Current and Future Projects
What’s planting this season?
Work has commenced on our winter 2019 projects. We have two separate sites in Brookton WA, which we will be restoring 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