Habitat Restoration

Bushfire Recovery Program

  • YEAR: 2020
  • STATE: National
  • FOCUS AREAS: Growing Parks/Healing our Land/Saving Species/SDG 13: Climate action/SDG 15: Life on Land/SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

Restoration after a bushfire is all about reinstating the vegetation to secure the soil and allow other species to re-inhabit the area. This may be protecting the natural regeneration by fencing to prevent feral predation of new shoots, or by planting new seeds or seedlings in areas adjacent to the burned areas to allow for natural regeneration to occur within the burn scar.

FNPW support

This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Major sponsors: Global Giving, L’Occitane

Project overview

Research has shown that 19 ecosystem types in Australian territories have, or are undergoing, some form of collapse[1]. Many of these ecosystem locations overlap with the 2019 – 2020 bushfire impacted zones. The United Nations has launched its Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021 – 2030) placing the attention on a whole system approach.

Having identified the priority LGAs and secured Bushfire Recovery Nurseries with seedbanks within those areas, the chain of support has been established to allow restoration activities to go ahead. The program is currently partnering with landcare groups, landowners, schools, friends of groups, as well as environmental contractors who are undertaking large scale restoration.


FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation the we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.



The project is ongoing.

This project was funded by FNPW in 2020.


FNPW is the lead organisation for this project.

2022 Habitat Restoration Grants Announced

Project Name Organisation Location
Gardens of Stone Tree Planting Four Wheel Drive NSW & ACT Inc Gundungurra Land NSW
Eastern Conservation Planting, Kangaroo Creek Jack Francis Gumbaynggirr Land NSW
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Bushland Regeneration National Trust of Australia (Queensland) Limited t/as Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Yugambeh Land QLD
Youngman Creek Watershed Rehabilitation Bundjalung Tribal Society Bundjalung Land NSW
10,000 trees, shrubs & groundcovers for the Snowy Monaro dieback region Upper Snowy Landcare Network Ngarigo Land NSW
Quoll Headquarters Boonoo Boonoo Tenterfield Steven Haslam Jukembal, Kamilaroi, Bundjalung Land NSW
Trees for Fire Affected Landcarers Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council Ngarigo Land NSW
Rifflerun Riparian Project, Manning River John Hamlyn Harris Biripi Land NSW
Crookshanks’ Peak Creek Flat Planting Crookshanks Associates Ngarigo Land NSW
Bombay Bossiaea Post-Fire Project Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council Ngarigo Land NSW
Websters Creek rainforest regeneration John. W. Allen on behalf of Websters Creek Catchment Landcare Widjubul Wai-bal Clan area, Bundjalung Land NSW

Related Projects


Goal: Build the capacity of communities to identify their endemic species and secure seed from those plants to ensure the ongoing survival of species post bushfires.

Bushfire Recovery Program

Following the catastrophic bushfires in summer 2019-2020, the Healing our land campaign was developed by FNPW to support long term bushfire recovery projects across Australia.