Australia’s native wildlife suffered grievously in the bushfires of 2019-20. At least 6,000 koalas were killed in NSW alone, pushing them closer to extinction. Now Envite Environment is working in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to restore burnt areas for wildlife.
The fires were one of the greatest disasters in our country’s history. They raged for months, burnt up to 19 million hectares, took 34 lives, destroying up to 7 billion trees, 3094 homes, and an estimated 3 billion animals either perished or were displaced by the blazes. So much was lost, and the impacts will be felt for decades to come.
Over the next 3 years Envite Environment will work to conserve, restore, expand and connect koala habitat in north east NSW with over $2 million raised by WWF. A Restoration Ecologist will be engaged to assist private landholders to develop Conservation Agreements to protect and conserve koala habitat on their property. Landholder incentives will fund weed control and revegetation works by Envite regeneration teams.
In the wild, koalas serve as ambassadors for the many other species that also inhabit the Australian bush. Protecting bushland areas in an effort to save koala populations also protects the habitat of a wide range of animal and plant species such as possums, gliders, wombats, quolls, birds, and reptiles.
Envite Environment is planning a significant role in bushfire recovery. Apart from WWF funding, we have been successful in gaining Australian and State Government funding to assist environmental, social and economic recovery from the black summer bushfires. Together, we are making a positive impact in our world.