Tuesday, March 8th, 2011
An extraordinary community revegetation campaign for South Australia is underway.

To celebrate Trees For Life’s 30th anniversary, the environmental organisation has teamed up with ElectraNet, SA’s electricity transmission specialist, to undertake a unique project – Trees For Towns – which will create a lasting legacy of 30,000 native trees and shrubs planted across 30 local, rural and remote South Australian communities.

Under the project, communities from the Far North to the South East, from the West Coast to the Fleurieu will be invited to register their interest in Trees For Towns, with the 30 most organised and enthusiastic selected to participate.

It is envisaged the communities will form working groups to grow 1000 native seedlings indigenous to their region and participating communities will be guided through the process of selecting, propagating, planting and caring for local provenance species.

Whether it is a gateway project or an opportunity to refresh a public park, the project will enhance the appearance of each town and build community spirit, pride and participation.

“We are looking for communities that want to learn more about the value of revegetation and biodiversity, who want to use this opportunity as a way to enhance the spirit of community in their town and who want to share the experience and celebrate their success with all the locals,” Trees For Life’s Chief Executive Officer Carmel Dundon said.

ElectraNet Chief Executive Officer Ian Stirling said ElectraNet supports SA communities through a variety of initiatives in education, volunteering, the arts and the environment and believes fostering strong relationships with communities and community groups is of vital importance.

“ElectraNet is conscious of the impact that new high voltage electricity infrastructure can have on the environment,” Mr Stirling said. “We are committed to minimising impacts through detailed engineering designs, revegetation and landscaping solutions as well as long-term partnerships with organisations such as Trees For Life.”

Communities interested in registering to be part of the Trees For Towns project can download an application form from the Trees For Life website www.treesforlife.org.au, or phone the office on (08) 8406 0500 for more information.

Applications close on May 6, with the 30 successful towns announced in June.

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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 around 10,000 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: www.treesforlife.org.au
Tania Kearney
P: (08) 8406 0500
M: 0439404612
W: www.treesforlife.org.au


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