An environmental project from the North East Bioregional Network has won a prestigious international award.
The Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia International Award for Restoration Excellence - in the larger scale projects category - was awarded to the network for the Restore Skyline Tier project.
The project involved restoring radiata pine plantations at Scamander back to biodiverse native forests at a landscape scale.
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The award was presented to the NEBN during a conference in Darwin last week.
The award acknowledges individuals or organisations that have made a significant contribution to the science or practice of ecological restoration, the development of new approaches, and strategies to involve the public.
President Todd Dudley said the network was proud to receive the award.
"The project is a great example of the forest industry and a conservation group working together for positive ecological outcomes including restoring important coastal water catchments, regenerating diverse native forests, recovering habitat for threatened species and improving wildlife corridor," he said.
"The Restore Skyline Tier project has also demonstrated that well planned and implemented ecological restoration projects can generate excellent social and economic benefits for rural communities including providing local employment and training opportunities and improving mental and physical health."
Mr Dudley said the work also provided the example that not only could areas be rehabilitated, but that they could give hope to people that degraded areas were able to be brought back to a healthy ecosystem.
The project was started in 2008 and still has a long way to go according to Mr Dudley.
"It's just ongoing, following up on the work we have already done and working on new areas as well."
The project has been supported by a range of programs, grants and organisations such as Green Army, federal governments, Environment Tasmania, Landcare Tasmania, The Wilderness Society, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Highways and Byways, the University of Tasmania, My Pathways, and local volunteers.
For more information visit nebn.org.au/projects/restore-skyline-tier.