Restoring our natural beauty
GETTING down to Lismore's river banks on Sunday and planting a tree is a step towards restoring the region's natural beauty.
On Sunday, Wilsons River Landcare and community members will plant 1000 native trees on the river's banks just as they have done for the past 18 years.
"We have a dream, and that is to re-create the river to as it was when the first cedar cutters came here 170 years ago," Wilsons River Landcare member Vanessa Ekins said.
"We'll plant native species we knew existed on the river banks before they arrived.
"It's our way of demonstrating people can do something with their own two hands and make a difference."
Ms Ekins said Wilsons River is a "wildlife corridor" for native animals that depend on native vegetation.
Lismore City Council environmental strategies coordinator Nick Stephens said Lismore's creek and river banks are in need of regeneration.
"Our catchment has been vastly removed of trees which is leading to erosion," he said.
"We promote mixed native species plantings as close as possible to what once existed.
"We don't promote introduced species because they tend to become like weeds and are invasive."
Lismore is home to hundreds of native species and Mr Stephens said people should discuss with their local nursery what the best ones are to plant at specific sites.
Sunday is National Tree Day, and 17 million native trees have been planted since Olivia Newton-John started the initiative in 1996.
Native trees promote native animal habitats.
Northern Rivers koalas often live in Tallowwood and Forest Red Gums.
Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and store it in their wood.