National not-for-profit Greening Australia has been awarded almost $10 million in funding from the Australian Government to deliver 11 large scale restoration projects which will involve the planting of 3.5 million native trees, shrubs and understorey plants across Australia by 2020.
Greening Australia will be undertaking large-scale landscape restoration to re-establish threatened plant communities and build green corridors in Victoria, New South Wales, Canberra, Western Australia and Tasmania as part of the final round of the government’s 20 Million Trees Programme. The projects will provide vital habitat for a host of wildlife including fifteen flagship threatened species and seven threatened ecological communities, engage local communities in conservation and help reduce Australia’s carbon emissions.
Projects funded range from restoring and connecting habitat to help endangered species like the Carnaby’s Cockatoo in the central zone of the Gondwana Link in Western Australia, to building wildlife corridors for some of the Tasmanian midlands most critically endangered mammals including Tasmanian Devils, Spotted-tailed Quolls and Eastern Barred Bandicoots.
Brendan Foran, CEO of Greening Australia, said: “We’re proud to be one of the leading service providers chosen to lead large-scale landscape restoration projects as part of the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme. This funding will help to deliver projects across the continent, from the West Australian Wheatbelt in the west to the Victorian Volcanic Plains in the east. We are proud to be part of this significant, whole-of-landscape restoration program that will leave a real and tangible legacy.”
Head of Government Relations at Greening Australia Hugh Wareham said “It has been a delight to work in partnership with the Australian Government, landholders and local communities to undertake significant on-ground work across Australia, delivering real benefits for local economies and the environment, particularly threatened species and ecological communities. We look forward to delivering on this final round of 20 Million Trees.”
Greening Australia was responsible for delivering 29 projects during the first two rounds of 20 Million Trees funding.
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