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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...

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...

Proposed Dunoon Dam threatens irreplaceable rainforest, over 40 years after neighbouring Protesters Falls was saved
July 5, 2022November 11, 2022
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Proposed Dunoon Dam threatens irreplaceable rainforest, over 40 years after neighbouring Protesters Falls was saved

By Chris Byrne and Mark Dunphy In a neighbouring valley to Protesters Falls – the birthplace of rainforest preservation – sits a less well-known but equally precious remnant of Big Scrub rainforest. The breathtaking patch of critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest lies nestled between The Channon and Dunoon, alongside the banks of Rocky Creek as...

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...

Habitat restoration for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly
March 28, 2022March 28, 2022
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Habitat restoration for the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly

Photography and insights from Big Scub Landcare member Stephanie and Leo Lymburner. In 1968 Di Mercer acquired a piece of ‘rubbish land’ on the Far North Coast of New South Wales, a block deemed ‘useless’  by its dairy farming owner due to its steep, rocky slopes. Di, who had been a keen conservationist for some...

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