NSW STORIES

Caring for the Clarence: A community tree planting initiative

Creating wildlife corridors and expanding habitat is crucial for the koala’s survival. This project is a great example of how you and your community can get together and make a significant difference to this Aussie icon.

Following the devastating 2019-20 bushfires, the local Clarence Valley community set out to educate the community and restore important koala habitat.

5000 trees have now been planted on the NSW North Coast with funding from the NSW Koala Strategy.

Led by a pair of Clarence Valley changemakers, Hayley Talbot and Dan Ross, the team planted 5000 koala food and shelter trees on local properties. This community project partnered with the NSW Government’s Koala Strategy to engage landholders in creating koala corridors.

These trees will continue growing and creating important koala habitat for many decades to come.

The group engaged local community members through social media, newsletters and brochures. The content focused on reducing threats to koalas such as dog attacks and vehicle strikes, and how to improve their habitat. They also promoted the I Spy Koala app which allows community members to record their sightings of koalas in the wild. This information helps to inform koala conservation and better planning decisions. Find out more about the I Spy Koala app.

There are many ways you too can be a tree planting warrior and help koalas:

  • Reach out to a local group already restoring habitat and helping koalas. You can find local koala groups on the Help Koalas Page.
  • Run your own koala habitat program with volunteers. Find out more here.
  • Download the Koala habitat revegetation guidelines. These guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations and best-practice methods for revegetating koala habitat.
  • Check out other successful habitat restoration case studies like that in Bongil Bongil National Park
  • Download other free resources and templates so you can share your experiences and success with others, attract more support for your projects and apply for grants more easily. Find out more on the Resources to Help Koalas page.

5000 food and habitat trees were planted in the Clarence Valley

The I Spy Koala App was promoted in the region to help record important koala data

Be inspired and get involved in koala projects near you.