Thursday, September 15th, 2011 - Trees For Life
Trees For Life will mark its 30th anniversary with a big community event on Sunday, September 25.

South Australian Environment Minister the Hon. Paul Caica MP will recognise the contribution Trees For Life (TFL) members and volunteers have made to SA and pay tribute to long-term members and supporters at the event. One hundred and sixty of the original 1000 members still with the organisation will be recognised as Foundation members and more than 1000 members with more than 20 years’ continuous support for the environment through TFL, will be recognised as Gold Members.

Trees For Life is one of South Australia’s most successful and respected not for profit environmental organisations.

It was established in 1981 to revegetate South Australia and protect its remnant vegetation and has grown to be one of the largest volunteer revegetation and bushland protection organisations of its type in the world. Trees For Life has twice been awarded Australia’s most prestigious environmental award, The Banksia Award, in 2006 and 2008, and in 2005 received the United Nations Association of Australia Environment Day Award for Best Community Based Environment Initiative.

Working on the principle that if you want something done you need to take practical action yourself, TFL focuses the energy and goodwill of volunteers, with the financial assistance of members, donors, corporate sponsors, government and business partners, to care for the environment.

The organisation was established by a group of concerned citizens and now boasts around 10,000 members incorporating volunteer growers and bushcarers, landholders and farmers. Over 39,500 people have been part of the organisation since its inception.

The commercial value of TFL’s volunteer bushcare effort alone is $1 million per annum.

Trees For Life’s 30th anniversary year is focusing on showing the wider community just what its members and volunteers have achieved over the years.

The birthday party on September 25 will be held from 12 -4.30pm at the Lockleys Primary School oval on May Terrace, Brooklyn Park. The event will be part picnic, part fair with lots to see and do for past and present members and anyone interested in joining in the celebration is welcome. There will be plenty to do and see for all ages.

The afternoon’s activities will include TFL’s launch of its 2012 Calendar, a book launch of watercolour illustrations from the Adelaide Hills, various displays, cake cutting and tree planting ceremonies, food, drink and entertainment, including fun activities for kids.

Those who have been involved with TFL over the past 30 years are invited to attend the special event. Just remember to bring a picnic lunch! For more information log onto www.treesforlife.org.au

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Trees For Life is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.

Trees For Life is one of South Australia’s most successful and respected not for profit environmental organisations. It was established to revegetate South Australia and protect its remnant vegetation. It does this by providing training and assistance to people who want to be able to do something practical to fix the environment. As a consequence, Trees For Life has grown to be one of the largest volunteer revegetation and bushland protection organisations of its type in the world and has been recognised through Australia’s premier environmental awards.

Working on the principle that if you want something done you need to take practical action yourself TFL focuses the energy and goodwill of volunteers with the financial assistance of members, donors, corporate sponsors, government and business partners.

The organisation was established in 1981 by a group of concerned citizens now boasts around 10,000 members incorporating volunteer growers and bushcarers, landholders and farmers.

The commercial value of our volunteer bushcare effort alone is $1 million pr annum.

With some areas of South Australia reduced to only 5% of its original native plant cover the task is enormous. Trees For Life pursues its revegetation targets through three programs: the Tree Scheme, Trees For Life Carbon and a Direct Seeding program. To support the revegetation programs TFL stocks and manages an extensive seedbank featuring seed sourced from across the whole state and stored by provenance zone.

TFL’s conservation work is achieved through its Bush For Life program.

Program details:
The Tree Scheme links city volunteers with country landholders in a highly productive partnership. City volunteers propagate and grow native seedlings to a rural landholder’s order over summer and hands them over for planting in autumn. This unique partnership has not only resulted in 29 million local native seedlings grown to revegetate cleared land but has also created lasting friendships and understanding between the city and the bush. To date 41,940 growers have participated – each giving six months of their time to help improve the rural economy through revegetation.

Our Direct Seeding program tackles revegetation head on with broadscale sowing on native seed aimed to help replicate cleared vegetation systems. This technique has been successfully applied in major projects through Monarto Zoo and the River Murray Forest initiative as well as on private land across the Murray Darling Basin and the Fleurieu Peninsula. The large quantity of seed required for broadscale revegetation is collected with the assistance of a network of volunteers helping to provide one of the most comprehensive and diverse seedbanks in Australia.

Trees For Life Carbon attracts funding from business and individuals to plant local native forests protected from clearance for 30- 100 years.

To address our conservation aims, TFL has developed a specialised bushcare program Bush For Life.
Through this program trained and supported volunteers take responsibility to care for a specific high value bush site over a sustained period. Currently 700 volunteers are taking part, some having cared for the same site for over 15 years.
More than 95% of BFL sites have a regionally threatened species which could be extinct in the next 20-100 years without assistance and intervention.


Trees For Life statistics over the years:

No. trees grown through all programs: 30,203,954
Total No. landholders that have used our services: 50, 932
Total No. volunteer growers: 41,940
No. seedlings grown for landholders: 27,678,260
Total seedlings grown (for landholders + reveg projects): 29,127,080
No. plants grown through Direct Seeding method: 1,076,874
Seedbank stock currently on hand: 1354kg
Hectares of bushland under Bush For Life management: 3500
No. Bush For Life sites: 350
No. Bush For Life volunteers: 700
No. Bush Action Team volunteer hours: 23,306
Tonnes Co2 offset over the life of Carbon plantings: estimated at 53,300 tonnes CO2e
No. trees grown: 339,085


Awards over the years:
2008: Banksia Foundation Environmental Award + finalist in UN Awards
2006: Banksia Foundation Award winner
2005: Landcare SA finalist; finalist in Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year; The Advertiser’s Pride of Australia Medal; Banksia Foundation winner, UN Environmental Award winner
2001: Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships
1995: Landcare Nature Conservation Award
1991: Landcare SA – Community Landcare Group

Trees For Life’s 30th anniversary will focus on showing the wider community just what our members and volunteers have achieved over the years.
Tania Kearney
P: (08) 8406 0500
W: www.treesforlife.org.au

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