After the loss of fauna and flora after the forest fires that affected Australia, environmental authorities began a campaign in the southern part of the country to restore habitat and support the species.

“A large number of significant native trees were lost in the fire in Cudlee Creek, (southern country) that provided valuable habitat for the decline of forest bird species,” said a report by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in South Australia.

The country was hit by hundreds of claims since last September, in an unusually long season that ended in February and was fueled by three years of drought, which experts attributed to climate change.

The fires razed nearly 12 million hectares of dry scrub, killing at least 33 people, as well as an estimated 1 billion native animals, including koalas and kangaroos.

The Australian agency said that the Bird Resilience Program will be implemented, in order to safeguard future populations, by restoring habitat. Also, for the next two years they will have the task of reforesting that area.

“The project will provide native and understory tree seedlings, stock-proof tree guards, labor costs, plantation maintenance, and the ability to engage landowners,” he said.

He assured that “the Bird Resilience Program will restore the habitat by planting trees, in addition to promoting the resilience of the landscape and supporting the recovery of the landscape.”

“Recovery for the environment in regions affected by forest fires will not happen overnight, and it will take time and a lot of work, but the federal government will help accelerate this recovery,” he said.

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