Reward to find tree killers
LOCAL volunteer Landcare groups and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) are fed up with the ongoing treepoisoning and clearing along the fragile coastal strip that makes up the Coffs Coast Regional Park.
The majority of native vegetation removal appear to be associated with landholders attempting to improve their views, however, recently at Mullawarra Beach two trees were cut down with no apparent motive.
Mullawarra Dunecare volunteer Roger Jennings said it was disheartening to see such senseless acts especially after his group had spent so much time caring for and regenerating the headland and foredunes.
"To have mature trees, which have survived storms and cyclones and have helped protect the beach and foreshore over the years, chopped down or poisoned is very sad," Mr Jennings said.
Dedicated in 2003, the Coffs Coast Regional Park protects 27km of coastal land from Macauleys Headland to Arrawarra and is jointly managed by the NPWS and Coffs Harbour City Council for its important natural, cultural and recreational values.
Eighteen separate volunteer Landcare and Dunecare groups currently work in the regional park.
The volunteers receive grants from Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare and assistance from the NPWS with plants, materials, tools and training.
Heavy fines and restoration penalties can be imposed on anyone caught clearing or destroying native vegetation in the regional park.
The council offers a standing reward of $5000 for evidence leading to a conviction for tree vandalism.
If you have any information about tree vandalism in the Regional Park please call the NPWS or CHCC Rangers on 6652 0900 or 6648 4000.