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July 15, 2010 in Tree news | Tags: Australian Tree Stories campaign, bats, Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust, Beecroft Railway Station, Bendigo Advertiser, Carriage Works Eveleigh, City Rail, Climate Change & Water, conservation corridor, Department of Environment & Resources, Flying Foxes, grey-headed flying foxes, Koalas, Lawrence Pope, Lower Murray River, Music for Trees, National Tree Day, Northern District Times, NSW Department of Environment, Pew Environment Group, Planet Ark, rail corridor, Railcorp, topsoil, tree news, tree planting, tree removal, UN’s Billion tree program, University of Sydney, Victorian Advocates for Animals | Leave a comment
Music for Trees is a non-profit organisation & part of the UN’s Billion tree program, about which I have written in previous posts. They are holding a free music event at Carriage Works Eveleigh this Saturday 17th July 2010. Playing will be Stiff Gins, Ray Mann, The Slowdowns, The Anon Anons & The Deroys. $10 plants 50 trees. $200 starts a forest. For information – http://www.musicfortrees.com/
Planet Ark has a competition for National Tree Day on 1st August 2010. They are looking for the best tree tale. The top stories will be added to their Australian Tree Stories campaign & the prize is a $1,000 green get-away. This year’s National Tree Day, more than 2 million volunteers will plant 15 million native trees & shrubs. I knew it could be done. treeday.planetark.org
I was excited to read about a report commissioned by the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change & Water. The report, Connectivity Conservation & the Great Eastern Ranges Corridor, recommends the establishment of a conservation corridor spanning 2,800 km along the Great Eastern Ranges from the Australian Alps in Victoria to the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland.
“To halt and reverse the biodiversity extinction crisis, we must counter the threats and reverse the trends. This means reconnecting habitat so native ecosystems don’t end up becoming isolated “islands”, buffering protected areas and protecting and restoring habitat on other land tenures.”
It’s a fantastic idea & will go a long way to helping wildlife. Hopefully it will also help the Koala who are seriously at risk of extinction from loss of habitat in Australia.
The Pew Environment Group did a recent study that found the area from the central west of NSW, up to Cape York, across the top end & down to the wheat belt in Western Australia, absorbs more than 9.5 billion tonnes of carbon. They say that if this area is managed properly, it could reduce carbon pollution by 5% by 2050, the equivalent of taking 7.5 a million cars off the road every year for the next 40 years.
Terrific changes seem to be happening in the way Australia is looking at the value & use of trees. It will be wonderful to see land planted with trees & other plants rather than have the massive chain that pulls down everything in its path. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/07/14/2952894.htm
Researchers from the University of Sydney say all the world’s topsoil is set to vanish within 60-100 years “if current patterns do not change.” Current patterns mean;
- overuse of plowing,
- over-application of synthetic fertilizers,
- poor erosion control &
- unsustainable farming
In Australia, soil is being lost 5 times faster than it is regenerating through natural processes. In the United States, it is being lost 10 times faster. In Europe it is being lost 17 times faster, and in China, an astonishing 57 times faster.
Hopefully, farmers will take notice & the government will provide the funding to help them regenerate the natural vegetation without too much delay.
I read 2 articles about Railcorp recently. The first reported that Beecroft residents were furious at tree-lopping & removal at a site marked ‘environmentally sensitive’ along railway land near Beecroft Railway Station. It’s a shame because Gang Gang birds lived in those trees.
City Rail said, “The trees lopped were wattles which had become a safety hazard. The trees we removed were predominantly wattles (Acacia) that had been planted by Railcorp around 10 years ago inside the rail corridor.” In response the Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust employed a professional arborist to assess the tree removal. They found young Eucalypts & Acacias had been removed.
3 weeks later in an article about Railcorp’s plans to replant the stripped area, a RailCorp staff representative said, “the plants had to be removed because 95 per cent of them were noxious species.” Wattle a noxious species? Railcorp intend to replant with native grasses & shrubs, but no trees.
Epping residents also complained that everything near the railway station has been stripped, including the grasses. Both communities complained about the lack of community consultation. To my understanding, being government-owned land, they don’t need to notify the community. That the community expects that they do tells me that trees & habitat for urban wildlife are becoming important issues for the community. I think this is a good thing.
Lawrence Pope, the president of the Victorian Advocates for Animals wrote a fantastic letter to the Bendigo Advertiser about Grey-headed flying-foxes that I would love to post in full. Unfortunately copyright prevents me from doing so, but I sincerely hope that any readers who dislike bats, are afraid of them or have concerns about their presence around Sydney of late take the time to read this letter. It’s not a long letter as Mr Pope has the skill of writing succinctly.
The following are snippets: “Grey-headed flying foxes are struggling to survive right down Australia’s east coast & now inland. Many are seriously underweight from lack of food. This land is their home & has been for the past 2 million years. Being fair dinkum about conservation sometimes means putting the serious interests of other species ahead of your own less-serious ones….” & “….species that has declined by more than 95% in the past century & is listed as vulnerable to extinction.”
The Department of Environment & Resources reports that nearly 400 tonnes of seed has been dropped from planes on 5,000 hectares of exposed lakebed & more than 1.1 million native sedges have been planted on exposed lakebeds in South Australia by volunteers. On top of this, volunteers are also planting 130,000 shrub & tree seedlings on shorelines & wetlands in the Lower Murray River areas. I am always impressed & heartened about our future when volunteers come together like this. http://www.landscapes.sa.gov.au/lsmain.jsp?xcid=187
Lastly, I missed Saving Our Tree’s birthday. We were 1 year old on 16 June 2010. Isn’t that lovely. A very big thanks from me to everyone who has supported SoT by reading this blog, sending submissions & for all your ideas & words of encouragement. Don’t know what to say except the trees & the urban wildlife have hooked me & I couldn’t imagine not doing this.