The North East Bioregional Network supports a consistent ecologically based approach to conservation as so beautifully expressed by Aldo Leopold:
“Conservation is a state of harmony between humans and the land. By land is meant all the things on, over or in the earth. Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend, you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators; you cannot conserve the waters and waste the ranges; you cannot build the forest and mine the farms. The land is one organism" Aldo Leopold in THE SAND COUNTY ALMANAC
One of the main reasons for forming the North East Bioregional Network is to promote a long-term and consistent nature ethic based on an understanding that all of nature has value.
The term bioregional has 3 meanings:
- Recognising the scientific notion of bioregions which have particular natural characteristics including specific suites of flora and fauna species
- The philosophy of bioregionalism which acknowledges the value of other species and concepts such as limits to growth, sense of place and the intrinsic value of biodiversity
- Using bioregions as a guide to establish political boundaries and ensuring laws and policies are holistic and explicitly protect, maintain and restore ecological integrity and ecosystem resilience.
Our key goals include:
- Increase the amount of dedicated Conservation Areas in North East Tasmania.
- Improve and maintain connections between the Coast and Hinterland areas.
- Increase Conservation Covenants and Land for Wildlife registration to improve connectivity on private land between Public Conservation Areas.
- Access funding for restoration work and weed/feral animal control
- Ensure management of public and private land maintains and improves ecological resilience and integrity
- Strengthen land use planning and environmental laws
- Expand environmental education in schools and the broader community