20 Million Trees

20 million trees will be planted by 2020 to deliver real environmental benefits at the local level.

Improving Remnant Vegetation to Enhance Malleefowl Neighbourhoods is a 20 Million Trees partnership project between Greening Australia, the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and Yarra Yarra landholders.

Through funding from the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme, the community and project partners will revegetate over 300 hectares of cleared farmland through direct seeding and planting of native trees.  In addition to providing vital habitat for Malleefowl, the onground work will benefit a range of other threatened plant and animal species in the area, such as the Western Spiny-tailed Skink and the Fitzgerald’s Mulla Mulla.

This project will complement the work of Yarra Yarra farmers who have proudly been working to address land management issues in the catchment since 1997 by strategically restoring cleared farmland.  The catchment, which covers over 1.8 million hectares, contains an impressive diversity of plants but due to extensive clearing for agriculture, has less than 10% of its native vegetation remaining.

During initial project development, ten farmers have identified parcels of land on their properties for revegetation. These areas will be revegetated using Greening Australia’s direct seeding technologies; a process refined over many years.

NACC is seeking farmers in the Yarra Yarra, particularly those who have revegetation sites containing suitable Malleefowl habitat, to contact us if they would like to be involved in this exciting project (i.e. diverse mallee and/or tall Acacia shrublands on sand and/or gravel).

For more information please contact NACC’s  Biodiversity Project Officer Lizzie King.

For a fun and creative resource see our Malleefowl Colouring Sheet

 

This project is supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council and Greening Australia through funding from the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme. 

Leave a reply