Appropriate Approaches

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Popes Glen field day series :: Weeds :: AABR Field Day Sept 2017

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The Popes Glen Bushcare Group utilise strong monitoring regimes and the process of adaptive management to inform the treatment of Willows, Privet, Pine trees and Ranunculus groundcover. By careful observation of the impact of their works they have become adept at reinforcing positive outcomes and considering the recovery trajectory of the site to ensure the [...]

 

Popes Glen field day series :: Revegetation :: AABR Field Day Sept 2017

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The Popes Glen Bushcare Group set up a vegetation trial to determine what plants would survive in the harsh conditions of the weed infested silt flat. Armed with a successful species list, funding was sought and thousands of plants planted. Bird surveys have informed the revegetation process with bird habitat thickets unintentionally created from weed [...]

 

Popes Glen field day series :: Stormwater :: AABR Field Day Sept 2017

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Stormwater flows along the first kilometre of urban streams requires energy and nutrient loads to be managed effectively to ensure the downstream integrity of the riparian systems can be maintained. The Popes Glen Bushcare Group, with the support of the Blue Mountains Council have explored and implemented a variety of highly successful soft-engineering strategies to [...]

 

Popes Glen field day series :: Overview :: AABR Field Day Sept 2017

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This video is an introduction to the inspiring story of Popes Glen Bushcare Group who against the odds has successfully put a willow infested silt flat on the recovery trajectory towards an EEC, Blue Mountains Peat Swamp on Sandstone. The three videos in the series cover the topics of weeds, stormwater and revegetation. Topic [...]

 

Restoring underwater forests :: Ziggy Marzinelli :: Seminar 2016

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Ziggy Marzinelli shares the world of underwater kelp forest recovery. A 70km aquatic restoration project was designed to reinstate Sydney’s Phyllospora comosa - Crayweed forests, a valuable recreational fishing asset as well as a key component of the kelp forest underwater ecosystem. Ziggy’s project successfully reintroduced the missing ecosystem component. In doing so he reinstated [...]

 

Creating Waterponds to tackle the drought clay pans on the landscape :: Ray Thompson, Central West Local Land Services :: Broken Hill field trip 2017

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Arid landscapes that have lost their topsoil are subjected to erosive forces of wind and water to form a clay crust that prevents the growth of vegetation. Ray Thompson explains the technique of waterponding, which captures and directs water, slowing runoff and creating an environment for vegetation to reestablish. In the long-term wind erosion is [...]

 

Recovery from overgrazing in arid ecosystems. 90 years of change on the TGB Osborn Vegetation Reserve, Koonamore :: Russ Sinclair, University of Adelaide :: AABR Broken Hill field Trip 2017

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In 1926 the TGB Osborn Reserve on Koonamore Station was established by fencing 4km2 of the property to exclude sheep and rabbits, it is one of the earliest fencing projects in the world. Permanent photopoints and quadrats were established to monitor the changes. This project highlights the resilience of the natural landscape once threats are [...]

 

Restoring the Caledonian Forest in Scotland :: Alan Watson Featherstone :: ERA Conference Keynote 2016

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In pursuing a personal passion to restore the Caledonian Forests of Scotland, Alan Watson Featherstone developed an understanding of the key ecological principles needed to guide positive trophic cascades. By fencing remnant vegetation to reduce herbivory, ecological processes were reinstated to do the hard work of recovery. Rewilding projects are underway to complete ecosystem functionality. [...]

 

Norah Head Restoration and Rehabilitation :: Scott Meier, BARRC :: AABR Seminar 2013

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The process of facilitating the regeneration of a heavily weed infested, high profile coastal site at Norah Head Lighthouse Reserve is outlined by Scott Meier. Professional bush regenerators supported volunteers in tackling Bitou Bush, Lantana and a host of other introduced plant species. After three years there has been greater than 90% reduction in weed [...]

 

Protecting paradise – restoring the flora and fauna of World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island :: Hank Bower and Sue Bower, LHI Board :: AABR Forum 2016

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Hank and Sue Bower describe a unique assisted regeneration project that is aiming for complete eradication of vertebrate and weed species due to the isolation of Lord Howe Island. The World Heritage status and legal framework provides for unhindered access to all terrain across the island, enabling all pest populations to be targeted thanks to [...]

 

Restoration of a saltmarsh community :: Nerida Gill :: AABR Seminar 2013

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A concise case study outlining an offset transformation of a highly degraded saltmarsh community at Kurnell. Careful planning and extensive community education is helping to address years of degradation from vehicles and timber getting Unrestricted access to the site was curtailed by fencing. The community has been engaged around the benefits of food chain health [...]

 

Gooseberry and Hooka Islands: part of the Berkeley Nature Reserve, Illawarra, NSW. Gerard Proust. AABR Seminar 2013

This case study discusses how the key threatening process of exotic vines and scramblers and Lantana invasion were tackled on Gooseberry and Hooka Islands in Lake Illawarra. Perseverance and the Bradley methodology has seen the recovery of threatened species and the native vegetation community. Topic Mins: seconds Opening Title 00:00 Background- location, threats and [...]

 

Dune and Littoral Rainforest Restoration Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve :: Deb Holloman NPWS :: AABR Seminar 2013

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This video is a snapshot of the threats and restoration achievements at Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve on the Central Coast. Home of rare plants and the only lagoon that is surrounded by National Park in an urban setting it comes with its own unique set of human induced threats. Adaptive management quickly turned an act [...]

 

The Dewfish Demonstration Reach – Aquatic habitat restoration for native fish recovery :: Andrew Norris, Dept. Agriculture & Fisheries, QLD :: AABR Forum 2016

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This is an inspiring presentation that showcases a variety of strategies that were used to improve aquatic habitat. Approaches undertaken ranged from mechanical bank shaping to altering mowing practices, resnagging with whole trees to purpose built fish hotels. The detailed monitoring and commitment to community engagement has meant that the upward trajectory for in-stream restoration will continue beyond the funded project.

 

Subtropical rainforest restoration at the Rous Water Rainforest Reserve, Rocky Creek Dam, 1983-2016 :: Brett Weissel and Anthony Acret – Rous County Council :: AABR Forum 2016

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An inspiring case study of a remnant in the Big Scrub area being on the full recovery trajectory for restoration. Brett Weissel chronicles Rous Water’s restoration project which utilised innovative mechanical techniques to achieve successional transition illustrated in a very impressive recovery wheel.

 

Setting the scene – Introduction to National Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration :: Jen Ford :: AABR Forum 2016

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Jen Ford provides a brilliant 10 minute overview of the National Restoration Standards six principles and the contents of the document. Why have standards, what are they and how can they assist with on-ground restoration activities are all clearly explained. Topic Mins: seconds Titles 00:00 Background 00:08 Introduction to the standards 00:35 Relevance of [...]

 

Forty years of restoration and production on a working sheep station – Barrabool, NSW :: Martin Driver, ANPC and pastoralist :: AABR Seminar 2016

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Martin Driver's 5000ha grazing property has been in the family for many years. Martin outlines the transformations that have occurred as a result of fencing, the resilience of the landscape and the lessons he has learned in managing the land for grazing, protection of endangered plant communities and environmental outcomes. The talk is presented within [...]

 

Back to Basics with a twist. Reflections from a local government bush regeneration program :: Karin Nippard and Andrew Jennings :: AABR Forum 2016

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Councils undertaking ecological restoration projects have an additional suite of challenges to deal with. This presentation outlines the reality of working on-ground within a council system, how bush regeneration principles are applied under strategic parameters and the critical role and importance of volunteers in enhancing on-ground outcomes, education and leveraging funding. This video also provides [...]

 

Wetland restoration case studies from the Discovery Bay Coast in South Australia and Victoria :: Mark Bachmann, Nature Glenelg Trust :: AABR Forum 2016

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Just add water...Three wetland restoration case studies are presented by Mark Bachmann which outline the historical basis for the degradation, the process of identifying viable project sites and the setting of goals to deliver significant wetland restoration. Mark references the Six Principles in the National Restoration Standards to highlight their relevance in designing, monitoring and [...]

 

Planning, implementation and results of a constructed saltmarsh at Penrhyn Estuary, Port Botany :: Peggy O’Donnell, Geoff Sainty and Mia Dalby-Ball :: Seminar 2014

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The reconstruction of saltmarsh at Penrhyn Estuary, Botany Bay, Sydney for migratory shorebirds is an insightful case study that details the process of accommodating habitat shifts in an industrially impacted intertidal zone. Project planner Geoff Sainty effused about the 15 year long project, ‘if there’s any chance to get involved in working with saltmarsh get [...]

 

Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub Restoration and management at North Head Sanctuary, Manly, NSW :: Peter Jensen :: Seminar 2013

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Peter Jensen from the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust outlines the tools and techniques that have been trialed to assist the restoration Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS) at North Head Sanctuary. The site holds nearly half of the remaining ESBS (77ha) and professional and volunteers bush regenerators have utilised three different strategies to assist restoration; regeneration [...]

 

Goals and logistics of restoring grassy understoreys on mined land in the Hunter :: Tim Berryman :: Seminar 2014

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Tim Berryman is at the coalface of restoration, developing strategies and processes to reinstate grassy understory local plant assemblages on mine rehabilitation sites. This presentation outines the who, what, where, when, why and how of grassy understory restoration. Tim discusses the importance of partnerships and the need to push the boundaries in order to develop [...]

 

Management of Bare-nosed wombats within an environmental restoration project, Cobbitty, NSW :: Brendon Levot :: Seminar 2013

Brendon Levot from Toolijoola discusses the management of African olives and the Bare-nosed Wombat on a 27ha environmental restoration project at Cobbitty. The process of looking after the animals to ensure their survival as well as the plants in the revegetation project is discussed. Topic Mins: seconds Introduction 00:17 Project description/location 00:31 African Olive [...]

 

Integrating remnant regeneration, regrowth and plantings across an agricultural landscape – Big Scrub Rainforest, northern NSW :: Mike Delaney :: Seminar 2013

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If you want to be inspired by a catchment based landcare group, the video of the Big Scrub landcare group, is well worth a watch. Mike Delaney, from EnVite outlines the strategic approach of the landcare group towards education and re-establishing corridors across the Big Scrub, an area just east of Lismore on the far [...]

 

Mount Annan Cumberland Plain seed production area, Australian Botanic Garden :: Peter Cuneo, Jordan Smith and Gavin Phillips :: Field day 2015

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The Mt Annan seed production facility is focussed around growing native grasses for revegetation. The video covers the learning that has evolved to understand the process behind the establishment of the seed production areas. Topic Mins: seconds Purpose 00:18 – 00:47 Species, densities and area 00:47 – 2:30 and 9:17 – 9:32 Site preparation [...]

 

Cook’s River naturalisation, Sydney :: Dan Cunningham :: Seminar 2014

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Dan Cunningham from Sydney Water describes the reconstruction of ‘one of the most polluted waterways in Australia’, Cooks River, west of Sydney airport. An alternative to reconcreting was proposed to a highly engaged community that involved renewal of trapezoid concrete channels to regraded and naturalised vegetated banks. A great example of a paradigm shift in [...]

 

Reconstruction of native plant communities on rock dumps in Kosciuszko :: Elizabeth MacPhee :: Seminar 2014

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Reconstruction of native plant communities on rock dumps in Kosciusko National Park explores the process of redressing the impacts of 400 disturbed sites that were created during the construction of the Snowy Hydro scheme, a $1,548,443 project. Elizabeth MacPhee talks through the logistics and the process of reshaping steep rock dumps, organic enhancement with scavenged [...]

 

Helping Saltmarsh Recover in the Hunter River Estuary, NSW :: Peggy Svoboda :: Seminar 2014

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Peggy Svoboda has been helping Saltmarsh to recover on the Hunter River Estuary near Newcastle in NSW. This video outlines the significant benefits of the restoration project as a Ramsar site of significance for migratory shorebirds and the process of constructing saltmarsh communities. Contouring of the landscape, Juncus acutus removal and riparian restoration in the [...]

 

Large scale reconstruction of semi-arid ecosystems in south-west Western Australia :: Justin Jonson :: Seminar 2014

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This video describes a landscape scale project, Gondwana link, which aims to connect a fragmented landscape in Western Australia from the wet forests to the deserts. The process of gathering information to build a picture of the landscape vegetation communities and the continuous improvement cycle which saw the on-ground restoration delivered in ‘broad brush strokes [...]

 

Restoration, Regeneration and Resilience in the tropics :: Nigel Tucker :: Seminar 2014

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If you want to be inspired by the regenerative capacity of nature, Nigel Tucker’s talk reflecting on his lifelong observations and monitored project outcomes is the video for you. The role of disturbance and dispersal is discussed in the context of regeneration and resilience using the example of a 300km pipeline in PNG. The effects [...]

Links to videos that align with the regenTV themes

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This page contains lots of links to presentations from conferences and field days that align with the regenTV themes and support the learning resources. These videos have been produced by the event organisers.

Appropriate approaches

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These resources explore Principle 2 of the Standards and identifying the appropriate ecological restoration approach. The fact sheet discusses how site resilience is assessed and the obstacles to recovery that need to be considered in choosing a restoration approach. The worksheet requires students to explore a local site and conduct a resilience assessment as well as deepening their understanding of why certain approaches are undertaken through video case studies.

Acknowledgement

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RegenTV is AABR’s online repository of ecological restoration case studies filmed at field trips, forums and seminars. The three year program has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust. The comprehensive and inspirational collection of bush regeneration expertise is being compiled into video format by Virginia Bear of Little Gecko Media [...]

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