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Acknowledgement of CountryFriends of the Box Ironbark Forests would like to acknowledge the elders of the Dja Dja Wurrung community and their forebears as the traditional owners of Country in the Mount Alexander Region. We recognise that the Dja Dja Wurrung people have been custodians of this land for many centuries and have performed age old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal on their land. We acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.
New Eucalyptus Book!
Mosses of Dry Forest book
Author Archives: fobif
FOBIF representatives met with Mount Alexander Shire officers last Monday to discuss roadsides in the shire. The meeting related to planning scheme amendments designed to put protection overlays on some roadsides. FOBIF supports Council initiatives in this area, but we … Continue reading
FOBIF has made a submission to the process of updating the Castlemaine Diggings NHP Heritage Action Plan [now known as the Heritage Landscape Management Framework]. Our view can be roughly summed up in the words of the old Heritage Plan: … Continue reading
A solid group of walkers was guided by Jeremy Holland through some remote corners of Mount Alexander east on Sunday. The walk started with a pleasant stroll along the water race, before angling up the mountain south of Aqueduct Creek: … Continue reading
Parks Victoria has released the results of its survey of users of the Castlemaine Diggings NHP. There were 265 responses to the online survey. While such a voluntary survey has inbuilt problems of reliability, the results are probably a good … Continue reading
FOBIF has undertaken the production of a field guide to local Acacias, modelled on its guide to local Eucalypts. Like the Eucalypt guide it will be directed at beginners, and will be generously illustrated with photos to help identification. The … Continue reading
FOBIF has written to the Mount Alexander Shire asking for a meeting to discuss the Council’s plans on roadside vegetation [see our Post] Our concerns relate to work in progress maps we have seen which seem to completely overlook some … Continue reading
With apologies, here’s a statement of the obvious: roads aren’t just bare surfaces for carrying vehicles. They’re framed by roadside reserves, which carry some very important vegetation. Mount Alexander Shire Council is preparing a planning scheme amendment to insert a … Continue reading
The reason we started the last post by stating the obvious is that, maybe, the obvious is not so obvious. On glancing through 1998 Roadsides Management Strategy we came across this sentence, referring to machinery working on roadsides: ‘Blades on slashers … Continue reading
Local cartographer Mal ‘Jase’ Haysom has just released the latest in his series of excellent maps, this one being of the Muckleford Forest. The map can be found at the website of Cartography Community Services, along with others in the … Continue reading
Extensive media coverage, accompanied by plenty of smoke haze: DELWP’s autumn management burning program is now underway. Although this program is regularly described as an ecological exercise, no one is really under any illusion: it’s an effort to protect communities … Continue reading