The Sydney Morning Herald

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In order to save the last patch of unburnt forest in Manyana on the NSW South Coast, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife launched a fundraising campaign after 80 per cent of the Shoalhaven region’s national parks were destroyed in the summer fires, “every piece of unburnt habitat is precious”.

FNPW says the remaining mature forest in and around the village of Manyana has become a refuge for wildlife that fled the summer fires. “This now rare, unburnt forest rings with a chorus of birdsong, unlike the nearby scorched bushland which is deathly silent,” and that donations may be used for the purchase of privately held land.

Since bushfire devastated the region, a residents’ action group has fought against the project to subdivide the 20 hectares of forest into 182 residential plots.