So the 'removal' of the blackberry on Mount Canobolas somehow transforms the area from being non-wilderness, into pristine wilderness, does it?
Removal, off course, meaning blokes in 4WD with spray units on the back, containing a broad-leaved plant killer, crashing through the bush, then leaving a vast dead patch, for all to see.
If they'd just stay at home, nobody would've noticed.
How about, in our quest for pristine wilderness, we shut down the roads and communication towers, and all the other infrastructure, bolted to the mountain?
Is that infrastructure a normal part of pristine wilderness, is it?
I'll just point out a few un-arguable facts.
The blackberry bush is the best bird attracting, habitat creating, bush tucker plant in eastern Australia. Like all of these so-called 'environmental weeds', that so upset people who are paid to have environmental skills they don't have. The blackberry bush cannot invade pristine wilderness. It can only move into areas that have already been degraded by human activity. Just like willow, privet, ivy, hawthorn etc. These plants also happen to be unusually good for the wildlife, including bees. That's why they spread around so successfully.
The other thing they don't get is that plants absorb light and light is heat. All broad-leaved plants, as opposed to the grasses, are both warmer in winter and cooler in summer than grasses or dead plants. Which means that fires will burn with less ferocity with them there as opposed to a dead, or degraded patch.
A massive industry has built up around the concept of the noxious weed. Across the country, it has inspired blokes with spray rigs, bulldozers, and various other weapons of environmental mass destruction.
If the taxpayers money had been left in the bank, we'd have less drought, less summer heat and less extinct wildlife.
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