One of our main aims, apart from achieving pollution-free self-sufficiency is to restore the forest that was destroyed here nearly 100 years ago as a result of barbarian and ignorant policy of the Australian government.
The policy was that unless people cleared their land from trees, the land was taken away from them. What followed was a systematic destruction of forests on a large scale. Trees were cut down, rolled to gullies and set on fire to burn for months. What an achievement ...
If you feel like doing something to restore the forest for future generations you can give us a hand. You can come here to Mt Best for a few days. We will provide accommodation, meals and thought provoking conversation in return for your help. Tasks include work in our native plant nursery, fencing, weed control and planting trees, depending on season and the phase of the project. Please contact Tom
We plan to gradually re-forest about 50 out of 63 ha of our property. While we applied for some grants to assist us in getting the necessary supplies, we need to contribute many years of our own labor.
Everyone knows how to destroy the forest. However, contacts with experts, local officials and those who tried reveal that no one really knows how to restore a forest eco-system from scratch. The main challenges are:
Unlike some state forests, our forest will never be cleared, simply because the owners of the land are committed to take care of it.