Dorrigo world heritage ecological restoration project launched

Bush regenerators will be working to eliminate invasive weeds at three sites in Dorrigo National Park and Dangar Falls Reserve thanks to a $100,000 grant.

About 140,000 people annually visit the parks, which are of high conservation value supporting habitat for threatened flora and fauna species.

They come to capture and take home memories of ancient subtropical rainforests, magnificent waterfalls, and array of wildlife.

Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park. Photos supplied.

Crystal Shower Falls, Dorrigo National Park. Photos supplied.

EnviTE Environment has been successful in securing $100,000 over three years from NSW Environmental Trust Restoration and Rehabilitation for the Dorrigo World Heritage Ecological Restoration Project. Restoration works will be implemented at three sites in Dorrigo National Park and Dangar Falls Reserve.

The proposed work will greatly expand the areas where NSW NPWS and Bellingen Shire Council (BSC) have been targeting invasive weeds, which are key threats to threatened species and endangered ecological communities.

The project area provides habitat for 42 nationally listed threatened species including 23 fauna species and 19 flora species. 

Bush regenerators will restore Antarctic Beech, Cool Temperate Rainforest, Port Jackson Cyprus woodland and Temperate rainforest. These plant communities are home to a variety of animals, including Yellow-bellied Glider, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove and Koalas. The project contributes to a staged program of ecosystem restoration with a specific aim to control invasive weeds including Lantana, a weed of national significance, to improve and expand biodiversity conservation.

 Dorrigo National Park.

Dorrigo National Park.

Locals and visitors will be able to participate and learn through field days that demonstrate the conservation significance of the area and develop awareness of the need to manage threats such as weeds. The project will increase areas of natural regeneration of native vegetation communities and engage communities in biodiversity conservation, which will benefit the World Heritage site in a changing climate for future generations to experience.

A project launch will be held on Thursday, December 7, from 10am at Dorrigo Rainforest Centre, Dome Road, Dorrigo. The project is supported by the New South Wales Government through the NSW Environmental Trust.

 Dorrigo National Park.

Dorrigo National Park.