HELPING HANDS: Some of the international volunteers who have been cleaning up our forests.
HELPING HANDS: Some of the international volunteers who have been cleaning up our forests.

Foreigners muck in to clean up forests

THESE are no ordinary visitors, but part of a contingent of international volunteers who spent a fortnight removing weeds and completing maintenance in Pine Creek State Forest and Bruxner Park Flora Reserve in Orara East State Forest.

All up, eight volunteers were involved thanks to a partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW and Conservation Volunteers Australia.

Forestry Corporation of NSW partnerships co-ordinator Justin Black said the volunteers from Switzerland, Germany, the US and South Korea were involved in removing weeds from areas of Pine Creek State Forest set aside as koala connection corridors.

"They have also carried out general maintenance and weed removal around waterways in the Never Never Catchment and removed weeds and maintained walking trails at Bruxner Flora Reserve in Orara East State Forest," Justin said.

Conservation Volunteers Australia regional manager Leonie Winner said the volunteers included students and travellers with an interest in pitching in and seeing more of Australia.

"Volunteering is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and learn new skills, all while making a real difference to the environment," she said.

Since 2002, Conservation Volunteers Australia has worked with Forestry Corporation of NSW, engaging volunteers from around the world to maintain more than 50km of tracks, repair 10km of boardwalk, remove 5ha of weeds, plant countless trees, collect more than 100kg of endemic seeds and remove hundreds of kilograms of rubbish.

For more information, go to http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au.



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