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Huonbrook’s road to rainforest recovery

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The 2022 floods not only destroyed people’s homes and livelihoods it was also destructive to the environment as water raged along breaking the banks of creeks and rivers and devastating the landscape. Before this, the unprecedented Balcksummer fires had also impacted the area scorching the hillsides.

Helping the environment to recover was what was front of mind when 1,600 native trees were planted this week in on the banks of Coopers Creek in Huonbrook thanks to a grant of $26,300 from Stone & Woods inGrained Foundation and the hands-on help of 20 wonderful Rainforest Rangers and Stone & Wood staff who joined them for the days planting.

‘There was around 4,000m2 area planted with the 1,600 tress and this will help stabalise ths section of Coopers Creek,’ Kelvin Davies, Founder, Rainforest 4 Foundation, told The Echo

‘We’ve got an ongoing program to plant trees in the former Big Scrub Rainforest areas.’

In Northern NSW, Lowland Subtropical Rainforest was mostly cleared between 1860 and 1900 and today less than one per cent of this ecosystem remains. The remnants of the Lowland Subtropical Rainforest in NSW are listed nationally as a threatened ecological community (Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). 

Post-flood debris on the banks of Coopers Creek in Huonbrook. Photo supplied

‘Our tree planting was located on Coopers Creek, one of the many waterways that flow towards Lismore where the record-breaking flooding occurred. Around the planting site we could still see the impact of the floods; landslips on hillsides, creeks gouged out, and large, fallen trees piled up like twigs. 

‘And it isn’t just the landscape that has suffered from natural disasters. Huonbrook is home to at least 25 species listed as Threatened by the state government’s Biodiversity Conservation Act,’ said a spokesperson for the Rainforest 4 Foundation and their project partners HalfCut.

‘Once grown, these new trees will provide additional habitat for species including the wompoo fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) and the elusive spotted-tailed quoll (Dasyurus maculatus).’

20 people came together to plant 1,600 native trees on the banks of Coopers Creek in Huonbrook. Photo supplied

Other threatened species found at Huonbrook include: 

Birds – Albert’s Lyrebird, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Bush-hen, Marbled Frogmouth, Masked Owl, White-eared Monarch, Rufous Scrub-bird, Sooty Owl, Black Bittern, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Glossy Black-cockatoo, Osprey, White-eared Monarch, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Rufous Scrub-bird

Mammals – Little Bentwing Bat, Large-eared Pied Bat, Eastern Long-eared Bat, Golden-tipped Bat, Koala, Large-footed Myotis, Red-legged Pademelon, Spotted-tailed Quoll

Amphibians – Loveridge’s Frog, Pouched Frog

Reptiles – Stephen’s Banded Snake


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