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Bangalow’s  Promise
March 1, 2021April 29, 2021
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Bangalow’s Promise

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Ken Dorey. While there are many who find fault with Byron Bay, there are few who don’t appreciate the historic charm and community spirit of Bangalow; good food, good vibes, good people. Amazingly, our Bangalow has appeared, and is evolving, all within our lifetimes – a virtual...

We can better learn to care for our country and the time is now
March 1, 2021April 29, 2021
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We can better learn to care for our country and the time is now

A personal contribution from Big Scrub Landcare member, Dr Kristin den Exter.  Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou recently wrote that we can better learn to love our country – I agree. This is one reason why I am so committed to the community landcare movement. Studying environmental science in the 1990’s it was clear to me that...

Site preparations officially start for our genetically diverse seed plantation
March 1, 2021April 30, 2021
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Site preparations officially start for our genetically diverse seed plantation

This year has started with some exciting activity for Big Scrub Landcare, with site preparations officially starting on our genetically diverse rainforest seed plantation at Wollongbar. The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity, with works familiar to us including arborist works and woody weed control and other activities not so familiar including soil...

Wanted! Seeds to save critically endangered plants from fungal disease
January 8, 2021March 1, 2021
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Wanted! Seeds to save critically endangered plants from fungal disease

Land holders and property owners across the state are being asked to keep their eyes peeled for scrub turpentine and native guava on their properties as the NSW Government Saving our Species program establishes an emergency seedbank for these critically endangered native shrubs. Saving our Species Senior Threatened Species Officer Craig Stehn said populations of...

A message from Big Scrub Landcare President, Dr Tony Parkes – 2020 wrap up
January 8, 2021April 16, 2021
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A message from Big Scrub Landcare President, Dr Tony Parkes – 2020 wrap up

Big Scrub Landcare wish our members, volunteers and supporters a Happy New Year after the year that was 2020. Through the many challenges experienced – bushfires followed by a global pandemic – with your support, we continue to deliver important works to save our critically endangered rainforests and their incredible biodiversity. 2019-20 was another excellent...

Big teaks – “a forest in itself”
December 21, 2020March 1, 2021
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Big teaks – “a forest in itself”

In the past, I’ve presented a tongue-in-cheek argument for teak trees being a “good, solid tree”. In this article, I would like to make the more objective case that teaks were much more than the diminished paddock tree we see today. There is a very impressive paddock tree at Richmond Hill whose tall straight trunk,...

Native Animal of the Month – Southern Pink Underwing Moth
December 21, 2020March 1, 2021
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Native Animal of the Month – Southern Pink Underwing Moth

Southern Pink Underwing Moth (Phyllodes imperialis subsp. smithersi) – a message from our friends at Tweed Landcare – The Carronia you will want to get! (The native rainforest vine Carronia multisepalea that is!) Are you on a property that has pockets of native rainforest? Then you could be part of an exciting new project that aims to save the...

Dear Big Scrub Rainforest…
December 21, 2020March 1, 2021
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Dear Big Scrub Rainforest…

Dear Big Scrub Rainforest, It’s been almost a year since the fires tore through your form for the first time in known history. A year. It feels like a lifetime, given what else 2020 has offered, but to you it probably feels like seconds ago. In your time, you have witnessed a range of beauty...

One of the top 10 Big Scrub trees – Teaks
October 23, 2020January 8, 2021
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One of the top 10 Big Scrub trees – Teaks

I think that teak trees are one of the top 10 Big Scrub trees. They may not be one of the most common, or the biggest, or the most ecologically important, but they are a good, solid, honest tree. Teaks are obligingly easy to identify with their distinctive leaves, flaky bark and cool “boat” seed...