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ReForest Now’s very important earth mission

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Michael and Tilly Martin, Maximo Bottaro, Sasha Mainsbridge from Mullum Seed, ReForest treasurer Neikah Verlinden, director Odin Covington, Cr Jeannette Martin from the Community Gardens, Santos CEO Jolene Ryan and ReForest’s Kim O’Sullivan. Photo Jeff Dawson

More than 2,800 seedlings and thousands of rainforest seeds have been saved by local not-for-profit group ReForest Now, say organisers.

Funded by Santos Organics and local philanthropists Brendan Blaiklock and Maria Altea, ReForest Now recently completed their brand new rainforest tree nursery at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens.

ReForest Now’s Maximo Bottaro told The Echo, ‘For over 15 years, the founders of ReForest Now have worked in environmental research, education, fieldwork and rainforest regeneration, establishing ReForest Now to facilitate consistent, tangible outcomes for rainforest conservation.’

Future generations

‘Their goal is to facilitate the return of thousands of trees to the rainforest in order to re-establish local rainforests for future generations.

‘The ReForest Now nursery will produce rainforest trees continuously throughout the year and conduct community tree planting events, that will be followed by catered lunches for our supporters.’

Maximo says, ‘Community members can get involved by collecting seed, helping in propagation, and by attending tree planting events’.

‘These events will be advertised publicly and those on the ReForest Now email list will be invited personally.  Please register your interest with us and we’ll keep you in the loop as opportunities arise to help us here in Byron Bay or in the Daintree, where we are closing roads and restoring Cassowary habitat.’

For more info visit www.reforestnow.org.au or email [email protected]

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