Celebrating & Appreciating the Box-Ironbark Forests


Marie Jones (President)
Bernard Slattery (Secretary)
0499 624 160

Organisations Involved

Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests (FOBIF)


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An Initiative undertaken by the Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forest (FOBIF) that offers a space for community members, especially younger generations, to come together, celebrate and encourage each other to learn about and share an appreciation for local natural and heritage values. Through this work FOBIF promotes understandings of the natural values of Box-Ironbark forests and woodlands, offering information on ways that climate change affects our bushlands, and how good management can increase natural resilience to climate stress.

As part of its work celebrating and and encouraging appreciation of the Box-Ironbark Forests, FOBIF assists with the recovery of threatened species and natural regeneration of bushland, with research, knowledge and resources — producing field guides and posters highlighting local plants and animals, and other accurate and useful information on the local environment easily accessible through their website. FOBIF celebrates local plants and animals with photographic exhibitions and talks by local naturalists. FOBIF conducts monthly walks in local bushland, for education and recreation. The FOBIF website offers regularly updated news and information reports on linkages between land management, heritage and residents, for instance on the impacts of fires and floods, and pest plants and animals.

ZNET: emission avoidance and drawdown

  • Education that contributes to the health and carbon drawdown capacity of natural landscapes, especially Box Ironbark forests and woodlands

ADAPT: people, places and sectors are climate ready

  • Information, education and advice on understanding habitat and healthy regeneration/conservation practices that support the Box-Ironbark forests to be climate ready
  • Celebrating and contributing to the conservation of regional biodiversity for resilience to climate impacts

REGENERATIVE CULTURE: embrace caring for Country and Community, working creatively and a just society

  • Articulates the connection between land management, heritage and the health and wellbeing of residents
  • Providing inspiration and guides to help local residents develop a deeper relationship with the natural landscape
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