Posts Tagged ‘stewardship’

Wildlife leaves Glyphosate Bank – finds refuge in Organic Garden

March 22, 2009

21-03-2009Previous Bluecray articles have dealt with consequences of using herbicides in land stewardship. I have written these stories around Butterflies, Rufous Bettongs, Goannas and Frogs. The stories have links below.

However, there are many small animals (vertebrate and non vertebrate) that inhabit the weedy areas of the Mt Warning Caldera Region.  Some of these weed infested areas are often chosen for active land management , such as revegetation, habitat enhancement and enforced weed management.

I would like to say more about glyphosate and lantana management.

There is a trend to mass spray herbicides to manage the threat of Lantana, as it overtakes poorly managed land throughout SE QLD and NE NSW and much of Australia. This is being done in the name of BIODIVERSITY, habitat restoration and healing the land. However, the irony of it all, is that the acts of clearing, herbicide use and mass “management” actions, unless followed up immediately by vigilant seeding, planting, stock management and general land stewardship, will create more areas of threatened biodiversity and more areas of “weed”.

weeds.org.au – An Australian Weeds Committee National Initiative – Weeds PORTAL

Weeds.org.au – about John Thorp – policy and weed strategy directions

The Dynamics of Lantana camara Invasion of subtropical Rainforest in SE Queensland  by Daniel Stock – at Australian Digital Thesis Program (Griffith University 2005)

Macleay’s Swallowtail – a beautiful green and brown butterfly – bluecray.org

Philosophy of Environmental Destruction in the Name of Healing -bluecray.org

Litoria species – a little Frog of Wetlands, Forests and Woodlands – Habitat Care and Stewardship – bluecray Balance of Faeries blog

PK & Litoria look for Rufous Bettong – a threatened species listed as vulnerable by the NSW Government – bluecray Balance of Faeries blog

Rufous Bettong and the Glyphosate Bank – bluecray.org

PK and Litoria look for Rufous Bettong, and on the way, meet up with Goanna – bluecray Wisdom in the Land blog

Goanna leaves the glyphosate Bank, the butterflies leave too – bluecray Wisdom in the Land blog

Why Goanna left the Glyphosate Bank - bluecray.org

Growing by Organics – Food Gardens and Sharing – bluecray Wisdom in the Land blog

Land and Water Stewardship in the Mt Warning Caldera Region  - food for thought – bluecray.org

 

The Mt Warning Caldera Region has many disturbed, poorly managed lands and waterways. Lantana, Camphor Laurel and many other "weed" species abound. There is a trend for revegetation projects, (land for Wildlife, landcare, caring for our country etc) to incorporate herbicide spraying into the projects. Many projects are along waterways.

The Mt Warning Caldera Region has many disturbed, poorly managed lands and waterways. Lantana, Camphor Laurel and many other "weed" species abound. There is a trend for revegetation projects, (land for Wildlife, landcare, caring for our country etc) to incorporate herbicide spraying into the projects. Many projects are along waterways.

Corridors Conservation and Phantom Koala

January 30, 2009

Vegetation Fragmentation of Koala Corridors in Tweed Shire : Roads and roadworks pose a threat to Koala Habitats and Koala general health,  well being and ultimate survival within the Tweed Shire Area of the Mt Warning Caldera Region. With every new development comes a new road……….

Phantom Koala travels to Mt Warning to visit his family

Phantom Koala travels to Mt Warning to visit his family

It’s a beautiful day here in the Mt Warning Caldera, (NE NSW & SE QLD), Australia – I have  been travelling about the country here (by road!!!), taking photos for some articles on vegetation fragmentation, roadsides, transport and utilities’ corridors. My focus was land management and stewardship. Tweed Shire has plenty to offer, when it comes to photographic opportunities in this field! New highways, old highways, dirt roads, culverts, local road verges, power line corridors, new developments, roundabouts galore and more. 

Hopefully these articles write themselves soon!!!

Meanwhile, please meet Phantom Koala! or PK as his friends call him. PK will be taking many of the journeys about the countryside with me, and he sometimes has alot to say about what he sees,  so feel free to drop back into the website, and see what PK has to say! And, I may even have an article on roadsides and corridor conservation posted by then.

And,  it is not only Tweed Shire that the threat of continuing fragmentation of Koala corridors is happening:-

Two adjoining Council areas – the Gold Coast City Council and the Byron Shire Council also have plenty of new roads and developments just finished or in the pipeline! 

 

google HTML documents of the PDF files:-

Tugun Bypass Environmental Impact StatementTechnical Paper Number 12 – Flora and Fauna Assessment : Flora and Fauna AssessmentQueensland Department of Main Roads:-

  • Appendix D Survey for Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals Inhabiting the Northern Section of the Proposed Tugun Bypass (Hero et al. 2001a)
  • Appendix C Survey of Reptiles, Amphibians and Mammals Inhabiting Coastal Lowland Areas Associated with the Proposed Tugun Bypass (Hero et al.2000)

Some other Koala LINKS:-

  • List of Useful Koala References   at  Koala Research in Queensland
  • Advice to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) on Amendments to the list of Threatened Species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) : not eligible  (i am not sure of the date of this document)


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