20 MILLION TREES
What is the 20 Million Trees Programme?
The 20 Million Trees Programme is an Australian Government initiative – part of the National Landcare Program – to plant 20 million native trees and understory across Australia to establish healthy, self-sustaining tree-based ecosystems. One of the most important factors of any Programme project is that it must improve habitat for native wildlife, including endangered or threatened species and threatened ecological communities.
The Programme involves smaller planting, delivered by individuals and organisations via a competitive grants round process, and larger-scale plantings, delivered by service providers.
Projects within the Programme demonstrate hands-on engagement with local communities including Landcare groups, as well as capturing carbon and contributing to a reduction in Australia’s net greenhouse gas emissions.
How is Landcare Australia involved?
We have been appointed as 1 of 3 service providers for the 20 Million Trees Programme to deliver large-scale, biodiverse, native tree planting in diverse regions across Australia.
Landcare Australia has to date overseen more than 3500 on-ground projects, including multi-stakeholder nature corridors across public and private land.
As a service provider of the programme, Landcare Australia is responsible for overseeing major projects including; identifying and securing the necessary landholder approvals for sites where revegetation works will take place, designing individual projects, preparing and implementing long-term site maintenance plans, undertaking risk assessments and considering any biosecurity risks, monitoring, evaluating and reporting.
Active 20 Million Trees projects
In partnership with Australian Wildlife Conservancy, we are revegetating and enhancing severely degraded Drooping Sheoak Woodlands on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. This project will provide habitat for the regionally threatened Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat.
In partnership with Accolade Wines, we are revegetating mallee and river red gum and black box communities to provide habitat and food for the vulnerable regent parrot, also in South Australia. We are also contributing to the enhancement of a Ramsar-listed wetland that is of international significance.
We are revegetating and securing habitat for the endangered red-tailed black cockatoo as part of the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve in the Wimmera, Victoria. This project sees Landcare Australia contributing to the Habitat 141 landscape connectivity project, which is made up of representatives from 10 organisations across three States.