Sue Baker, Bitou Bush Eradication Coordinator, NPA Mid North Coast Branch
On May 18th 2019 Mid North Coast Branch will celebrate a milestone forty years of bush regeneration in Crowdy Bay National Park. The celebration will be held during the annual bush regeneration camp from 13-19 May at beautiful Kylies Beach.
Janine Kitson, NPA member
NPA’s film Understorey was recently screened to environmental historians from universities around the country, at the Australian Historical Association Conference, held at the Australian National University in July, 2018.
Macarthur branch was established in 1975 as a sub-branch of Sydney Branch, and became a fully autonomous branch in 1987.
Primary activities of the branch are nature talks, and developing proposals for protection of natural areas of the Upper Georges and Bargo-Nepean Rivers. The Branch has a Bushwalking Group and a Bushcare Group.
Sue Baker, Bush Regeneration Project Officer, Mid North Coast Branch
Mid North Coast Branch is in its 39th year of bitou bush eradication and bush regeneration in the iconic coastal Crowdy Bay National Park. A severe bush fire ripped through the southern part of the park in 2013. This resulted in a mass germination of bitou seedlings. Not only did this undo years of hard work and financial investment but other fully-restored areas were under threat of reinvasion. The scale of the problem was beyond the capacity of our volunteers and NPWS to deal with. What on earth were we to do?
Gabrielle Taysom, National Parks Association of NSW Far South Coast Branch
The Far South Coast Branch of the National Parks Association was established around 1997, most of the Branch’s original members having been involved in the 12 year campaign to secure the South East Forests National Park. With the Park’s gazettal, it was now considered timely to become part of a wider organisation lobbying on conservation issues and park management.
Pat Schultz, NPA Armidale Branch
I have been leading tag a long tours of Pilliga and Leard Forests for the last 4 years. The tours began when my Armidale NPA group visited the Pilliga Forest. We saw the damage caused by twenty-two ‘produced water’ spills and cleared well pads. Produced water is a salty water contaminated with lead, aluminium, arsenic, barium, boron, nickel and uranium and more, brought up from 800 -1000 meters from beneath the Pilliga sandstone.