Conservation Volunteers building a Better Earth in Putty State Forest!

20 May 2004

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Putty State Forest has been selected as a priority area to receive practical care from Conservation Volunteers Australia ‘Better Earth’ program and State Forests of NSW ‘Communities in Forests’ program.

A working forest that has provided timber products for more than a century, Putty State Forest also has significant environmental values, including unique animal communities.

Conservation Volunteers Australia is Australia’s largest practical conservation organisation, completing more than 1500 conservation projects across Australia every year.

Last year community involvement totalled 100,000 project days contributing more than $16 million of practical assistance to the preservation of the Australian environment.

State Forests and Conservation Volunteers Australia have developed a joint program for conservation management activities in forests managed by State Forests. This community involvement program is called “Communities in Forests”.

From 7th to 11th June 2004 people can help build a ‘Better Earth’ by becoming a conservation volunteer and undertaking habitat surveys that include techniques like spotlighting and call play back prior to harvest activities. By undertaking these surveys we are better informing the management and protection of flora and fauna within forest communities.

Volunteering with Conservation Volunteers Australia is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, meet new people and learn new skills – while making a difference to the environment.

Conservation Volunteers Australia welcomes everyone who shares our love of the outdoors and our commitment to the Australian environment.

To organise footage or a photo opportunity or for more information about the Conservation Volunteers Australia project at Putty State Forest contact Sally Whitelaw Regional Manager Conservation Volunteers Australia on 02 9564 1244.

For more information on the Conservation Volunteers Australia Better Earth program contact Karen Dimmock, Community Involvement Manager on (03) 5333 1483 or visit http://www.conservationvolunteers.com.au.