Littoral rainforest at Long Beach before restoration began.A JOINTpartnership between Eurobodalla Shire Council and the community has resulted in significantly reduced weeds in rainforest stands on council reserves in Long Beach, Tuross and Ringlands at Narooma.
The preservation works are part of a project funded by the NSW Environmental Trust which aims to protect littoral rainforests and other endangered ecological communities through long-term intervention.
Littoral rainforests are a rare type of rainforest that occur within two kilometres of the coastline and make up less than 1 per cent of all Australian rainforests.
The forests are endangered because of human impacts. The biggest threat is weeds spreading from backyards and dumped garden waste.
Eurobodalla’s largest littoral rainforest stands are in Tuross Head at Chatham Park, Clive Park and the majority of the Tuross Lake north shore, where recent works have been under way.
Mayor Lindsay Brown said he was pleased with the project’s progress.
“It’s important that we look after the littoral rainforests that are left in Eurobodalla,” Cr Brown said.
“Without intervention these rainforests can become critically endangered and disappear altogether.
“Council’s actions are reducing threats to these ecosystems and will ensure that they remain a valued part of our environment.”
As well as weeds, other threats to Littoral rainforests include fire, soil disturbance from vehicles or increased foot traffic and understorey clearing including firewood collection.
For more information on littoral rainforests or to express interest in the project phone 4474 1000.
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