It's not all about trees
The fact is that the coldest and driest landscapes ( more than1/2 earth) have soils and stable ecosystems where trees are not suited and therefore of secondary importance and shorter life within the system .Such trees rely on hard and large seed which can last for decades and between fires Trees also are not suited to poorly drained soils making them not the key objective in regeneration .
In regeneration areas, the planting of isolated trees native to the area may not make any substantial ecological sense because those trees need a forest for company to thrive and survive , Typically , a wide range of eucalyptus will have their leaves pruned off them very easily if planted in isolation.
IMPACT ON ELECTION RESULTS
Recently as part of the federal election campaign the major opposition party used the shallow preoccupation with trees to infer a problem with farmers ; clearing of wattles and overmature dead trees was seen as a problem for many. Even the ABC 's landline program failed to put the picture of rRangeland ecology in a way which would have supported the farmers case for clearing more objectively .
Here is my submission
There is no need for more legislation to control clearing of forest to agriculture Only a few acres of freehold forest is ever likely again to be converted to agriculture in the future as the State legislation is tight . We know it appeals to the city at election time to spread more panic amongst the city. Fitzgibbon could say “ We, unlike the Greens, happen to know that blokes featured on Landline mostly just want to clear wattles and overmature growth from their grazing properties . These trees are only temporary and only grow because their land is not overgrazed.”
“The farmers are looking after this grazing land ,and if they are not, their leases would be cancelled – been that way for decades . We should be supporting this form of freehold and leasehold rangeland management, not poking our noses in with ignorance and fear like the Greens do. These areas are natural rangeland ecosystems where grass is the dominant vegetation”. Why are the fearful trying to stop the farmers from doing what the fungi , fire and ants will do anyway .Why don’t you prosecute these animals and the elephants of Africa for sending the carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere?
if you in the party were serious about a CC policy that works, you would have had a tax on city tractors yesterday . No I said, a decade ago ! It’s not about integrity , it’s about winning votes.
This is allocated managed rangeland and unless you want to buy the whole lot back you are saying they can’t control weeds and regenerate pasture like the aborigines did and do. “
If Fitzgibbon and Butler had any integrity they would say to their party, we don’t want any more of our agents killed on the farmers doorsteps trying to tell the farmers they are getting free lightbulbs but taking away their livelihood. We would be more honest to say the United Nations require us to buy back your farms and then do it – if we really believed it was such a necessary policy. “
If Fitzgibbon and Butler had any integrity they would say to their party” we can’t do this” “If this is how we win elections I want no part of it.” .
“If that is how they win elections, I want no part of it “
I write 5 weeks before the election . the recognition of this slight of hand takes some work es as CC ( climate change or supposed heating due to higher Co2 ) is the large elephant or should I say sacred cow in the room .