Here at City Building Services, we have officially teamed up with Carbon Neutral, an organisation helping us, and many others, contribute to a greener future & a better planet for native wildlife, as well as generations to come.
In September we planted 189 trees and every year, from 2021, we are pledging to plant a minimum of 200 native Australian trees and shrubs with the Carbon Neutral Plant-a-Tree Program. In addition, with every ‘environmental levy’ fee charged on our invoices, we will plant an additional tree on behalf of our clients and the service we have provided to them.
It’s never been more important to commit to reducing our carbon footprint whilst also helping the native Australian environment thrive. Together, we can make a change.
Over 90% of the northern wheatbelt of Southwest Australia was cleared for agriculture by European settlers. This has removed so much native habitat that many plant and animal species are extinct locally or regionally. Others, however, have hung on in woodland and shrubland remnants – usually on rocky ridges and commercially less productive upper valley slopes. Carbon Neutral have a vision to reconnect these valuable remnant vegetation sites and link 12 nature reserves across a vast tract of land covering approximately 10,000 square kilometres.
By planting trees and shrubs at selected key sites, particularly on non-productive farmland. This will help establish habitat stepping stones and links for biodiversity to move and disperse back through the landscape. By reconnecting drier inland habitats with their coastal counterparts, the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor will help protect and recover our endangered and declining woodland, and shrubland fauna such as Malleefowl, Carnaby’s Black-Cockatoo, Crested Bellbird, Western Yellow Robin and Western Spiny-tailed Skink.
To ensure carbon yields are achieved in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor, Carbon Neutral undertakes a combination of both hand-planting seedlings and direct seeding.
Carbon focused species are those that have been identified as being greater than two metres tall at maturity, and which make substantial contributions to the local carbon pool through the accumulation of carbon in their woody stems, branches, and roots. These are mainly drought-tolerant Eucalypts and woody-stemmed Acacia species. The inclusion of hand-planted seedlings for those species with specific carbon sequestration capacities allows our Forester to control both the density and positioning of those individual trees.
Planting 20 to 40 native tree and shrub species creates vital ‘co-benefits’, including biodiverse-rich habitat for wildlife. Native plants and animals thrive in large, well-connected patches of high quality habitat that meet their life cycle needs of food, shelter and reproduction. Carbon Neutral’s planting management focus is on the process of assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that has been degraded, damaged, or destroyed. Some reforestation companies plant only a single species – a monoculture. Monoculture plantings provide limited ecological function and habitat benefits, and are less resilient than biodiverse plantings. This helps to provide habitat in future forests and woodlands for our very special flora and fauna.
To learn more about Carbon Neutral visit their website for more information www.carbonneutral.com.au.
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