My comments in the Guardian.

When I removed some camphor trees years ago, by chopping them down, I followed up for a year after, to snip off any new shoots. The camphor succumbed and red cedars, pencil cedars had already established as seedlings. It is not a one off commitment. It depends on regular follow ups where you really begin to see how nature rebounds.

Its all about labor.

Many young people are seeking direction. Give them guardian ship of what is called degraded environments, work from the soil up and within weeks many will realize nature is the best teacher of all.

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Caring for our wild-life and nature is beyond most Australians. Our cities sprawl, our houses are too big, modern media is full of ads urging us to buy more rubbish or renovate every couple of years.

Most people who do want to do something think applying a poison to an ‘invasive’ species on our flora is the cure.

Few have bothered to look at how many birds ect have adapted to our changing environment which gathered pace as soon as Europeans set foot on this land.

We work methodically here with a brush hook and machete slashing and mulching lantana. Slowly, because we witness what we see and gradually so adaptation for the creature who uses the so called invasive can relocate. Getting the right worker is the problem. Physical activity is more likely to be watched on a screen or played out in a gym.

I see how our efforts here over 20 years have brought more birds, more wallabies, more snakes, lizards ect to occupy this end of the valley.

When the introduced Coral trees were poisoned down our valleys I watch many more honey eaters, lorikeets flock into my remaining Coral trees for the winter flowering.

Now the camphor is being targeted with glyphosate poisoning despite the camphor now being a major source of food and habitat for many birds, butterflies and insects.

Short sightedness, easy short term feel good approaches and funds, which favor herbicide use, is a major contributor to our environments rapid decline.

I recommend Fred Pearce’s THE NEW WILD where he documents the niches and evolution introduced plants are playing in the niches human activity has provided.

And it can be done as we witness here but it will depend on real on the ground physical labor as it was done when the first red cedar worker came and removed all the hard wood a century ago.

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