What’s planting this season?

2019 will be our biggest plantings yet! We’ll be restoring 243 hectares across 3 sites at Eurardy and Brookton with a whopping 365,000 trees and shrubs

Eurardy Reserve 2019

This year Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund is proud to announce the first of our plantings at Eurardy Reserve in WA, in cooperation with Bush Heritage Australia.  To view map press here. 

In a landmark joint project, Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund will be restoring 750 hectares of cleared land on the property over the next 4-5 years, beginning with 200 hectares in 2019 - 150 hectares of biodiverse carbon planting on the fertile red soil, and 50 hectares of ecological restoration native tree planting on the yellow sandy soil.

Bush Heritage purchased the reserve in 2005, after it was found to have high floristic diversity and be home to several threatened species including the malleefowl and 6 native plant species. The reserve is tucked in the northern end of biodiversity hotspot and forms a critical habitat link between Kalbarri National Park and Toolonga Nature Reserve to the north. In addition to the threatened plant species, there are 45 plant species which are priority species - possibly threatened species that do not meet survey criteria.

We hope this project will:

  • Conserve Biodiversity
  • Set an ecological trajectory modeled remnant undisturbed bushland.
    Improve our understanding of ecosystem reassembly in a highly diverse and complex land system.
  • Reduce the threat posed by invasive and overabundant species to the surrounding intact native vegetation
  • Create a long term carbon sink through landscape restoration

 

The planting areas will be registered under both Clean Energy Regulator (ACCUs) and Gold Standard (VER). A 100-year Carbon Right and Carbon Covenant are in place to legally protect the plantings.

Initial estimates of potential carbon yield across the project area are an average 150-180 tonnes of CO2 per hectare at year 50. This includes litter and soil carbon. This estimate will be reviewed around the time of the year 3 monitoring once species composition and density are measured. Our mixed-species allometrics equations for estimating above and below-ground carbon storage are based on extensive sampling of Acacia woodlands and York gum woodlands in partnership with Auscarbon and CSIRO.

 

Bush Heritage is an independent not-for-profit that buys and manages land, and partners with Aboriginal people, to protect our irreplaceable landscapes and native species, forever. Through its combined network of reserves and partnerships, Bush Heritage is supporting the protection of 8.86 million hectares.

Brookton 2019

Work has commenced on our winter 2019 projects. We have two separate sites in Brookton WA a wheatbelt town 198 km's outside of Perth (click here for map), which we will restore with native and endemic plants.

Brookton – Saltland

We will be planting 10 hectares (ha) of a 100 ha salt affected area in Brookton with native saltbush, acacia and melaleuca. This is a test site which will act as a guide for future salt land revegetation sites. 17 million ha of land in Australia is lost to salinity, which is caused by the clearing of deep-rooted perennial vegetation, such as saltbush and grasses. Although it is a relatively low carbon yield we are very excited to explore the environmental benefits of restoring these areas.

We are working with local landowners Ian and Margaret Hall on this project. Ian has been a long term supporter of biodiverse native regeneration, through both planting his own farms and his directorships with industry organisations including Avongro, Australian Forest Growers and Wheatbelt NRM.

Planting will commence this winter and will be conducted by our planting contractor Wheatbelt NRM via Noongar Budjar Rangers.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program.

Brookton – Biodiverse

We are planting an additional 33ha on a separate site in Brookton. The soils have been tested and assessed as being suitable for a mix of native species including sandalwood. Sandalwood does not thrive in soils with high salinity due to the increased risk of water logging, but is well suited to this site.

Like our 2018 Bencubbin project, the planting mix will be around 30% native sandalwood and 70% mixed endemic species. Adding native sandalwood to the planting gives the landowner the benefit of a future source of future income. They can harvest the nuts as the trees grow, and may harvest the wood once the trees reach maturity. After harvest, the carbon remains 'locked up' for the life of the wood. Sandalwood is ‘root hemi-parasitic’, meaning it needs to attach its roots to the roots of other plants to extract water and soil nutrients.

The planting will include a mix of the following seeds and seedlings:
Acacia acuminate, Acacia lasiocaly, Allocasuarina huegelliana, Acacia meisneri, Acacia microbotrya, Banksia attenuate, Banksia prionotes, Hakea multilineata, Hakea corymbosa, Hakea prostrata, Acacia saligna, Allocasuarina humilis

Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund acknowledges the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to elders both past and present.