A World Record for Biodiverse Carbon Plantings?

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Establishment of 286 species of trees, shrubs and plants across 100 hectares. That could well be a world first for a carbon farming project.

 

Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) was delighted to show off our ‘Yarraweyah Falls’ planting project to 130 people at a Bush Heritage organised field day on 29 September.

 

Together with Bush Heritage’s ‘Monjebup Reserve’ revegetation, the two sites are wonderful examples of restoration plantings linked to remnant bush providing sanctuary for fauna under threat of extinction, such as the Mallefowl.

 

Gondwana Link CEO, Keith Bradbury introduced landowners Bill and Jane Thompson to CNCF in 2012. They wanted to revegetate cleared land adjoining 700ha bushland.

 

CNCF entered into a landholder agreement with Bill and Jane and a planting services agreement with ecosystem restoration and carbon specialist Justin Jonson from Threshold Environmental. The 100 hectares was planned and direct seeded and hand-planted by Justin with 102 species, a relatively high number of species for a carbon revegetation project.

 

CNCF funded the restoration planting by the sale of reforestation carbon credits. The site is estimated to produce 26,500 tonnes of CO2e over the next 25 years and will be protected with a carbon right and carbon covenant for 100 years.

 

But it was Bill and Jane went the extra step in collecting seed, growing seedlings in their own nursery and hand planting, to achieve a species count to date of 286 – making ‘Yarraweyah Falls’ one of the most diverse carbon revegetation sites in Australia.

 

So here is a wonderful example of how the voluntary carbon market can be the economic driver for restoring uneconomic and degraded farmland, providing habitat for wildlife, and supporting local businesses in regional areas.

 

For more information, check out this article from the Albany Advertiser.