Federation University held a site visit of around 40 restoration ecologists from around the world. They were attending a workshop on the 'Theory and Practice of Rehabilitation and Restoration,' organised by FU lecturer Singarayer Florentine.
BRT President Phil Kinghorn met them on site and explained how we used silvicultural principles to manage the plantation. Apparently, the 'theory and practice of rehabilitation and restoration' does not include either pruning or thinning. Once you plant it, don't touch it, so their theory goes.
They were particularly challenged by our plans to eventually introduce mosaic burning. Fire should be minimised, they said. They're obviously not fans of Stephen Pyne or Bill Gammage.
Present were Andre Clewell, the US founder and President of the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) and Tein McDonald from the Australasian branch (SERA).
Gib Wettenhall is interested in how we carry out large scale landscape restoration that involves the people who live in those landscapes. That, he believes, would build truly resilient landscapes.