20 Million Trees Program
The 20 Million Trees Programme is part of the national stream of the National Landcare Programme. The Australian Government will work with the community to plant 20 million trees by 2020, to re-establish green corridors and urban forests.
Restoring Riparian Habitat in the Inland Burnett
Loss of in-stream and bank riparian vegetation, trampling by grazing stock and declining water quality caused by overgrazing and sedimentation have been identified as major threats to the long term survival of the Burnett River’s threatened species Elseya albagula (white throated snapping turtle) and Neoceratodus forsteri (Australian lungfish).
This project worked directly with landholders and local job-seekers to revegetate high priority riparian sites using species identified by experts as key habitat and locations in the Inland Burnett.
The Green Army crew has finished revegetation on three properties located on the Burnett River in August 2017. A total of over 6000 tubestock were planted on these riparian sites. 20 Million Trees Site Supervisor, Mark Cachia, recently conducted a plant survival survey, which revealed 130 different species of native vegetation were used to stabilise riverbanks and increase overhanging vegetation along the river banks for shade, spawning and food supply for N.fosteri and E.albagula, and of the 6000 tubestock planted the survival rate was 79%. Trees will be monitored by BCCA till June 2018.
BCCA also worked with a local school to set up monitoring program and raise community awareness of these local endemic species and the importance of riparian vegetation in the Burnett Catchment.
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Funding and labour assistance for creek bank revegetation is now available from Burnett Catchment Care Association through the Australian Government's 20 Million Trees Programme to help encourage landholders who live alongside our major waterways to plant native...read more