The Moorabool Landcare Network (MLN) was established in 2011/12 from 12 landcare groups and 5 environmental community groups that operate within the Shire of Moorabool. Its purpose is to provide support to landcare groups in their management of natural resources and facilitate landscape scale projects in the area of biodiversity conservation, pest plant and animal control and sustainable agriculture. In order to strengthen its on-ground activities several working groups have been established, including the Total Ecosystem Management Group (TEMG). A group has has largely been focussed on establishing Analog Forestry in the region which includes about 2100 square kilometers. The Moorabool Landcare Network is one of 11 networks within the Port Phillip and Western Port Catchment Management Authority (PPWCMA). An Analog Forestry workshop was undertaken on 28th April to 2nd May to investigate the technique.
To build the knowledge and understanding of Analog Forestry amongst farmers in the Moorabool Landcare Network to facilitate the implementation of AF in Southeast Australia. The AF workshop accomplished this by:
1)Introducing the concepts of Analog Forestry to farmers
2)Providing confidence and experience in using the tools and processes of AF;
3)Providing knowledge to the farmers in Moorabool Landcare Network to enable decisions regarding implementeation of AF on their properties;
4)Providing one-to-one guidance on species selection and design considerations to establish AF in 2014/15
By: Anthony Dufty. For more information, see the Moorabool Landcare Network’s website at http://www.mln.org.au/