Darkwood to be restored by NPWS
THE National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is working to restore the ‘Darkwood’ addition to the New England National Park through an extensive bush regeneration program.
Located near the headwaters of the Bellinger River, the Darkwood addition includes 15 kilometres of river frontage, approximately 325 hectares of old growth forest and 129 hectares of rainforest. However, the area also contains nine major clearings totally 274 hectares.
NPWS Dorrigo Plateau area manager Dave Hitchcock said the 1359 hectare Darkwood addition includes spectacular pristine landscapes as well as some very serious weed issues.
“The vigorous vine species cats claw creeper, recognised as the most serious environmental weed on the NSW North Coast, is just one of the weeds being targeted for control in the area,” Mr Hitchcock said.
“Cats claw creeper has the ability to form a thick carpet along the ground smothering regeneration and growing to the tops of trees where, through a combination of weight and shading they can cause the eventual death of even the largest canopy trees,” he said. “The Darkwood addition also includes large infestations of blackberry, lantana, privets, moth vine, cherry guava, rose briar, firethorn, silver leaf desmodium, noogoora burr and loquat.”
NPWS’s restoration works are being assisted through $30,000 in funding over two years from the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.