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Seedling donations to help Port Macquarie Koala Hospital

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The NSW’s Forestry Corporation is delivering around 25, 000 tree seedlings for Koalas in the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. This is their annua koala food tree giveaway program.

To build a koala habitat on their land is the main goal of this program by giving koala food tree seedlings to the local and community groups. Their objectives are to support koala populations, and help the improvement of the connectivity between areas, to provide future food and habitat, and improve habitat value, so over 25,000 seedlings were donated to the local as planting projects.

All of the seedlings were grown from the Forestry Corporation’s Grafton nursery. Forestry Corporation’s Partnerships Leader, , Sandra Madeley said that they had an extraordinary start with the perfect growing conditions and look amazingly healthy and luscious.

Ms. Madeley said, “These seedlings are grown in Forestry Corporation’s Grafton Nursery, a state of the art nursery growing high quality seedlings which will thrive when planted in areas they naturally grow.”

She also shared that the selection of seedlings in the giveaway were not only grown naturally in the Port Macquarie Hastings area, but they are the favourite food of the koalas, including other trees such as Forest Red Gum, Tallowwood, Swamp Mahogany and Grey Gum.

Scott Castle, the Koala Hospital conservation manager said that this is the fourth year that the Koala Hospital has run the seedling giveaway in partnership with Forestry Corporation.

“That’s 85,000 trees in the ground in areas where there was little or no habitat, and that is a massive positive in my opinion, ” Mr. Castle added.

Since April 1, the program has been still running even though they had a hard time planting this year due to the impacts of severe weather and flooding that have hampered.

Mr Castle said, “However, now that the sun has come out, so have the many passionate locals and groups wanting to plant seedlings to support koala populations.”

Some  information and resources to support the planting operations was also provided by the Forestry Corporation.

Ms Madeley said that their specialist staff have developed a series of guides to support the crucial steps before and after trees are planted.

 

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