MORE than 18,000 seedlings were planted on a Moodiarrup farm yesterday as part of a project to reduce carbon emissions.
The planting is part of the Forest Products Commission’s eucalypt program.
FPC plantation officer Kris Narducci said more than six million trees would be planted across 5000 hectares on 34 properties throughout the WA wheatbelt.
“The major benefits of this program include salinity reduction, erosion control, stock shelter, windbreaks and improved farm aesthetics,” he said.
“The Moodiarrup Bowling Club will be planting the trees on behalf of the landowner, Michael Meredith.”
The trees to be planted on Mr Meredith’s property will take only one day to plant. The whole program, which began in June, is expected to run for eight to 10 weeks until August.
Mr Meredith was approached by the FPC for permission to use his land for planting, which he was all too willing to do. “It is a great ‘feel good’ project and it is better to plant trees for their benefits,” Mr Meredith said.
The program comes after the Forest Products Commission reached a milestone in a major tree planting project to deliver carbon permits to energy retailer, Synergy. Acting general manager Paul Tzaikos confirmed that FPC had acquired more than 5000 hectares of land for its tree planting contract with Synergy.
The Forest Products Commission was awarded the contract in October after the agency successfully demonstrated technical expertise, operational capacity and long-term commitment to managing the project.
“When Synergy announced FPC as the successful tender, we estimated sowing more than six million seedlings during the 2009 planting season. Our estimate now is that the number of trees planted will exceed ten million by the end of August 2009,” Mr Tzaikos said.
“As they grow, those eucalypts are expected to reduce the State’s carbon footprint by absorbing greenhouse gases estimated to be the equivalent of taking 73 per cent of WA’s cars off the road for a period of 12 months.”