Forest of information at Bangalow

THE BIG Scrub Rainforest Day shifted to Bangalow Showground this year while work was being undertaken at its usual home at Rocky Creek Dam.

It is Australia's largest annual rainforest information event providing the public an opportunity to find out everything about the regeneration, care and appreciation of one of our most precious resources.

Throughout the day experts from around the country shared their knowledge and insights in presentations and workshops.

The day was kicked off with a welcome to country by Widjabul elders followed by the delightful Mary White, author of Gondwana rainforest plants and other books.

She was a big hit at the Rainforest Day a few years ago and returned as a keynote speaker yesterday.

This year her talk was titled 'Balancing Earth's own green budget'. She spoke about the importance of forests and recent Australian research that demonstrates that trees transpire billions of bacteria that act as the nucleus for droplet formation and are therefore as important as the oceans for cloud formation. These aero bacteria are the same as those found in the edge of space.

Bush Tucker couple Mick and Thelma from Gunnawannabe were again a favourite of the crowds.

Wendy Neilan took on a controversial subject talking about the role of camphor laurel in rainforest restoration in the Byron Shire.

Kids were accommodated with a puppet show and activities.



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