Green Army projects launch today to help restore floodplain

TWO Green Army projects in the Clarence Valley will be launched today.

The Clarence Valley Council and EnviTE Environment are sponsoring a series of Green Army projects that will help restore critically endangered vegetation communities on the coast and Clarence Floodplain.

Mayor Richie Williamson will launch the two projects: Rainforest and River Restoration in the Lower Clarence and High Conservation Value Vegetation Restoration in the Clarence Valley.

Green Army team supervisor Shaan Watson said activities included propagation of local plants to revegetate degraded areas and control weeds, which are degrading riverbanks, coastal habitats and lowland rainforest.

"The team will help with erosion control and improve beach accessway and walking track to protect ecosystems from human impacts," he said.

"The teams will also gain skills in plant propagation by collecting seed and growing local rainforest plants in the community nurseries."

The outcome of the projects will be improvements in riparian zones, rainforest health and connectivity, threatened species habitat and resilience to climate change.

Green Army is an opportunity for 17 to 24 year olds to gain training and experience in environmental and conservation fields. For more information, see http://www.environment.gov.au.



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