Reasons to Revegetate
A Plea for tree planting form the Surveyor-General, 1906
The progress of settlement has necessarily involved the destruction of an immense quantity of timber, and as our own experience has clearly proved that rainfall conditions are largely affected by tree cover, it may be accepted that the one cannot be removed without prejudice to the other. Many predictions of ultimate disaster from the clearing of our timbered lands have been uttered, but, without accepting these, it may be asserted that nothing but good can result from generous tree propagation.
- From The Journal of the Department of Agriculture (Victoria), 8 December 1906. Vol IV, Part 12. ‘A Plea for Tree Planting and Tree Preservation’. J. M. Reed, I.S.O., Surveyor-General
100 years on, the message is the same. TreeProject needs your help.
Read the White Paper from the Department of Sustainability and Environment:
The Department of Sustainability and Environment’s white paper outlines human dependence on our ecosystems such as: photosynthesis, carbon sequestration, pest prevention, and flood regulation. When these Ecosystems that we all depend on struggle, we are all in trouble! Learn more.
Mitigate climate change
The absorption of carbon dioxide by trees reduces the amount of carbon in the atmosphere thus helping to fight climate change. Trees taking carbon out of the atmosphere is known as carbon sequestration. TreeProject takes practical and quantitative steps to fight climate change by helping the community mitigate personal or business carbon footprints.
Improve water catchments and water quality
Our diminishing waterways and catchments affect everybody. We are experiencing run-off and the washing away of our precious top soil rather than water storage. But we can do something about it. Root systems of indigenous vegetation help repair and replenish rivers and creeks by slowing down water runoff. This means slow seepage of water into our catchments rather than floods. Root systems also reduce erosion by stabilising riverbanks.
Link pockets of land
Land clearing has resulted in isolated pockets of remnant indigenous vegetation dotted across the Victorian landscape. TreeProject fosters the replacement of similar vegetation across public and private land with a goal to re-link these remaining pockets, thus repairing and restoring some of the state’s damaged and lost ecosystems.
Erosion is the movement of soil, rock or sediment within a natural environment. Erosion causes problems to productive land including poor water quality due to high sediment levels and sediment deposition increases on productive land downstream. Erosion can be reduced by slowing down stream run-off through revegetation projects.
Improve the land
Landholders and Landcare groups revegetate for many reasons such as to create wind shelters or windbreaks for stock protection, to control erosion along waterways and dams, and for soil stabilisation. All these land improvement activities contribute to the overall health of the environment as well as forming sections of potential vegetation corridors.
Biodiversity is a measure of the health and wellbeing of an ecosystem. Deforestation is a major contributor to loss of that biodiversity. Revegetation can help to revitalise habitats and increase the health of the ecosystem through the creation and revitalisation of diverse flora and fauna environments.
Create wildlife corridors
Wildlife corridors connect fauna populations that land clearing activities such as logging, municipal and agricultural development or roads destroy. The linking of wildlife segregation increases genetic diversity and helps repopulate areas under stress. Vegetation corridors provide habitat and protection from predators for wildlife moving between pockets of remnant vegetation.
… you can even help to make it rain.
The replacement of trees on our landscape is crucial for the stimulation of rain in our drought ridden countryside. Heat rises off barren land and propels moister laden clouds away. Vegetation is essential to dampen and cool the earth and to pull the moisture back.