Volunteers spend a week weeding and planting in local Bellingen forests

Local and international volunteers planted 500 trees and weeded 75,000 square metres of forest along creeks and waterways in Tuckers Nob State Forest, near Bellingen during August as part of a long partnership between Forestry Corporation of NSW and Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA).

Forestry Corporation’s Strategic Projects and Programs Leader Justin Black said CVA had been bringing volunteers from around the world to local forests for more than a decade, where they have been involved with everything from weeding to walking track maintenance.

“This year, 15 local and international volunteers spent a week in Tuckers Nob State Forest helping out on the long-running Never Never Catchment Group/Forestry Corporation of NSW Community Partnerships Project,” Mr Black said.

“As part of this project, we have been working with the Never Never Catchment Group for the past six years to manage weeds and restore native vegetation along creeks and waterways within Eucalyptus plantations that were established on former farmland in the 1960s and 70s.

“Our operations always leave large areas untouched to protect waterways and the work we’re doing with the Never Never Catchment Group is really enhancing these protected areas, which will have great benefits for the forest, waterways and wildlife over the long term.

“Tuckers Nob State Forest is a stunning part of the world and our enthusiastic group of volunteers loved the opportunity to spend a week in Bellingen learning a bit about our native flora and making a positive contribution to local forests.

“We were very pleased that the volunteers were able to work with the Never Never Catchment group in Tuckers Nob State Forest.”

Forestry Corporation of NSW has partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia for more than a decade to engage volunteers from around the world in projects in State forests, with the support of International Student Volunteers.

Conservation Volunteers Australia is Australia’s leading practical conservation organisation, completing more than 2000 conservation projects across Australia every year.

To volunteer with Conservation Volunteers Australia visit  www.conservationvolunteers.com.au or call 1800 032 501.

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