March update: 3,392 trees planted to expand a wildlife corridor in the Byron Shire
Across two days in March, Rainforest Rangers planted 3392 trees on a site in Goonengerry alongside an awesome team of volunteers and regeneration staff.
This site is part of a larger project of wildlife corridor restoration. The fragmented nature of the forest ecosystem of the Big Scrub in the Byron Shire is a problem for the wildlife and our unique biodiversity.
Fragments are ‘stepping stones’ that link existing forest habitats and are essential for wildlife to move around. The long-term viability of biodiversity in Byron Shire depends on enhancement of protected wildlife corridors and ‘stepping stones’, that link existing habitat areas to the larger national park and nature reserves.
The Byron Shire Council and NSW Government have identified properties where these wildlife corridors exist or where additional restoration and reforestation can be targeted to build corridors.
They are key locations to support wildlife and the forest ecosystem.
This site has been identified as one of these wildlife corridor locations as it connects fragmented forest between Goonengerry National Park and coastal nature reserves toward Byron Bay.
3392 trees were planted to buffer out and expand on the existing forested creek line.
Thank you to volunteers from Stone & Wood, Coconut Bowls, and Rainforest 4 Foundation. Thank you to Northern Rivers Ecological for your hard work in site preparation and for providing expertise on the days.
These trees were funded by grants received from InGrained Foundation, Landcare (WIRES) and Rainforest Rangers.
"It was an incredible morning with Rainforest Rangers, out of the office, completely immersed in nature planting over 1800 native trees in one day! We felt incredibly connected to this sacred land and were left feeling so proud to be making a positive impact for the future of our forests here in the Big Scrub" Lucy - Coconut Bowls
This site will be the home of ongoing reforestation work to bring rainforest back to this cleared paddock and support the adjacent forest habitat. Keep an eye out for announcements of volunteer planting days in April and May!