Why plant trees?

Planting trees is an effective way to absorb carbon dioxide emissions. Carbon Neutral Australia plants hundreds of thousands of native trees each year in environmentally vulnerable areas. To date Carbon Neutral Australia has planted almost 3 million trees in Australia.

Planting native trees to restore forest cover in degraded areas and link up remnant bush can help address a range of environmental issues, including climate change. Trees reduce the amount of CO2 (a key greenhouse gas) in the world’s atmosphere acting as a carbon sink. Trees sequester CO2 and store the carbon in their leaves, branches, stems, bark and roots. Trees provide many other benefits over time which may include:

  • providing habitat for wildlife
  • increasing atmospheric oxygen
  • assisting with prevention of soil and wind erosion
  • assisting with prevention of water logging and salinity
  • providing wind breaks & shade
  • restoring and protecting biodiversity

Tree planting by Carbon Neutral Australia is completed under strict guidelines to ensure it is as effective as possible.

  • Sites are prepared to industry best practice standards to promote maximum health, vigour and survival of seedlings. Legal agreements are registered on the title to protect the trees for 100 years. No carbon will be measured or traded from these sites.
  • Species are selected according to soil type and local climate and include a range of native trees, shrubs and understory. In most cases 10-40 different species will be established through either direct seeding and/or planting seedlings. Seedlings are raised for Carbon Neutral by regional accredited nurseries near the planting sites and/or seed collected from near the site.
  • Trees and seed are planted after rainfall in early winter. It may take up to two years from site selection to establish the planting/s.
  • Consideration is given to maximise the environmental outcomes by coordinating sites within the same catchment boundaries. Carbon Neutral works with Land Conservation District Committees, Landcare Officers, Regional Catchment Councils and NRM Officers.

Weed and pest control, fire prevention, protection from livestock, monitoring, mapping and infill planting, where appropriate, are all part of a comprehensive site management plan undertaken by Carbon Neutral and its contractors.