Often found on the edges of Blue Gum High Forest, Sydney Turpentine-Ironbark Forest (STIF) is dominated by Turpentine, Eucalypts and Ironbarks, together with smaller trees such as the Parramatta Wattle and White Dogwood, and a mixture of grasses.
The combined area of STIF and BGHF once covered 46,000 hectares, but just 0.5 per cent of the original STIF remains in Ku-ring-gai due to land clearing.
STIF fact sheet (pdf. 1MB)
Save the forest
There’s lots you can do to help preserve STIF:
If you live near the forest, there’s even more you can do to help preserve it:
- Plant some of the forest’s native species, such as Parramatta Wattle, Native Peach and Pastel Flower, in your garden. This will help attract birds, mammals and butterflies.
- Be careful when mowing your lawn. Mowing underneath STIF trees prevents seedlings from establishing. Hand weed or poison weeds instead.
- Remove weeds from your own garden to stop them spreading into STIF
- If you’re using greywater in your garden, use low phosphorus detergents
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