Noxious Camphor Laurels Spreading Along Evans Head-Broadwater Road Need Urgent Control

The introduced Camphor Laurel is spreading along the Evans Head Broadwater Road on the road verge adjacent to Broadwater National Park

The introduced Camphor Laurel Cinnamomum camphora is spreading along the Evans Head-Broadwater Road on the verge adjacent to Broadwater National Park.

Camphor Laurel trees are a pest weed species in Northern NSW.   The Evans Head-Broadwater area, including Broadwater National Park,  has been relatively free of this invasive weed until just recently.

Camphor Laurel along the Evans Head Broadwater Road

Camphor Laurel along the Evans Head-Broadwater Road

The sudden appearance of young trees followed the digging of a trench along the western side of the Evans Head-Broadwater Road.  The trench carries the sewerage line from Broadwater to the Evans Head Sewerage Treatment Plant.  It is well-known that Camphor Laurels like disturbed soil

The Camphor Laurels start just north of the Evans Head Sewerage Treatment Plant and can be found up to and along the long straight section of the road which dissects the National Park.

The Camphor Laurels start just north of the Evans Head Sewerage Treatment Plant road and can be found up to and along the long straight section of the road which dissects the National Park. There are at least 100 trees with most on the western side of the road but some are also growing on the eastern side along the road verge.

 

Road verge showing young Camphor Laurel near disturbed trench soil

Road verge with young Camphor Laurel near disturbed trench soil

Some trees on the eastern side are also becoming established.  It is not clear why the eastern side also has Camphor Laurels but there are only a few of them compared with the western side of the road.

Camphor Laurels along eatern side of the road

Camphor Laurels along the  eastern side of the road are becoming establish even though no trench was dug on this side.  The reason for their presence on the eastern side is unclear

No doubt there will be some dispute about whose responsibility it is to deal with the problem but given the fact that the vast majority of the trees are on the road verge  and the road allowance is the responsibility of Richmond Valley Council, council needs to step up urgently to deal with the infestation before the trees start to produce seed.  Camphor Laurels produce seed after seven years.

The work needs to be done with the advice of National Parks so that damage to other plant and animal species is minimised or avoided.

Camphor Laurels are also starting to appear elsewhere at Evans Head.  Time for some action before the problem gets out of hand.  ‘A stitch in time……’!IMG_7461

 

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