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Bushfire recovery: help plant rainforest trees this Saturday

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Greg Cromwell with Rainforest 4 Foundation’s Kelvin Davis and some of the seedlings to be planted on Greg’s property at 191 Sheaffes Rd, Goonengerry this Saturday 10am til 12 noon. Volunteers will be warmly welcomed and served morning tea. Photo Jeff ‘Seedling’ Dawson.

Do you have some time for tree planting this Saturday morning? Rainforest 4 have teamed up with Reforest Now and need your help to plant 1,000 rainforest trees in two hours in Goonengerry. This is part of a collaboration to plant 100,000 rainforest trees in the northern rivers in the wake of the recent devastating fires that have burnt large areas throughout the region.

The Mt Nardi bushfires burnt 5,500 hectares, much of which is habitat for endangered wildlife inland from Byron Bay. Rainforests are essential for providing not only food but refuge for animals. Rainforest 4 in partnership with Reforest Now need your help to plant in their first community tree planting event of 1,000 trees this weekend. The funding for this planting has coem from Sol Cleanse in Byron Bay.

‘In Australia many ecosystems have evolved with fire and eucalypts, banksias and acacias will regenerate naturally and rapidly,’ said Rainforest 4 Foundation’s Kelvin Davis.

Kelvin Davies at Upper Wilsons Creek. Image supplied.

‘Rainforests are ecosystems that are poorly adapted to fires and as 99 per cent of lowland subtropical rainforest has been cleared in the past, they need help to recover. We will be planting in areas where natural regeneration is not likely.’

They are also seeking support to purchase the 100,000 rainforest trees and every $10 donated will establish one tree. This includes site preparation, planting, and ongoing maintenance for three years to ensure they survive. You can donate online on the Rainforest 4 Foundation website.

Become part of the volunteer tree panting team this Saturday from 10am till 12 noon at Cromwell Farms, 191 Sheaffes Road, Goonengerry. Don’t forget your gloves, a hat and water.

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