Bucca Creek rehabilitation underway
ON-GROUND work is happening along Bucca Bucca creek in Orara East State forest this week as part of a six year project to conserve local rainforests.
The work this week will see around 400 trees planted along the creek line in an area that will be protected from any future timber harvesting.
Forestry Corporation of NSW is working with Envite Environment, Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council, Darrunda Wajaarr Rangers and Conservation Volunteers Australia to also remove invasive weeds and generally improve the health of the creek area.
The project targets areas which protect Bruxner Park Flora Reserve adjacent to Central Bucca Road, protect a wildlife corridor adjacent to Bucca Creek and protect Lowland Rainforest and a suite of threatened species.
"The project will improve landscape connectivity and enhance habitat for slender marsdenia, rusty plum, stinky lily, giant barred frog, wompoo fruit-dove and yellow-bellied glider," Envite Environment Manager, Justin Couper said.
Coffs Harbour and District Local Aboriginal Land Council Darrunda Wajaarr team have been targeting Lantana using a combination of splatter gun techniques and backpack spraying.
According to Forestry Corporation NSW, removing the lantana has triggered the natural resilience of the site by enhancing the recruitment of pioneer and other native species.
The vine weed blue morning glory was targeted as a high priority in an area within close proximity to Lowland Rainforest.
Infestations of small leaf privet and camphor laurel located in riparian zones were also controlled.
The project is nearing the completion of its third year and is funded for six years through the NSW Environmental Trust Bush Connect programme, with support from Forestry Corporation.
The project is a tangible example of Forest Corporation's approach to conservation and sustainable timber production, said Forestry Corporation Partnerships Co-ordinator, Jodee Sparrow.
"This means building habitat, protecting our native wildlife and harvesting timber in a sustainable way," Ms Sparrow said.
"One of the great parts of this project is that it links to Bruxner Flora Reserve, ensuring the natural values of the area are protected."
"Across NSW we have projects like the Bucca Bucca creek happening, as well as a range of conservation work like pest and weed management, corridor plantings and cool burning."