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Protecting biodiversity in the Upper Richmond River

Cat's claw flowerExotic vine weeds such as Madeira vine, Cats claw creeper, moth vine and balloon vine are having a significant adverse effect on biodiversity and catchment water quality in the Richmond River.

Supported by North Coast Local Land Services with funding from the National Landcare Programme, Northern Landcare Support Services is targeting these exotic weeds in the upper reaches of the Richmond River.

Tara Patel, from Northern Landcare Support Services said, “This activity is just one part of a larger project focussing on working with landcare networks to improve the biodiversity and sustainability of our headwaters

Cat's claw on tree“These vine plants grow very quickly, smothering and replacing the native vegetation and they can produce a blanket of vegetation preventing anything else from germinating, decreasing biodiversity and posing a huge threat to catchment health.

“They restrict movement of some native fauna, including threatened species in these significant riparian corridors.

“By starting in the upper reaches we are not only controlling the weeds in these areas but preventing them from spreading further downstream.” Tara said.

The upper Richmond River is important for biodiversity and agriculture and the river provides an important link for arboreal and terrestrial species movements up and down the river system.

Most importantly the area is host to a range of threatened and endangered flora and fauna species and is surrounded by World Heritage National Park and state forest.

If you would like to find out more information about these weeds and how to identify and control them contact info@nlss.com.au or call 6632 3722.

Media contact:
Tara Patel, Northern Landcare Support Services 6632 3722.

Photo captions:
Exotic vine weed - Cat’s Claw Creeper