We are pleased to announce the success of our 2018 planting regime in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor. We had 250 hectares planned but, with ideal planting conditions on our side, exceeded our goal and completed 300 hectares of new plantings. To our great delight 56,700 seedlings were planted, nearly all were mixed endemic eucalyptus species interspersed with a smattering of casuarinas. We decided to boost previously established fields by hand-planting seedlings in the inter-rows with the objective of achieving better long-term sequestration. All middle and lower storey plants - such as acacias, melaleucas and Australian sandalwood - had already been planted. The newly planted trees further enhance the biodiversity and the upper canopy species of the forest.
These tree plantings will have a variety of positive benefits that go beyond carbon sequestration. As stated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in a 2018 article "...trees cool and humidify air, they slow drying winds, make oxygen, bind soil, purify air, cycle nutrients, build soil carbon, and buffer extreme weathers..."
This reforestation project more than removes carbon from the atmosphere now and every day; it has positive social, environmental and economic benefits, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).