Megan Lee, Barung Landcare

Barung Landcare has been successful in securing a Landcare-led Bushfire Recovery grant to deliver a rainforest resilience and threatened species project as part of the 111 projects funded by the Australian Government under this program. 

Our project, On the path to resilience – restoring rainforest and bringing back the Southern Pink Underwing Moth, will focus on working with local landholders who are actively involved in, or just starting out their journey in, restoring and looking after rainforest vegetation across the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

With over 75% of rainforest and vine forests in the Sunshine Coast region found on private land, landholders can play a vital role in the recovery and survival of many species in this region. 

An especially exciting element of the project is a partnership with the scientific team at Natura Pacific to help in the recovery of the endangered Southern Pink Underwing Moth (Phyllodes imperialis smithersi), which is threatened due to land clearing and rainforest fragmentation and is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, invasive species and fire. 

Our project aims to work with landholders to diversify rainforest seed collections and plantings, improve and extend the range of habitat for endangered species (with a particular focus on the Southern Pink Underwing Moth), and build rainforest resilience through increased weed management and quality revegetation activities.

The grant is a wonderful boost for Barung and its members as it is enabling us to expand our native plant nursery so we can propagate more native rainforest plants, deliver more educational workshops and programs, and take a more coordinated approach to threatened species recovery. 

Landholders will have access to a range of educational workshops and field days that will cover topics such as native plant identification, seed collection and plant propagation, rainforest restoration, bush regeneration and fire management. The project will also include environmental film nights, and rainforest revegetation activities with free native rainforest plants available to landholders who take up works as part of the project.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved contact Megan Lee megan@barunglandcare.org.au 

The Landcare Led Bushfire Recovery project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program for Wildlife and their Habitat.