Carbon-Neutral Birding

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Subject: Carbon-Neutral Birding
From: "alan morris" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 08:27:38 +1000
Hi Birders,
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 Region.

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.

Alan Morris

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