Biodiverse Reforestation to Restore Ecosystems

 Planting Native Flora

Over 2017-2018, Dream Foundation, ReadyFundGo and Carbon Neutral are collaborating to plant Australian native flora to restore ecosystems in two ways through CrowdFunding.

  1. A children’s movement called earth week created by and eight year old girl, Gaby, where native flora is planted in the Baulkham Hills Shire in Sydney, Australia
  2. Supporting the largest Biodiverse Reforestation Project in Australia in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor in Western Australia

We will track them on this page.

  1. 50,000 plantings of natives by Gaby’s movement in the Baulkham Hills Shire
  2. 200,000 plantings of natives with Carbon Neutral in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

Our launch date for the planting funding was 29 June 2017.
Plantings Funded so far 31 August 2017 –  18
Click this text to go to the crowdfunding on ReadyFundGo

We also have a petition on change dot org and are building a global community
Supporters so far at 31 August 2017 – 369
Click this text to sign the petition if you have not done so

Our Supporters

I support Australian Native Flora
Alan Jacobson
John Smallwood
Nicolas Tatarinoff
Adam Sacks

I Love Acacia Woodlands
Shiju Thomas
Denise Edwards

I Want Forests not Deserts

Restoring the Land is Important to Me
Karla and Jimmy from Ignite Learning
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Carbon Sequester

Freedom to Move in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

 

Australia's Biodiverse Reforestation Project

Gaby's children's movement

About Acacia Forests and Woodlands

Acacia forest is Australia’s second most common forest type after Eucalypt forest, with 9.8 million hectares or 8 per cent of total forest area. Almost 1,000 species of acacia occur in Australia, making it the nation’s largest genus of flowering plants.

Acacias are remarkably varied in appearance and habit, ranging from low-spreading shrubs to trees more than 30 metres tall. Commonly referred to as ‘wattles’, acacias are well known for their mass of bright yellow flowers. Golden wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is the national floral emblem and appears on the coat of arms of Australia.

Acacias have a range of foliage types. Some species have true leaves that are divided into leaflets called pinnae. Others have leaf-like structures called phyllodes, which are flattened leaf stalks. The colour of the foliage varies from light or dark green to silver-grey.”

Importance and uses

“Acacias help to protect the landscape by stabilising soils and preventing erosion. They also enrich the soil by fixing nitrogen, an essential nutrient for plant growth. This process depends on symbiotic bacteria called rhizobia that live in the plant’s root system. Acacias are one of the first plants to regenerate after a disturbance such as a bushfire.”

Reference: Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

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Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor

Reference: Carbon Neutral

“Within the last 100 years, over 90% of the northern Wheatbelt (known as the Mid West) has been cleared for agriculture.

This has removed so much native habitat that many plant and animal species are extinct locally or regionallyOthers, however, have hung on in woodland and shrubland remnants – usually on rocky ridges and commercially less productive upper valley slopes.”

Biodiverse conservation plantings, using native Australian trees and shrubs, are helping to join small patches of remnant vegetation.  Besides the all-important role of sequestering carbon from the atmosphere, the trees and shrubs help to reduce salinity, water and soil erosion, and provide habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Malleefowl and other threatened flora and fauna.

Trees are planted in 1 of only 35 globally recognised biodiversity ‘hotspots’.  ‘Hotspots’ cover just 2.3% of the land mass of the planet but support more than half the world’s most irreplaceable and threatened biodiversity. 

More than 50 different species endemic to the area are planted and all the plantings are protected by a 100-year Carbon Rights and Carbon Covenant.  This ensures they are not going to be cut down for a very long time.   And the trees purchased are part of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor – a region where over 90% has been cleared. 

The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor reforestation project more than removes carbon from the atmosphere now and every day, it has positive social, environmental and economic benefits and aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – the latest video tells the story really well.

This winter we are planting 3,400 hectares of mixed native-species trees and shrubs; 770,000 seedlings and millions of seeds. 

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Gaby’s Earth Week Movement

Ecosystem restoration in the Baulkham Hills Shire.
Planting includes trees, shrubs, ferns, tussock and ground covering plants.

The image gallery contains a few of about 50 different plant species that are native to the area that could be planted.

Fundraising Collaboration for the Restoration of Australian EcoSystems

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