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Before & After – it’s more than just a forest

Before & After – it’s more than just a forest

Our forest at Minjelha Dhagun is nestled at the foot of Mt. Barney National Park, in south-east Queensland. The 400ha area is occupied by eight indigenous clans from the Yugambeh language group and is an essential ecosystem for the region and the environment.

In 2005 and 2008 we partnered with Yugambeh Land Enterprises to revegetated 75.5ha of the property with 90,000 trees. The aim was to restore habitat for native wildlife and preserve the indigenous culture.

“Greenfleet’s tree planting is important for us as the new forest is helping us to heal our land. The new trees are sustaining the lives of the wildlife which in turn is helping our people to reconnect to our land and our culture,” said Robyn Currie, President of Yugambeh Land Enterprises Ltd.

Fast forward to 2017… this before and after picture speaks for itself. The trees have grown at a fantastic rate, despite heavy drought affecting a large percentage of the 2005 planting.

Bordering the planting site is Mt Barney National Park, a key habitat for the Glossy Black-Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami), one of the most endangered species of cockatoo in Australia which is listed as vulnerable under QLD and NSW legislation and as threatened in Victoria.

Together with the Yugambeh people, we included Forest She-oak (Allocasuarina torulosa) in the planting to provide crucial food and habitat for the Glossy Black. We hope that the restoration of their native habitat will help conserve the species and prevent it from becoming further endangered.

This revegetation project also provided forest management experience for the local indigenous community: The local farmhands voluntarily weed and monitor the forest.
Beyond habitat and cultural benefits, this forest is helping to fight climate change by sequestering carbon from the atmosphere.

In 2010, we completed the first carbon measurements of Minjelha Dhagun. The trees were running ahead of schedule and the biodiversity values were far exceeding even the most optimistic forecasts. This forest is protected for 30 years and will sequester over 1,500 tonnes of carbon per hectare.

Not only is this Greenfleet forest having a positive impact on the environment, it also helps to protect and conserve community values and heritage in the local area.

This revegetation project was made possible thanks to carbon offset donations from our supporters. It is thanks to you, our supporters, that we can accomplish transformations like Minjelha Dhagun. Get involved and make a genuine difference to our environment by offsetting your car, household or your flights. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible.