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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...

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...

‘Green shoots in the mud’: Signs of flood resilience growing among remnants
April 1, 2022April 5, 2022
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‘Green shoots in the mud’: Signs of flood resilience growing among remnants

Much like a dry forest regenerating from fire, the Big Scrub is showing signs of recovery from last month’s devastating floods. Our team has been out inspecting remnants to begin the task of assisting recovery and planning for future impact from these extraordinary flooding events.  While plenty of evidence of adaptation to floodwaters was observed,...

Adventuring in the Big Scrub
January 30, 2022January 30, 2022
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Adventuring in the Big Scrub

A contribution from Big Scrub Landcare Projects Manager, Renee Borrow. It had been on my wish-list to do for a while, but getting out to our critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest remnant, Davis Scrub Nature Reserve, near Alstonville, finally became a reality when I decided to ditch the family and go on a solo adventure....

End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program
December 9, 2021April 20, 2022
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End of Year Update: Progress Returns and Funding Flows for Science Saving Rainforests Program

As another turbulent year draws to a close, Big Scrub Landcare paused to hold its AGM on Sunday, reflecting on a period where progress returned despite continuing uncertainties in the broader community. In his President’s report, Dr Tony Parkes described 2020-21 as a continuation of a succession of excellent years for our Landcare group. Throughout...

New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare
November 3, 2021April 20, 2022
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New Projects Manager appointment at Big Scrub Landcare

Big Scrub Landcare’s President Dr Tony Parkes AO today announced the appointment of Renee Borrow as Projects Manager. Renee is an environmental scientist with a background in threatened species conservation and management, ecosystem restoration and climate change mitigation. She has worked in research positions with Southern Cross University, Greenloaning Biostudies and NSW Department of Planning,...