Carbon-Neutral Birding

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Subject: Carbon-Neutral Birding
From: "Wendy" <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2007 12:37:37 +1000
Just try working in Ecological Communities such as grasslands and
(relatively treeless) streams and wetlands. Most 'community grants' are
geared towards (tree) planting.
Locally landowners are encouraged and supported to plant trees. Not a bad
thing, except when it impacts negatively on EPBC species such as the
resident Growling Grass Frogs etc
(Probably also BIRDS such Quail, Plains Wanderer (if any survive around
here) larks, pipits, etc etc)

Melbourne Basalt Plains (ex-Grasslands)

it is a GREAT pleasure to cycle around the local streets at the moment and
enjoy the Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets, Red and Little Wattlebirds,
White-plumed Honeyeaters et al and countless invertebrates raucously
enjoying the flowering of mostly not local provenance E. leucoxylons (there
is a local form).
I must savour this before my local council staff manage to fell them all and
replace them with Olives (low fertility - they are environmentally aware)
and Prunus sp.

> Alan raises the issue of tree planting as a part of the solution to the
> greenhouse effect and rightly raises some concerns about tree planting per
> se.  Ever since Bob Hawke launched the 'one billion trees' programme tree
> planting has been seen as the solution to all of the world's problems.
> Unfortunately tree planting can cause more problems than it solves.  The


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