"alan morris" <>
Thu, 7 Jun 2007 08:27:38 +1000
I am sure that Edwin Vella is speaking tongue-in-cheek about carbon neutral
birding, because he like me travels along way through NSW birding!
Planting the equivalent of trees is not as easy as it sounds. The trees and
shrubs that should be planted ought to be native to that area and grown from
seed collected on site. There is no point in planting WA species in NSW etc.
On a recent trip to South Australia I was amazed at the number of WA species
planted in the country towns, and many of these planting go back many years.
As if the locals turned their back on SA trees and shrubs.
It concerns me about the tree planations that are happening under GreenFleet
and other management groups at present and private forestry planations They
are all the one species often, and are not of trees idigenous to the region.
I am associated with a major tree planting programme in Wyong Shire, and we
collect seed from on site and grown the tubestock locally and have so far
propogated 49 local species, with Swamp Mahogany being a major tree planted
by us. This is good for Swift Parrots and Regent Honeyeaters to a point, but
as the flowering of the local Swamp Mahogany fades at present and the Swift
Parrots have moved onto Forest Red Gum, I am reminded that we have virtually
been unable to crack the code of propogating Forest Red Gum as yet!! We have
to be equally as diligently in propogating FRG and other locally significant
trees and scrubs that are the ones that traditionally bring the birds to our
I am am sure that this is the case for other local and significant species
as well. Just planting trees is not the quite the answer.
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