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September 10, 2003

Wildlife Corridor - Thankyou to landowners

Dianne sent this thankyou to landowners for participating in the wildlife corridor planning


Thank you for being part of the proposed Tyagarah
Wildlife and Vegetation Corridor, which has just been
submitted to Council. Although it may seem a small and
unimportant thing right now, can you envisage the
results for Tyagarah 20, 50 or 100 years in the
future? Can you picture a landscape lush with
paperbark swamps and forests of the teaks, cedars,
tallowwoods and red gums that earlier generations cut
down and never replaced? Can you picture the return of
the forests that serve many purposes, as habitat for
our endangered native animals and smaller plants, as
high quality timber for our children's and
grand-children's furniture, building and income, as
landscape beautifiers and purifiers of our air and
water, all at a time when the world's forests are
severely diminished? Can you imagine koalas having
their babies in your back yard, and the songs of
hundreds of different kinds of native birds and frogs?

September 2003

Dear Tyagarah Landholders,

Thank you for being part of the proposed Tyagarah
Wildlife and Vegetation Corridor, which has just been
submitted to Council. Although it may seem a small and
unimportant thing right now, can you envisage the
results for Tyagarah 20, 50 or 100 years in the
future? Can you picture a landscape lush with
paperbark swamps and forests of the teaks, cedars,
tallowwoods and red gums that earlier generations cut
down and never replaced? Can you picture the return of
the forests that serve many purposes, as habitat for
our endangered native animals and smaller plants, as
high quality timber for our children's and
grand-children's furniture, building and income, as
landscape beautifiers and purifiers of our air and
water, all at a time when the world's forests are
severely diminished? Can you imagine koalas having
their babies in your back yard, and the songs of
hundreds of different kinds of native birds and frogs?


The things that people will value in the future will
be different from what we value now. Manicured,
European-style gardens and fields of exotic plants
will be things of the past. The people of the future
will want and need large, healthy stands and corridors
of local native vegetation filled with native animals.
This preference is already beginning to be expressed
and realized. Life on planet Earth requires high
biodiversity for its survival, and that includes us.
The best way to bring back high biodiversity is to
restore lots of what was originally here, and to learn
to use it sustainably and live in harmony with it.

Here is your copy of the Corridor proposal, along with
a list of useful contacts and of the landholders who
are currently active parts of the corridor, who in
their varying ways are helping to restore and connect
the remnants of original native vegetation. There are
no doubt many others I have not yet reached whose
hearts are open to this vision, who would love to see
where their property fits into the bigger picture, and
who would love to talk with you and share ideas,
photos, seeds, resources, knowledge and skills. So
here is an invitation to share this proposal with all
the locals you live near or meet. And here also is an
opportunity to recognize that, even if we don't
necessarily like or get on with our neighbours, we are
all valuable parts of our community with our own
unique contributions to add, and the care of our land
and our future depends upon us working together to the
best of our ability.

The Big Picture can be intimidating and people often
say "It's hopeless; what can one little person like me
do?" But throughout all of human history, the biggest
changes have been initiated by tiny groups of people
with a vision, and consolidated by lots of people
doing their own little bit knowing that they are part
of that vision. So all of you, as residents of
Tyagarah, are part of a greater vision and each little
bit that you contribute is a precious part of our
future.

Thank you,

Dianne Trussell
on behalf of the Tyagarah Community

Posted at September 10, 2003 12:00 AM

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