Restore Wildlife Habitat in New South West, Australia
In the 2019-2020 Australia has experienced one of the worst bushfires in history. Nearly 18.6 million hectares of bushes as of March 2020 have been destroyed. As many as 480 million animals have been killed in the fires. It is estimated that as many as 8,000 koalas have died from the bushfires and the loss of eucalyptus trees and water supply will continue to affect them post fires. Many wombats and kangaroos have lost their lives due to the fires. About 30% of their key habitat has been destroyed.
Australia’s devastating bushfire season is likely to have released 830m tonnes of carbon dioxide, far more than the country’s annual greenhouse gas pollution, according to a government estimate. It is estimated 96% of the carbon dioxide released then had been absorbed in regrowth by 2019. But the report notes rising climate change impacts, including droughts or more frequent and intense fires, could affect the ability of forests to recover.
At the moment, the focus in Australia is on assessing the impact they have had on local communities and environments. Plenty of support will be needed to restore this landscape back to health.
Our partner has chosen trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the region. This includes various types of native trees and companion plants, depending on the specific needs of each section of habitat being restored across New South Wales and Australia.
Why plant trees
By planting trees we can help restore the affected areas and put habitats back in tact. We can create healthy ecosystems, which can be buoyant to climate change. Reforestation efforts aid native vegetation in growing back, while at the same time improve soil quality, halt erosion and control invasive species.
Who plants the trees
We have partnered with One Tree Planted, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization established in 2014. They now work with partners in North and South America, Asia and Africa who help us plant trees to restore forserst after the bushfires and protect habitat for biodiversity.