Envite Environment has received grant funding to deliver works which will assist ecosystem recovery after 2019/2020 bushfire in north eastern NSW.
Envite Restoration Ecologist, Dan Cox said “Fire burnt through 98% of 12,000 hectares of the project area in National Parks estate in the Bungwalbin area. Many native animals, including threatened species, perished in the fires. This project will restore habitat and assist with recovery of plant and animal populations after fire.”
Dan continued “The project will restore a wetland system of floodplain lowland subtropical rainforest, coastal swamp forest, coastal floodplain wetlands and dry sclerophyll forest. These areas support over 46 threatened animal species and 12 threatened plant species. The threatened animals include the Regent Honeyeater, Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Koala, Yellow-bellied Glider, Spotted-tail Quoll, Long-nosed Potoroo, Grey-headed Flying-fox, Golden-tipped Bat, Platypus, Giant Barred Frog and Oxleyan Pygmy Perch.”
Dan said “Works will include feral pig control and bush regeneration works to control emerging weeds. This will aid ecosystem recovery and help prevent extinctions.”
Bandjalang Indigenous bush regenerators will be engaged and mentored by Envite bush regenerators to assist restoration of cultural and natural values. Monitoring post fire response of flora and fauna will contribute to improved understanding of future actions required for recovery.
The project is funded by the Australian Government through its Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program.
Thank you to key partners NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Minyumai Indigenous bush regeneration team who are working alongside Envite bush regenerators to implement systematic weed control to assist native vegetation to re-establish post fire.