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Propagation, Regeneration, Celebration: New festival to celebrate regeneration of the region
December 22, 2022December 23, 2022
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Propagation, Regeneration, Celebration: New festival to celebrate regeneration of the region

By Ray Moynihan Some books change your life.  Australian Rainforest Seeds and its guidance on propagation changed mine. This time 12 months ago I was an overpaid academic on the path to full professor. A year later I’m organising seed propagation workshops in schools and a new festival called Regeneration – to be held in...

Annual President’s Report 2022: Record year for Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy
December 22, 2022December 22, 2022
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Annual President’s Report 2022: Record year for Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy

Tony Parkes’ 2021-22 Annual President’s Report to the members of Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy After 29 years as Big Scrub Landcare, members agreed that we should change our name to Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy (BSRC). The new name better reflects the much broader scope of our activities, particularly Science Saving Rainforests, our flagship Program. I...

Science Saving the Coolamon
December 22, 2022December 23, 2022
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Science Saving the Coolamon

By Renee Borrow, Manager, Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy The Coolamon (Syzygium moorei), a threatened species, is one of the most beautiful and unique trees found in our critically endangered Big Scrub lowland subtropical rainforest.  Growing to 40m high, the Coolamon exhibits a spectacular floral display between November and February with orange-red to pale pink flower...

Big Scrub Landcare is changing its name to Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy
November 1, 2022November 1, 2022
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Big Scrub Landcare is changing its name to Big Scrub Rainforest Conservancy

Our new name better reflects the greatly broadened scope of our activities, particularly our flagship program Science Saving Rainforests, which is analysing the genomes of 60 species that will inform the restoration of, and help save from extinction, our critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and 30 of its threatened plant species. It leads the world...

Environmental Trust support for remnant care continues
October 20, 2022October 20, 2022
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Environmental Trust support for remnant care continues

Big Scrub Landcare would like to acknowledge the NSW Environmental Trust for supporting our project Restoring Critically Endangered Lowland Subtropical Rainforest over the past 2 years.  This funding has built on Big Scrub Landcare’s long term program to restore critically endangered lowland rainforest. This involves rehabilitating remnants of critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and restoring...

Historical account reveals 8 floods in a single year, waterways altered for logging and monster red cedar
May 11, 2022May 11, 2022
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Historical account reveals 8 floods in a single year, waterways altered for logging and monster red cedar

Early historical accounts of settlement in the Northern Rivers make for a fascinating read and give us insight into what the Big Scrub was originally like. That the landscape was irrevocably changed is well documented, but what’s less well known is the role of flooding in timber transport and the changes made to the waterways...

Fact or fiction: Do water crystals work?
April 20, 2022November 4, 2022
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Fact or fiction: Do water crystals work?

By Mark Dunphy and Joe Harvey Jones People are always asking whether they should use water crystals with opinions on their effectiveness varying greatly. Some regenerators swear by them, including them in plantings of tens of thousands of trees, while others think their effectiveness is limited.  With tree planting numbers ramping up by the tens...