Narooma littoral rainforest field day
11 April 2016
South East Local Land Services is inviting members of the community to participate in a free rainforest field day on Tuesday, 19 April from 10 am.
Land Services Officer, Peter Gow said the event has been made possible with funding from Catchment Action NSW.
“The field day will involve two informative walks through the different types of rainforest at Narooma - the Wagonga Inlet littoral rainforest and the box cutting rainforest,” Mr Gow said.
“Local Botanist, Jackie Miles will be on hand to guide participants and explain how to identify the native rainforest plants and the threatening weeds.
“There will be discussions on the range of techniques that can be used to control weeds.
“Littoral Rainforest is listed as an Endangered Ecological Community under NSW and Commonwealth legislation, due largely to clearing and the threat to remaining stands. The threats include weeds, feral animals such as deer, fire and the activities of people – track creation, littering, plant collection, and soil disturbance.
“Other less obvious threats include the loss of critical fauna elements from the ecosystem that are needed for pollination or seed dispersal, and the introduction of plant bacterium, viruses and disease such as the recently arrived South American myrtle rust,” Mr Gow said.
Fungi specialist, Teresa Van Der Heul, will also be at the field day to point out some amazing fungi which are present in these rainforests.
“Fungi are vastly underappreciated, yet without them our world would not be the same,” Ms Van Der Heul said.
“Humans and ecosystems need fungi to survive.
“They are nature’s recyclers breaking down dead wood and plant material to be reabsorbed by living organisms including humans.
“Without fungi we would not have bread, alcoholic beverages nor cheese and there would be no antibiotics. Cows and other ruminants would be unable to digest plant material which would effectively eliminate dairy and beef from our diet.
“Gardening would cease and nutrients taken from the earth would never be replaced. Plant debris would be washed into waterways, choking off life to seagrass and aquatic animals.”
For further information and to register please contact Peter Gow, South East Local Land Services on 02 4475 1001.
Media contact: Peter Gow (02) 4475 1001