Riparian workshop to improve aquatic environment
A FREE Riparian Plant Identification Workshop is being held on Wednesday, May 8 for interested members of the community.
Jointly coordinated by Coffs Harbour City Council and Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare, the workshop is being held at Upper Orara Hall as part of the Coffs Jaliigirr Project.
The aims of the Coffs Jaliigirr Project are to restore, manage and improve the environment for aquatic systems, bird, animal and plant life - and the community.
Riparian zones - the thin strip of vegetation that occurs next to a watercourse - are an important factor in biodiversity because they are home to a high number of plant species and can often be the only vegetation in some areas.
Riparian vegetation also provides many advantages to both the landholder and the broader community. Streamside vegetation stabilises river banks and helps prevent erosion and the loss of productive agricultural land. The vegetation also acts as a biological filter which helps improve water quality in the water catchment by removing excess nutrients.
Due to the impact of floods and disturbance from stock, stream banks are often highly degraded. Many weed species thrive under these conditions and exotic species can frequently outnumber native species.
At the workshop, participants will learn how to identify some of the common native and introduced riparian shrubs, trees and vines that occur in the Coffs area.
The workshop will take place from 9.30am-12.30pm at Upper Orara Hall, on the corner of Dairyville Road and Upper Orara Road on May 8.
To book your place, please call Council 6648 4641.