Adam Folkers (left) and Jai Sleeman (right) from Northern Rivers CMA inspect work areas along the Evans River with Ian Gibbs (centre) EnviTE Environment bush regenerator. Photo Contributed
Adam Folkers (left) and Jai Sleeman (right) from Northern Rivers CMA inspect work areas along the Evans River with Ian Gibbs (centre) EnviTE Environment bush regenerator. Photo Contributed Contributed

Regenerating the bush is satisfying task

DURING the last three years bush regenerators from EnviTE Environment have been working to restore native vegetation along the Evans River.

With funding from Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and NSW Environmental Trust restoration work has now been implemented along over 14km of the Evans River.

Weeds, including coral tree, lantana, coastal morning glory and ochna have been degrading native vegetation. Coral tree spreads from the Richmond River catchment where the weed is invading many river banks, paddocks and roadsides. Many people would have seen its red flowers along the river bank at Woodburn.

"The Evans River is an area of great natural beauty and conservation value," EnviTE Environment bush regenerator Ian Gibbs said.

"It makes sense, and costs less, to control weeds early before they take over large areas.

"The Evans River still has good native vegetation and we have been able to control early infestations of serious weeds including cats claw creeper, madeira vine and balloon vine.

"We have worked with private landholders, the local community and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to help improve the Evans River so it retains its beauty and health into the future."

Landholders too will be able to play an ongoing role in better managing future weed infestations on their properties thanks to training during the project in weed identification and control.

During the project training was provided to community members and landholders in weed identification and control.

"Healthy native vegetation is essential to the long-term health of our environment and sustainable land management," EnviTE Environment officer Georgina Jones said.

"As well as being important wildlife habitat, native vegetation can minimise erosion and improve water quality."



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