In 2021, some camps are organising camp experiences for you to participate in. We are hopeful that they will be able to go ahead. Camps will follow the local conditions closely, and may have to cancel activities if the local COVID-19 situation forces them to do so. If you have already signed up for a camp-activity you will be informed when this happens. We will update the website also, when such decisions are taken. Please check your own local authority travel advisory to see if you can travel to or return from the camp after the activity. At all times, when at camps, please observe it’s COVID-19 policy (such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, etc).
Reforest Now works in the iconic subtropical region of Australia, primarily in the Byron Shire of Northern New South Wales. Here we find remnant rainforests and cleared rainforest areas which are the focus of our reforestation efforts. We envision turning cleared land back into rainforest.
A camp with Reforest Now will include helping us grow and plant thousands of subtropical native trees to this region.
The Reforest Now nursery is the heart of our operations. Here we grow the 200+ species we plant around the region. Nursery activities include learning how to propagate seeds and how to care for seedlings and young trees.
When the trees are ready for planting and we have a site allocated we take the young trees to the site and plant! The planting sites vary and will be your second visited site after the nursery.
During a camp we can offer time at the nursery and on the planting site.
Note: at the moment the planting and nursery site are closed to the public until further notice. We are actively planting trees but only our small internal crew are doing the work.
We currently do not have any accommodation facilities. There are camping sites within a few kilometers of the nursery. For example there are campings with basic facilities located in Mullumbimby or in Byron Bay. Your own transport is essential between camping sites and the nursery.
The day schedule will include:
– A morning at the nursery (3 hours)
– Lunch break
– Driving to the planting site
– Planting at site (2-3 hours)
– A trip to a local waterfall or rainforest afterwards!
Donations can be in any quantity and we aim to fund the planting of over 200,000 trees between 2020-2022.
One tree costs $5 AUD. This includes all costs from growing, transport, labour, and maintenance. Every $5 goes directly to allocating one tree to a planting site. The trees are planted within 6 months of donation in case trees need more time growing.
We prefer campers to stay with us for a short term (between 2 and 7 days), as some weeks are quiet in between plantings and limited nursery work is available during some times.
Work experience is unnecessary. However the ability to stand for a few hours at a time and kneel at a planting site is essential. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access at planting sites and this labour requires an element of fitness involved, some lifting may be required.
We prefer campers who are enthusiastic about nature, trees and working together. Don’t forget that the temperature can rise up to 25-30 degrees with full sun and that days can be very hot.
The land we plant on was once teaming with life. It is home to Australias largest subtropical rainforest called the Big Scrub Rainforest. Now, after agricultural clearing only 10% remains. With empty farms and new owners who wish to see forests where they once were, we aim to reforest this cleared land and plant trees that will remain here forever.
Our vision is to restore this region and see rainforest on every paddock, to connect remnant rainforest patches, and bring habitat and food species back to the region for the longevity of the flora and fauna species here.
We plant on previously cleared rainforest land and the land will be protected as rainforest. This reforested land cannot be destroyed or logged as many species we plant are endangered or critically endangered native species.
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Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.
Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.
Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020