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Mar 7, 2010

The Warrumbungles, NSW
What I Owe Wilf Dews, Rhona and John Dorman

These 3 E's are how wildlife protector Wilf Dews summed up his philosophy. Born in 1909 in Teralba on the shores of Lake Macquarie, NSW, Mr Dews was passionate about the Australian environment and about educating Australians about the importance of ecology. He was one of the founding members of the Newcastle Flora and Fauna Proctection Society, NSW, active in the 60s and 70s. As a 10 year old I was fortunate to tag along on fieldtrips with the Flora and Fauna Society. and to listen and learn from Wilf Dews, John Dorman, et al. It's satisfying to know that I was part of the effort that stopped a highway from ploughing through Newcastle's beautiful Blackbutt Reserve; that raised awareness of the importance of wetlands; that planted trees throughout the Hunter Valley; and investigated eroding creekbanks.
My motivation for co-hosting in An Orchid In Australia
is to Educate, to Encourage, and to provide Example,
in honour of Wilf Dews' life work.

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