Restoring the Nightcap connector forests and communities
The ‘Restoring Resilience 2’ project, a partnership between Richmond Landcare, Lismore City Council, and several other organizations, aims to build on the success of the federally-funded ‘Restoring Resilience to the Nightcap Connector Rainforests’ project. The project seeks to increase the capacity of local landholders while supporting the recovery of Lowland Subtropical Rainforest and associated vegetation communities impacted by fire and recent flooding and landslides in the region.
By fostering a deeper understanding of Aboriginal traditional fire practices and their role in post-fire weed management, the project has strengthened the capacity and connectedness of landholders and bush regenerators in caring for the land. Partner organizations include Jagun Alliance Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, Tuntable Creek Landcare, Gungas Rd Valley Landcare, Nguligah Local Aboriginal Land Council, Rural Fire Service, National Parks and Wildlife, and two drone seeding companies, among others.As part of the project, Richmond Landcare has delivered community capacity building activities, professional development for bush regenerators, and Ecological Restoration and Fire Plans for landholders. The project has also facilitated on-ground bush regeneration on 11 fire-affected and adjacent high conservation value properties bordering the Gondwanan Rainforests World Heritage Area in the Lismore Local Government Area, covering a total of 40 hectares. Through these efforts, the project seeks to enhance the long-term resilience of the region’s biodiversity and ecosystems.