A Biodiversity Hotspot

In a landmark joint project that will take place over the next 4 years, Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund will be restoring 750 hectares of cleared land on Bush Heritage Australia's Eurardy Reserve in mid-west WA. In July 2019, work was started on the first 200 hectares, with 36,000 native seedlings planted. We will be funding the planting of the remaining 550 hectares over the coming 5 years.

The conditions vary across the large site, so we are carefully planting local species suitable to the soil types, with all coming from local seed collection. It is always our hope that the planting will be self sustaining with little intervention and we rely on natural rainfall. In the highly fertile red soil, we will develop a biodiverse native carbon planting. In the less fertile yellow sandy soil, we will plant the less carbon intensive endemic species that contribute to the ecological restoration of the site.

Restoring the Land

All established vegetation will be native species sourced from within the region. The seed and seedling mix will vary across the property depending upon availability of species and soil type. Some species that might be planted include: Golden Wattle, Hakea, Melaleuca, and York Gum.

Seed collecting will be conducted later this year to improve genetic pool and biodiversity of the species and maintain a seed bank. A mix of shrubs and trees allows for diverse vegetation, which in turn restores habitat for many native fauna.

Partnership

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. In 2005, Bush Heritage purchased Eurardy Reserve, which is home to several threatened species, including the malleefowl and 6 native plant species, and has high floristic diversity.

Acknowledgments

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.