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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Connecting Country

       Upland watershed restoration plantings Mount Alexander, Victoria Australia  (credit: Connecting Country)

Repair of damaged landscapes and the recovery of wildlife species has been of long interest for this Journal. Restoration endeavors to apply ecological principals in actual practice. No two projects are alike but they all begin with a concern to repair landscapes denuded by deforestation, overgrazing, or habitat competition from invasive species.

In Australia, land and wildlife restoration is known as, bushcare. These efforts engage individuals and groups in specific, practical, on-the-ground programs that produce measurable results. Connecting Country is one such group in the Australian state of Victoria. Members gather to plant tree saplings, usually Eucalyptus species, and other native plants to reconnect bits of remaining woodlands to each other. Connecting Country is a good example of 'citizen scientists' who help in  project design, implementation, as well as monitoring birds, animals and vegetation regrowth. These are the real indicators of ecological restoration success.


One of the Connecting Country's founders explains their thinking:

Landscape restoration helps biological diversity, improve water supplies, and creates a sense of wonder and hope. Such projects offer direct opportunities to apply science, are fun, and build community spirits. They are win, win, win situations all around.


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