Ecological restoration

Ecological restoration plan

Ecological restoration is the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that
has been degraded, damaged or destroyed
(Society for Ecological Restoration 2004)

The goal of ecological restoration is full recovery, insofar as possible… (Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia 2017).

In 2020 the Bushcare Group adopted a specific Ecological Restoration Plan for the upper catchment of Lawson Creek, Lawson, Blue Mountains. This catchment area is an important component of the entire bushcare site, and features some good stands of indigenous vegetation, and regular visitation by indigenous animals. Unfortunately though, dense infestations of Privet and Blackberry are also present. The Bushcare Group’s aspiration is to restore the catchment area to a condition that facilitates its ongoing ecological development and functioning as swamp, riparian and forest communities.

Access the complete plan here.

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Ecological restoration area — measuring progress

Swamp ecological restoration area with major weed infestation at right Dec 2018 Photo: P ArdillSwamp ecological restoration area with major weed infestation treated Dec 2021 Photo: P Ardill
Before: Ecological restoration area swamp with major weed infestation at centre-right Dec 2018; After: same area with weed infestation treated Dec 2021 Photos: P Ardill

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