Digging into local Landcare
THE superb natural surroundings of Woolgoolga High School have inspired a group of students to establish a Landcare site in the adjoining Coffs Coast Regional Park.
The worksite is located on the north bank of Woolgoolga Lake within a swamp sclerophyll forest remnant, and provides a range of opportunities for the students to be actively involved in the rehabilitation of the area.
Staff from Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare Inc., National Parks and Wildlife Service and Coffs Harbour Bush Regeneration will work with students and help them to gain skills in plant identification and bush regeneration.
Chris Blair, a teacher from Woolgoolga High School, has been the driving force behind the project.
“This is a great opportunity for the students to get out and work alongside environmental professionals and give something back to their local community,” Mr Blair said.
The site contains an endangered vegetation community and is impacted by lantana, asparagus fern, fishbone fern, senna and introduced grasses.
Students will initially be working with Kris Hely from Coffs Harbour Bush Regeneration Group and will focus on the hand removal of these weeds from the site.
This will allow students to remove emerging weeds without affecting other sensitive native species.
The establishment of the group and the initial works being undertaken on the site have been supported by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country program.