Koala landcare project featured in newspaper

THE Crossing Land Education Trust at Bermagui has involved its volunteers in a koala landcare project revegetating a key coastal forest connection corridor thanks to a Raymond Borland Bequest Grant.

The koala landcare project involved seed propagation, planting and habitat surveys on the only north-south wildlife corridor across the Bermagui River.

The project forms part of The Crossing’s environment education and conservation  camp programs for young people.

More than 150 students contributed to the project, to enhance 1.5km of native vegetation along the Coolagolite Creek, including remnant vegetation along the Bermagui river and Aboriginal-owned land, and the improvement of long-term water quality in the creek.

The Crossing’s president David Newell is proud of the effect that the project is having on the local environment.

“These eucalypt plantings will provide two locally endangered koala populations with access to higher nutrient browse and future fire refuges as a result of the fertile soils along the Bermagui and Coolagolite rivers,” he said.

There were some challenges to overcome when flooding destroyed a number of key sections of the fenced corridor and cows damaged sections of the plantings.

2012 NSW Vocational Education & Training (VET) in Schools’ “Student of the Year” Sam Hodder was excited to be part of the project.

“This work is making a difference, we’re not just planting trees, we’re planting wildlife corridors and river protection zones and we’re connecting coastal national parks,” Sam said.

“This Landcare work also has real benefit for koala habitat connection. Thanks to the Borland Bequest Fund for the support.”

The Raymond Borland Bequest grants program, managed by Landcare Australia, has supported 13 community environmental groups to undertake projects that will repair and restore the natural environment in rural and non-tidal areas of New South Wales.