The Garden of Eden luring Millions of Humans

The Eden Projects lures humans with inspiration before attempting education…

A ‘Boy’s Own’ Hawaiian Eco-adventure

“In a nutshell the army has to adhere to the Endangered Species Act… nothing can go extinct on their their watch.” This guest-post from my mate Graham Fifield (of Flick and Fly Journal) undertaking an internship in Hawaii, gives Australia great insights into how much communities will invest in saving species when they are [nearly] […]

Operation Bounceback taking a giant stride forward

For 23 years ‘Operation Bounceback’ has been fighting feral animals in the Flinders Ranges. Imagine seeking an annual budget for the same project 23 times! That takes vision, commitment, determination, quality and the support of about 10 different Ministers. At the 20 year celebration, it was highlighted ‘SA Government, staff, volunteers, landholders and local communities […]

Nature Behind the Scenes

“If a tree falls in the woods in 2015 it will probably be recorded, and we have another year of surprises to look forward to…” The great wildlife camera trap tales of 2014 According to my Twitter profile, I have been on social media since 2010.  It seems to me the camera trap really came […]

Innovation and the ‘normal no’

‘there is a need to identify innovative models for ensuring protected area success; in other words, to encourage the wider community to take collective responsibility for protected areas’ (in the pre-eminent “Nature” this week – Watson et al 2014). Presumably the publication of this article is designed to coincide with the World Parks Congress in […]

Nature Seemingly Springs Eternal in Alice

“it is lovely when a symbol like that can help connect you to a new place” OK – I wasn’t prepared. All those maps of Australia show Alice Springs as the dot in the middle. All those maps are two-dimensional. I expected, for some reason, a flat depauperate ‘desert’ landscape. And I am supposed to […]

Focusing on the bottom line to improve landscape health

We need a better business case for landscape repair… The Australian landscape we were handed has much room for improvement; from aesthetic, biodiversity and production perspectives. Much of the work to be done needs a partnership approach between landholders – mostly primary producer businesses – and investors – mostly government agencies investing for public good. In […]

Landscape Repair – Who Should Pay?

“expenditure on programs to restore the landscape shouldn’t be accounted as an ‘expense’, these costs should be capitalised, recognising they are investments in the Australian landscape asset that will harvest returns for generations” Australia is an ancient continent. After tens-of-thousands of years of indigenous use of the already-old land, we decided to ramp up our […]