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Tasmanian Conservation Group Wins International Ecological Restoration Award

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Tasmanian nature conservation organisation the North East Bioregional Network (NEBN) has won a prestigious international award for the Restore Skyline Tier project which involves restoring Radiata Pine plantations back to biodiverse native forests at a landscape scale The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) International Award for Restoration Excellence (Larger Scale Projects Category) was presented […]

Tasmanian nature conservation organisation the North East Bioregional Network (NEBN) has won a prestigious international award for the Restore Skyline Tier project which involves restoring Radiata Pine plantations back to biodiverse native forests at a landscape scale

The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) International Award for Restoration Excellence (Larger Scale Projects Category) was presented to the Network at the SERA Conference in Darwin last week.

The award acknowledges individuals or organisations that have made a significant, enduring or internationally recognised contribution to the science and/or practice of ecological restoration through achieving high standards of practice at a site, the development of innovative new approaches and methods and also strategies for involving the public in restoration efforts.

North East Bioregional Network President Todd Dudley said: “We are very proud and excited to receive such a significant award from SERA.”

“We acknowledge and thank our major project partners New Forests and Timberlands Pacific for their contribution to the project and their willingness to work constructively with us and be open minded about trying different conservation land management methodologies.”

“The project is a great example of the forest industry and a conservation group working together for positive ecological outcomes including restoring important coastal water catchments, regenerating diverse native forests, recovering habitat for threatened species and improving wildlife corridor.”

“The Restore Skyline Tier project has also demonstrated that well planned and implemented ecological restoration projects can generate excellent social and economic benefits for rural communities including providing local employment and training opportunities and improving mental and physical health.”

“A range of programs (i.e. Green Army) and grants from federal governments as well as support from organisations such as Environment Tasmania, Landcare Tasmania, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Highways and Byways, UTAS, My Pathways and local volunteers have all contributed to the project’s success.”

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The United Nations Decade On Ecosystem Restoration commences on 5 June (World Environment Day) this year.

Images courtesy NEBN: Skyline Tier (below) before regeneration and (above) after harvesting, burning and weeding.


 

Source: Tasmanian Times https://www.tasmaniantimes.com/2021/05/tasmanian-conservation-group-wins-international-ecological-restoration-award/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tasmanian-conservation-group-wins-international-ecological-restoration-award

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