1950s, as a member of the Bolgart Country Women's Association,
Rica commenced the struggle to protect the local bushland
and plant life. She was instrumental in having several areas
in the Victoria Plains Shire made into nature reserves and
in persuading then Premier, Sir David Brand, to increase the
width of road reserves in new land leases in order to preserve
the native wildflowers. This culminated in 1996 when the Department
of Conservation and Land Management named the Rica Erickson
Nature Reserve in her honour. The reserve of bush is located
in Nature Reserve 27595 in the Moora District, about 15 kilometres
south-west of Calingiri. In a rare break with tradition, the
Geographical Names Committee overturned its usual policy of
not naming locations after people still living.
her children grew and the farm was established, Rica found
time to return to her naturalist studies and botanical painting
and in 1951 the first of her self-illustrated books, Orchids
of the West, was published. Triggerplants followed
in 1958 and she commenced work on the research for Plants
of Prey in Australia, which was published in 1968.
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