Three perspectives on video of Greening Australia in Tasmania’s Biodiverse Carbon projects.
Greening Australia – Biodiverse carbon restoration: A landholder and science perspective
Features Meadowbank Landowner Gerald Ellis and Restoration Ecologist Neil Davidson describing this visionary program that has planted 130,000 plants with the aim of storing carbon and improving the biodiversity outcomes for the state. This is an opportunity to plant something thats going be measured for the next century.
Supported by the Tasmanian Government, the Australian Research Council and the University of Tasmania.
Greening Australia – Biodiverse carbon restoration: Investor perspective
Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Stornoway and Octagon Australia explain why they support Greening Australia.
“We could tangibly see where our money is being spent. we can go have a look, we can see the trees growing, we can be part of the whole exercise.” “It was a fantastic opportunity for us to get involved in rebuilding an environment that wasn’t ideal any longer.” “We are contributing to the environment through an organisation that we know will improve the environment and that’s what its all about.”
Greening Australia – Biodiverse carbon restoration: Planting contractor perspective
Forestry planting contractor Daniel Cawthorne explains the value of Biodiverse Carbon restoration plantings for the industry, creating local employment, generating farm income and improving the environment.
All of the farming sector knows that climate variability, drought annual autumn feed gap along with general land degradation are all impacting upon the grazing profitability of WA farm lands. With Federal Government Caring for our Country funding, Greening Australia’s Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation (WOPR) trial is now demonstrating an innovative approach to integrate large-scale establishment of native perennial vegetation into existing grazing systems to address these issues.
The approach establishes shelterbelt plantings across low production or damaged paddocks but with a key difference from other fodder systems. The belts are comprised of a mix of native plants with proven fodder attributes an outcome made possible through collaboration with CSIRO’s Enrich program.
The Western Australian Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation (WOPR) pilot project commenced in January 2011 after funding was won from the federal government’s Caring for Our Country fund (CFOCC).The WOPR project goal for 2011 was to engage 10 landholders and establish 100ha to the WOPR system. Achieving this goal was relatively easy as farmers could see the benefits of turning unproductive areas of their farms into living haystacks for use when annual feed supplies run out, especially after an extremely dry previous season.
Now the first 2 years of CFOC funding has come to an end with David Collins, our WOPR Project Officer and his workers delivering a very fine outcome for this first CFOC grant. The project target was for 200ha and the team more than delivered with 660km of direct seeding and more than 50,000 seedlings planted on 327ha across 20 properties. With one more year to be completed we are well on the way to establishing a strong group of WOPR focused farmers.