to enrich habitat potential across rural landscapes not just for a lifetime, but in perpetuity.

Author Stephen Murphy

Author Stephen Murphy asserts, we have to rethink our re-vegetation strategies to match the sophistication of
natural design principles.

Stephen believes that even the most well intentioned shelterbelts, Landcare plantings or mixed species farm forests lack the features to make them rich in critical habitat for wildlife, let alone capable of selfperpetuation for centuries to come. Pale shadows of a natural grassland, woodland or forest, they are destined to fail as a wellspring for native plants and animals. At the heart of Recreating the Country are ten design principles, observed from nature, which set out to bridge the gap between farm forestry and environmental plantings and bring back the bush in rural landscapes.


Please note change to formerly advertised date: the day is now November 28, so we can enjoy Sunday afternoon together.

Program:

1.30 – AGM
2.00 – 2:30 Presentation by Stephen Murphy, (probably in farm shed).
2.30 -3.30 - or 4.00 walk around property, and enjoy Stephen’s pantomime to be presented some time during the walk!
3.30ish or 4.00 afternoon tea

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