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Koala Crossing: Before & After
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Koala Crossing: Before & After

In July 2020, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) reported that nearly three billion animals either died or were displaced as a result of the devastating bush fires in the summer of 2019 and 2020. This included mammals, reptiles, frogs and birds.

In NSW and Queensland, koalas are considered vulnerable and as a result of these fires thousands of these animals perished.

Greenfleet have been working with Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) to help restore and extend habitat for koalas in South East Queensland. QTFN is a non-profit, conservation organisation focused on the protection of Queensland’s biodiversity. 

About five years ago, QTFN purchased a number of adjoining properties at the foot of Flinders Peak, just one hour south of Brisbane. Together they form 'Koala Crossing'. Since 2016, Greenfleet has planted more than 90,000 native trees on the property, which will grow to provide habitat and food sources for the regions koalas and other wildlife.

The impacts of these plantings can already be seen five years on. Below, you can see the difference the planting has made since 2016. The first photo was taken prior to planting and the second earlier this year.

 

The trees planted at Koala Crossing are made up of a mix of 31 locally native species, representing the four different ecosystems occurring on the property. One of these species, the Queensland Blue Gum (Eucalyptus terticornis), is a preferred food source for koalas, insects and birds. These trees can grow up to 50 metres with a trunk diameter of up to 2 metres.

To read more about Koala Crossing, click here. And if you would like to support reforestation projects such as this one, you can offset your emissions with Greenfleet here


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