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Restoring Koala Habitat and Lowland Rainforest on the Wilson’s River

kelly_saunderson3Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) has recently been awarded an Australian Government 20 Million Trees project to revegetate 3 ha of Koala Habitat and Lowland Rainforest adjacent to the Wilson’s River near Lismore, NSW and regenerate an additional 2.2 ha through weed control activities.

CVA is partnering with landholders and community volunteers in the Lismore area to restore degraded pasture back to its original Lowland Rainforest Endangered Ecological Community, which is listed as nationally threatened, through revegetation with locally native tubestock. This project is an important part of our Connecting Koala Habitat program, which aims to improve and link koala habitat between local farms.

Koalas are listed as nationally vulnerable due primarily to the loss and fragmentation of habitat. Small habitat remnants within the region currently support a fragmented Koala population, leaving individuals at risk of predation, isolation and displacement. This project will help to create and restore habitat corridors throughout the landscape, which will enhance habitat connectivity for the local Koala population whilst improving the riparian corridor of the Wilson’s River.

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The outcomes are also a significant contribution to the Lismore Koala Plan, which identifies the target Koala population as one of the most significant on the NSW north coast.

Working together with community volunteers, we are aiming to complete the planting of 10,000 trees by the end of the project in 2020. The site has been prepared and holes have been dug ensuring easy planting sessions, and extra helping hands are always welcome!

Join this project today or contact our team in Ballina for more information.

This project is supported by the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Program (part of the National Landcare Program)

Photos by Kelly Saunderson, Bush Regeneration Officer, CVA Ballina.