Community response

Rainforest Landcare Group formed in 1992 in response to the fragile nature of the remaining Big Scrub remnants and the very high conservation value of local, national and international significance.

BSL was incorporated in 1995 and received it first project grant. The group evolved and grew rapidly and now is the largest and most active landcare group in the region with over 300 members.

BSL facilitates, promotes and participates in the restoration of the Big Scrub which involves:Rehabilitation of remnants mitigating threats; Revegetation of cleared rainforest lands; Restoring the effective functioning of ecological processes within the Big Scrub ecosystem; Maintaining biodiversity including threatened species population and habitats; Enhancing Big Scrub awareness among politicians, relevant government agencies and their people, local government, landholders and the community generally; Generating landholder enthusiasm, skills and commitment by providing information, education materials and demonstrations; Assisting, networking with and taking roles in government and community organisations with key roles in natural resource management; Running effective on-ground restoration projects; Maintaining the highest technical and professional standards, using best science: Conducting events and activities, creating and distributing publications for education/ information/ publicity: Obtaining funding for on-ground projects and other activities State of the Big Scrub in the 1990’s  Highly fragmented landscape: losing biodiversity  Remnants rapidly degrading – almost no restoration activity  Many threatened species, little recovery activity  Little community awareness or involvement  Minimal resources available for restoration  Long- term survival of ecosystem in doubt.

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