Future Carbon Projects

Peniup, WA

Project

On the Peniup property, Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia run a project to protect existing bushland, and restore key habitats and ecological linkages within the Fitz-Stirling Operational Area of the Gondwana Link Initiative.

 Why Peniup

‘Peniup’ is part of a plan to restore bushland between the Stirling Ranges National Park and the Fitzgerald River National Park, as well as to capture carbon. It is already providing habitat for many rare and threatened species of wildlife.

About the project

In July 2007, Gondwana Link partners Greening Australia and Bush Heritage Australia co-purchased the 2406 ha property. As a result, existing bushland habitat patches on the property can be protected and restored.  They can also be made larger and reconnected with revegetation within the Fitz-Stirling Operation Area of Gondwana Link.

The revegetation plan has been developed to carefully select species that can thrive on the highly diverse and often hostile soils found in this region.

The science behind Peniup:

  • The soil was tested for type and consistency and a soil map created
  • These results were used to identify what trees and shrubs would be suited to each soil type
  • Seeds were collected from the local area in and around Peniup
  • A specially designed tool was used to plant the seeds with minimal impact and for a more natural structure to the planting
  • The plantings are also designed to support local wildlife
  • Research was conducted into how to better measure the carbon captured by this planting
  • The area is being monitored annually in 42 permanent plots in collaboration with the University of Western Australia

What we’ve achieved

A total of 290 hectares have been planted to date, improving the connections between fragments of mallee woodland. The Peniup planting is near the Peniup Conservation Reserve, which is managed by the WA Department of Environment and Conservation. An additional 500 hectares will be planted by 2014 with support from the Clean Energy Futures Biodiversity Fund.

Partners

  • Bush Heritage Australia
  • University of Western Australia
  • WA Department of Environment and Conservation
  • Clean Energy Futures Biodiversity Fund

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