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Taking action to protect our native wildlife
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Taking action to protect our native wildlife

Greenfleet is acting now to restore Australia’s forests and recreate habitat for native wildlife, including koalas and many other threatened species.

Restoration of biodiverse native forests will play a vital role in protecting our native wildlife.  Forests provide shelter, habitat, sustenance and protection for our unique fauna, from our iconic Koalas and native birds to an abundance of insect species, all playing their critical part in Australia’s ecosystem.

A Kookaburra perched at one of our Victorian forests.

The devastating effects of deforestation have long been threatening this fragile, natural balance. Recent studies have highlighted the extent of Australia’s extinction rates and the urgent need to act on threats to biodiversity.

‘Unfortunately, Australia’s biodiversity crisis isn’t on the wider public’s radar day to day,’ says Dr Ritchie from Deakin University’s School of Life and Environmental Sciences. ‘This is because many people don’t see the problems for themselves, it’s a case of out of sight, out of mind. As a result, the issues are not given the attention they deserve and our natural world declines further and more rapidly as days go by’, he said.

Researchers now believe that Koalas on Australia’s east coast are facing extinction within our lifetime, due to land clearing, disease and dog attacks.  Koalas are already listed as ‘vulnerable’ in New South Wales, Queensland and in the ACT. Just last month, the World Wildlife Fund of Australia’s Koala Conservation Plan seeking endangered status for koalas, cited species extinction by 2050 if immediate action was not taken.

Greenfleet has been restoring forests for over twenty years to protect our climate, strengthen our environment and contribute to wildlife conservation, thanks to donations from our individual and business supporters.

During 2019, our biodiverse reforestation projects along the east coast of Australia will help restore habitat and grow hope for our threatened wildlife. Some of our sites include:

Witzend

110 km west of Byron Bay, NSW

Last year, Greenfleet committed to a two-year project to revegetate 10.5 hectares of a private property neighbouring the World Heritage listed Border Ranges National Park. We are planting a mix of 21 native species, including Tallowwood Eucalyptus and Forest Red Gum to recreate the original ecosystem.

As it grows, the forest will provide additional habitat for the Koalas of the region and many other native species. Working with the landowners, Greenfleet was also able to ensure the protection of these trees for an extraordinary 135 years – ensuring the best chance of survival for this new forest and resident wildlife.
  

Koala Crossing 

South-east Queensland

Once cleared for cattle grazing, Greenfleet has been working in collaboration with Queensland Trust for Nature (QTFN) to revegetate 91 hectares of open eucalypt woodland and rocky escarpments. Greenfleet has planted over 85,000 trees to extend habitat for Koalas living in surrounding woodlands and to reinstate biodiverse native revegetation on previously cleared land. Up to 31 different species have been planted on site, including the Queensland Blue Gum (Eucalyptus terticornis) which is a preferred food source for Koalas, insects and native birds. In 2019, this growing forest will be closely monitored by Greenfleet and our partners to ensure its successful establishment.

A King Parrot at Koala Crossing in QLD. 

Serendip Sanctuary

South-west Victoria

Ten years ago, Greenfleet partnered with Parks Victoria to revegetate 31 hectares of national park land, planting over 22 species native to the region including River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) and Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata). Today, the area has thrived into a more welcoming home to kangaroos, emus and 150 other species of native birds. In 2019, we will be planting even more native trees to bolster existing vegetation and ensure the growing biodiversity of the site continues.

Kangaroos calling the trees home at Serendip in Victoria. 

Nevinson Road

Central Victoria

Out near the Victorian goldfields, this property is flat and dry and currently home to a small group of nesting Tawny Frogmouth. In August 2019, Greenfleet will begin planting trees to bolster this environment for the site’s other residents including the critically endangered Brushtail Phascogale. This site may also become a release point for the Bush-Stone Curlew which is also currently listed as critically endangered in the area.

All our reforestation projects are enabled by your continuing support. Please lend our native wildlife a helping hand and donate before June 30: www.greenfleet.com.au/taxappeal2019.

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