Richmond Park is a vital community asset situated in the regional town of Casino. It is enclosed by Queensland Road, West Street and the Casino Murwillumbah railway line. Within this expanse lies the Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetlands, an integral part of the Richmond Park. Serving as a natural haven, it offers protection and solace to assorted wildlife, including indigenous birds.
Revamped in 1988 as a part of a bicentennial project, Richmond Park now enjoys recreational amenities catering to both the local populace and tourists. The creation of ponds alongside the existing wetlands, coupled with strategic plantings, has augmented the sanctuary, providing a safe environment specifically to native animals and birdlife.
According to SEED, the central resource for sharing and enabling environmental data funded by the NSW Government, the Jabiru Geneebeinga Wetland falls into the high blue carbon category. Blue carbon denotes carbon that is sequestered from the atmosphere and stores in marine and coastal ecosystems such as seagrass meadows, mangroves, wetlands, and tidal marshes. These ecosystems are effective carbon removal systems, capable of storing up to five times more carbon per unit area than tropical forests and absorbing it from the atmosphere approximately three times as rapidly.
Preserving and restoring these vital carbon sinks is crucial for the overall health and sustainability of local environments and communities, making them essential components for effective environmental conservation and management strategies.
Interested to find out more?
Join our Wetland Community Group for the chance to attend wetland events, information days, and working bees. As a part of our community, you can actively contribute to preserving our local wetlands and protecting our diverse wildlife. Your involvement will help sustain the natural beauty and ecological balance of our wetlands. We welcome all those passionate about the environment to join us in creating a greener and more sustainable future for our community.
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