The 2019-2020 Australian bushfires were the most devastating bushfires Australian wildlife and ecosystems have experienced in the last 50 years. Our Bushfire Recovery project is focused in subtropical Eastern Australia in a region where both World Heritage National Park and rainforest on private property was burnt. All of this rainforest is ecologically significant with the second highest biodiversity value in Australia.
Rainforests are the one of the most fire damaged forests in Australia as rainforests do not have the ecological mechanisms to recover like some Australian forests do. They need our help to recover or will become overrun with invasive weed species that pose further threats to an already vulnerable and damaged ecosystem.
The Bushfire Recovery Project utilises established methods of rainforest restoration including accelerated natural regeneration and matrix-model tree planting. Our work is focused in the areas of Huonbrook, Wilsons Creek in northern NSW within the Byron Shire. In its first year, this project has regenerated 8 hectares of fire damaged land to establish approximately 80,000 trees, and has planted 8,000 trees.
Sitting with the debris. On one of four bushfire recovery regeneration sites in Huonbrook, Northern NSW.
George (Northern Rivers Ecological) with a tray of saplings. A mixed species selection of native rainforest trees.
When bushfire comes through rainforest weeds have a chance to inhabit areas cleared by the fire. Already vulnerable
Rainforest can become overrun with weeds. Here our on-ground crew (Northern Rivers Ecological) and Rainforest Rangers volunteers
are planting this area of weeds with rainforest species. The weeds are maintained and trees protected for at least three years.