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Scenic Rim Regional Council, Media Release, 30 May 2021

As World Environment Day is marked on Saturday 5 June with the theme of Ecosystem Restoration, it’s an important reminder of Scenic Rim Regional Council’s One Million Trees Program.

Mayor Greg Christensen said the Scenic Rim One Million Trees Program was established in 2013 with the goal to plant one million trees across the region by 2025.

Children tree planting
Children at Hillview State School planted 141 native plants last year provided by Council under the One Million Trees program. Photo: Scenic Rim Regional Council

“The program provides native trees to Scenic Rim residents, community groups, rural landholders and schools and aims to address issues of biodiversity loss by encouraging sustainable land practices, the restoration of waterways and beautification of the region,’ he said.

“We’ve seen the program contribute to some fantastic projects such as providing 3,000 native plants for the revegetation of the Binna Burra Lodge campgrounds, which were destroyed by bushfire in 2019. 

“However, we’d love to see more landholders get involved, as the program is a fantastic way for people to improve their property, productivity and contribute to local and regional biodiversity.

“Namely the program supports eligible applicants to restore wildlife habitat across the number of Land for Wildlife properties, which work hard to restore and promote regeneration for the region’s diverse biodiversity on private lands.

“The program can also suit our rural producers by establishing stock, pasture and dam protection by installing staged shelter belts along fence lines, waterways providing shelter from the evaporative forces of wind and sun exposure.

“Planting also supports those with waterways, promoting retention of valuable topsoil for production, reducing erosion for better downstream water quality, better in stream flood resilience while providing for wildlife connections through the landscape.

“Not only does planting trees significantly improve the landscape visually, but it restores the environment to its native state, creating a lasting legacy, and that’s valuable for everyone.”

The Program is open to Scenic Rim landowners of properties one hectare and greater or along waterways. Participants can apply for native plants and trees, from a selection of species tailored to their needs, subject to availability.

To find out more about Scenic Rim’s One Million Trees Initiative please visit Council’s website: www.scenicrim.qld.gov.au/one-million-trees-program

Planting is usually best done once the risk of frost is over, after the drier cooler months and once the Scenic Rim has experienced some summer rainfall and soil moisture has returned.

World Environment Day 2021 is hosted by Pakistan on the theme of ‘Ecosystem Restoration’ under the campaign ‘Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.’. This year, the Day will also serve as the formal launch of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030.

World Environment Day is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise awareness and generate action on a pressing environmental issue. The Day offers an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and renew our resolve in overcoming the environmental challenges facing the world today.

You can find out more about World Environment Day here: www.worldenvironmentday.global/  

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