Nov 23, 2020

Healing our land update report

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Wildlife-Heroes-photo-courtesy-Doug-Gimesy

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW) is committed to continuing its critical regeneration efforts post bushfires, which left over 12 million hectares burned and over a billion native animals affected. 

Healing our land is FNPW's global emergency appeal to help recover the land affected by the 2019/20 bushfires. Its aim is to restore habitats for threatened species, regenerate national parks with tree plantings and landscape management and purchase land for the purpose of creating new national parks.

The initiative has allowed FNPW to respond immediately by distributing much-needed funds to wildilfe rehabilitation groups across Australia. 

The impact of the Black Summer bushfires continues to affect many wildlife carers across Australia. Many are wondering how they will face another summer with so many fire-affected animals still in care, and so much infrastructure yet to be repaired. In August FNPW opened the National Wildlife Heroes Large Durable Asset Grant round, with $800,000 of funds available for the purchase or construction of wildlife treatment and rehabilitation facilities. This, and other initiatives to follow, will help to support wildlife and their carers on the long road to recovery.

FNPW has also announced a project to plant one million trees in Bushfire Recovery Nurseries around Australia. Trees from the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries will be integral in re-building wildlife habitats and will be planted in national parks across Australia, as well as other public and private lands affected by bushfires.

Given the impact of Australia's devastating bushfires in 2019/20, the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries wll be the first step in significant replanting following the impact of the bushfire on tree species' in gravely affected areas. 

FNPW is raising funds to plant the one million trees over the next five years in Bushfire Recovery Nurseries around Australia to propagate native plants for erosion prevention and restore animal habitats for species including the Glossy Black Cockatoo and Koala. 

FNPW is working with governments and community partners to assess priority areas in NSW, ACT, Victoria and South Australia. Trees from the Bushfire Recovery Nurseries will be planted in national parks across Australia, as well as other public and private lands that have been affected by bushfires. 

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Jul 27, 2020

Healing our land update

As part of the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife’s Healing our Land initiative, our focus is to repair the damage inflicted on our country following the devastating bushfires.

With over 12 million hectares of national park and bushland affected and an estimated one billion native animals losing their lives, the initiative will focus on the regeneration and recovery of Australia’s flora and fauna.

As an urgent next step following the horrific bushfire season, we have awarded the first of our Emergency Bushfire Recovery Grants, with an initial focus on rehabilitating urgent, devastated areas in New South Wales and South Australia.

Please see below for further information.

NSW

Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation/Birkenburn Cultural Burn Program & Workshops: Koori Country Firesticks Aboriginal Corporation (KCFSAC), in collaboration with private landholders Tom Gordon and Martina Shelley, will undertake a cultural burning program for Tom and Martina's rural property "Birkenburn" in the NSW Southern Tablelands. The project aims to regenerate and maintain biodiverse habitat on the property and protect it from wildfire, while encouraging and enabling surrounding landholders and community to do the same.

Aboriginal Site Recording Yengo NP and Surrounding Country: The bushfires affected extensive areas of the Yengo NP and hundreds of cave paintings and engravings sites may have been impacted by the fires. At the same time, unrecorded sites may be revealed as the bush is more open and overhangs and rock platforms are visible. Elder Warren Taggart and his team of volunteers will visit known sites and report back to National Parks (NP) with documentation for the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS).

Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council: Cultural surveys will be undertaken on the land damaged by the bushfires, to assess for cultural sites, landmarks and places of significance. Flora and fauna surveys will help with the regeneration, repopulation and natural migration of species which play an important role in our country.

AABR post-wildfire bush regeneration assistance: The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators will create marketing resources and host three weeding workshops in fire-affected high conservation areas where post-fire regrowth is being hampered by weed regeneration. Its purpose is to provide guidance and basic post-re bush regeneration skills to bushland managers and community volunteers.

Climate Change effect on World Heritage Area, Blue Mountains: The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI) has launched a project to monitor the impact of climate change on the ecosystems of the Blue Mountains of NSW, focusing particularly on the impacts for threatened upland swamps which face intensifying drought, fire and local flooding.

Wattleridge IPA Recovery: This conservation project aims to provide emergency support to sensitive ecological communities and associated fauna species habitats impacted by the recent fires in the Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area (IPA).

SA

Saving the Nationally Critically Endangered Mount Lofty Ranges Speedwell: The Saving Mount Lofty Speedwell project is a targeted conservation initiative to expand the number of plants in the Mount Lofty Ranges from current estimates of approximately 200 plants to over 600 plants over a 2 year period.

Investigating the impact of bushfires on Kangaroo Island echidnas: This citizen science project aims to investigate echidna distribution, diet and health following the bushfires, which have added additional pressure on the endangered species.

Nest boxes for wildlife after fires on Kangaroo Island: As a result of the Kangaroo Island bushfires, a community nest box project has been initiated to provide immediate shelter for insectivorous bats, pygmy-possums, and several bird and reptile species. 

We will continue to provide updates on each of these projects as they progress.

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May 18, 2020

Wildlife Emergency Appeal - Thank You

Thank you for your support during the most devastating bush fire season in Australia’s history.

We are pleased to announce the conclusion of the immediate response phase of the Bushfire Emergency in helping our volunteer wildlife rescue groups, or, as we like to call them, our Wildlife Heroes. The program has helped 76 volunteer wildlife care groups and shelters rescue and care for the millions of wild animals impacted by the summer’s extreme heat and widespread fires.

More than $400,000 has been allocated to wildlife carers to ease the personal expense of buying fuel, medical supplies, protective equipment and animal food in response to the summers extreme fire and heat.

The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife was the first organisation to get emergency funds to wildlife groups, recognising their critical role as first responders. From December 2019 funds were delivered to groups who were on the front-line rescuing animals across NSW. Through the support of the Australian Government and our generous FNPW community of donors and sponsors, funds were then distributed in 2020 to groups in other states responding to fires.

But our work delivering recovery efforts to these Wildlife Heroes has only just begun, not to mention the ongoing work needed to repair the damage from the bushfires and begin Healing our land.

The relief of cooler weather and rain has not eased the pressure on wildlife groups who continue to care for burnt animals. Calls from the public about injured and orphaned animals continue at higher than normal levels as wildlife roam into urban areas searching for food and shelter. Many groups are struggling to house the increased intake, especially those that lost infrastructure and enclosures in the fires.

The Wildlife Heroes program will continue to support wildlife volunteers through the recovery phase over the coming 12 months with new grant rounds planned for coming months including funds for large asset purchase and rebuild, training and vaccines.

On behalf of all our precious Australian wildlife, we thank our wildlife volunteers and we thank you!

The Wildlife Heroes program is a three-year program supported by the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust.

Healing our land is the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife’s project for the vital recovery effort needed to repair our damaged wildlife habitats and national parks after the fires.

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