09 Apr 2020
Tree seedling donations to support Eden community replanting
Forestry Corporation of NSW has donated 1000 blue-leaved stringybark seedlings (Eucalyptus agglomerata) to south coast landowners to help rebuild wildlife habitat in the area.
Included are 500 seedlings to be distributed by the Eden Country Women’s Association (CWA) to help locals replant their gardens, yards and farms after the bushfires.
Eden CWA Vice President Jo Korner said the seedlings donation are a positive step in the rebuilding process.
“One of our members came up with the idea of sourcing seedlings to help people who had lost trees in the bushfires,” Ms Korner said.
“The Eden CWA and Forestry Corporation have a great relationship forged through the bushfire response, so we were well-placed to work together and make this happen.
“Thanks also to Bega Valley Shire Council who have donated pots, mulch and potting mix to help us repot and replant the seedlings.
“Our volunteers will repot the seedlings for replanting when people are ready to revegetate their land.
“This is a great story of everyone working together to support the rebuilding process.”
Forestry Corporation’s Protection Supervisor Julian Armstrong was pleased to deliver the seedlings this week.
“We’re happy to support post-fire rebuilding through the donation,” Mr Armstrong said.
“These seedlings will support replanting efforts and provide a food source for wildlife including any surviving koalas for years to come.”
The Bega Valley seedlings come from Forestry Corporation’s Grafton nursery, and are part of a larger program to help rebuild koala habitat on private land.
Forestry Corporation is currently delivering over 50,000 donated seedlings to community organisations, farmers and land managers in NSW’s coastal areas.