WHERE WE WORK



The sites we work on in northern NSW were once part of the Big Scrub rainforest, Australia's largest expanse of subtropical rainforest. After extensive clearing only 1% remains today. These sites when reforested will connect fragmented remains and expand the size of the existing rainforest. 

 

RAINFORESTS OF EASTERN AUSTRALIA - THE BIG SCRUB RAINFOREST

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THE BIG SCRUB RAINFOREST REGION - A CRITICALLY ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM 

The Big Scrub is the name of the remnant rainforest in the Bryon Shire region of northern NSW. Before agricultural clearing it was the largest expanse of lowland subtropical rainforest in Australia; covering an area of approximately 75,000 hectares where an incredible array of species grew from rich volcanic soils of mount Wollumbin between Byron Bay, Ballina and Lismore. 

Tragically European settlers cleared almost 99% of this magnificent rainforest because the government required them to clear the forest before they could gain freehold title. By 1900 all that remained was less than 33 remnants of this now critically endangered rainforest with a combined area of less then 556ha.

By the beginning of the 1990s most of the remnants were degrading under the impact of 140 environmental weeds. Governments were doing little or nothing to save the priceless remnants.




ENDANGERED SPECIES CONSERVATION

The Big Scrub may today be small, but it is home to a bountiful biodiversity, many species of which are incredibly rare and endangered.

Maximo (Reforest Now co-founder) has complied data and research to identify 128 endangered species of this rainforest. 

To address this, we grow over 150 species in our nursery and prioritise endangered and critically endangered tree, shrub, and vine species. 



REFORESTING CLEARED LAND

 

We work to restore cleared land in this region back into rainforest. Byron Shire relies on this rainforest for the rain, streams, creeks, and rivers and we hope to play a part in protecting it for generations to come.

 

We currently have 10 active planting sites that are key to supporting the entire rainforest. Planting on these sites will connect fragmented rainforest and build wildlife corridors.

 

PLANTING SITES

Explore the map to see where our planting sites are in relation to the state and national parks close by in northern NSW and in Queensland.

Zoom out to see plantings in Queensland including the Daintree rainforest and Atherton tablelands.

In The Byron Shire we prioritise plantings that are in close proximity to the remnants and old growth forests of The Big Scrub Rainforest, some of which are inside the national parks west of the Byron Shire.

Each site will state how many hectares have been reforested here and the date we planted.


 

 
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REGENERATION & REFORESTATION STRATEGY SIX MONTH PLAN

Our 2020-2021 plans focus on two planting sites. By focusing our reforestation on two larger sites we can contribute to significant forest growth on these properties, connect fragments of forest, and monitor and maintain our plantings with greater proficiency. 

The sites are shown in the map below with green areas were we are planting and blue areas where we are doing bush regeneration to remove invasive species. 

These sites will see over 40,000 trees planted and over 16 hectares of bush regeneration. 


 

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PLANT TREES WITH US 

$5 = one tree planted!

Choose how many trees you would like and we plant these within three months of donation. All trees are planted as part of reforestation projects to bring forest back to the cleared land of subtropical Australia.

Want to plant more often? 

We also have monthly tree subcriptions! This means trees are donated from you automatically each month.