Philosophy
Aspects of our ecological weed management:

A holistic approach that considers the living and the non-living ecological elements, all trophic levels and all life stages of plants;
Works with the natural processes to develop better strategies to fulfil the ecological functions of pioneer vegetation;
Protects soil health – of primary importance;
Uses long-term planning processes rather than short-term goals recognising the time frames in which environmental damage has occurred;
Identifies disturbance processes that lead to vegetation changes;
Uses an ecological understanding of weeds and their roles as the foundation of an effective management program. Many non-climax weeds can be part of succession and even climax weeds can be strategically used;
Restores natural systems which enables them to be self-sustaining and self-perpetuating;
Observes the natural process of succession and does not aim to ‘plant’ unless the situation requires it;
Develops a relationship to country, fostering connection and care;
Is knowledge intensive and allows for learning on the job via observation.
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