Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
Community members in three South Australian regions will be taught environmental
skills to help revegetate and conserve their local landscapes, thanks to grant funding allocated to Trees For Life.

Trees For Life has received three grants totalling $35,900 as part of the 2010-11 Community Natural Resource Management Grants, announced today.

The Northern and Yorke, Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges and SA Murray Darling Basin regions will benefit from a series of seed collection workshops and field days, focusing on seed identification, seed collection, sustainable harvest, storage and preparation, local provenance and genetic diversity.

The conservation of remnant grey box woodland in Eden Hills is another project which has received funding. Partnering with landowners, City of Mitcham and the Aboriginal Lands Trust, TFL volunteers will contribute towards professional weed removal in a bid to protect this important area.

The third project will focus on educating and engaging Mid North community members into caring for their local bushland. Workshops, training and field days will be held in the region to give them the skills necessary to take ownership of their local environment.

TFL’s three grants were among 134 grants allocated to help community groups throughout SA carry out local land care, coastal and water care projects.

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Trees For Life

Trees For Life is a South Australian not-for-profit volunteer organisation which was started in 1981 by community members who wanted to restore the State’s overcleared landscape.

From humble beginnings, starting with 15,000 native seedlings grown in 1981, Trees For Life volunteers now grow around 1 million seedlings each year.

It now boasts over 8,000 members and recycles its income from membership fees, donations and fundraising back into running the following comprehensive revegetation and vegetation protection programs:

o Tree Scheme - Providing local native seedlings for revegetation to landholders at below cost. 1900 volunteers and landholders grow 1 million seedlings annually (29.5 m grown to date)
o Seed Collection - Volunteers collect 200 species of provenance seed for revegetation
o Bush For Life - Training and supporting community volunteers and landholders annually (685 currently long term active volunteers) who manage over 3,400 ha of significant bushland using minimal disturbance techniques. 311 Bush For Life sites are cared for by BFL
o Direct Seeding - Broadscale revegetation - 3365 kilometres of cleared land across the state revegetated using this methodology
o TFL Carbon Program – Biodiversity plantings for carbon offsets. 53,300 tonnes offset to date

Trees For Life is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For more information on Trees For Life please visit our website:

Tania Kearney
P: (08) 8406 0500
M: 0439404612


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