Intensive clearing of subtropical northern NSW has left a fragmented forest immensely vulnerable to threats of climate change, bushfires, and invasive weed degradation. This region was once the largest area of subtropical lowland rainforest in eastern Australia and now the remnants total less than 1% of the former size, approximately only 1000 hectares made up of small fragments scattered across the region.
Wildlife corridors are connections across the landscape that link up areas of habitat. They support natural processes that occur in a healthy environment, including the movement of species to find resources, such as food and water. Wildlife prefer to use forest to move across a landscape as crossing empty paddocks and roads can be life-threatening.
This project is assisting with the restoration of a wildlife corridor that connects habitat from the eastern Byron Bay nature reserves up into the western habitat areas of Nightcap National Park. Over 20,000 trees will be planted at this location to connect habitat and allow wildlife to move between fragmented forest.
A happy day on site planting 1500 trees to this wildlife corridor site in Goonengerry, NSW.
Guarding trees to protect them from Wallabies and other tree-eating animals while the trees are still young.
Over 7000 trees planted in 2021 to mark the beginning of this project.