Unproductive sand dunes in the Coorong, Murraylands and Riverland will soon be transformed into sustainable timber forests.
The initiative is part of a joint project by Landcare Australia and the Australian Home Heating Association (AHHA).
The AHHA have contributed $10,000 to Landcare Australia’s ‘Agroforestry Development Species Demonstration Sites’ project, which was launched at Monarto South yesterday.
Several demonstration sites will be mapped and researched by the Farm Forestry Landcare Network with the aim of establishing plantations of successful species on otherwise unused land across southern Australia.
The project aims to develop and share knowledge of silviculture within the farming industry, help to protect the genetic legacy of southern Australia, and promote sustainable use of timber for home heating.
AHHA general manager Demi Brown said the project reflects a wider commitment by the association to the environment.
“We always recommend that consumers use firewood sourced from sustainably managed forests and plantations,” Ms Brown said.
“When sustainably managed, firewood recycles carbon from the atmosphere, leading to zero carbon emissions. It’s one of the reasons that so many Australians choose wood heating for their homes.”
As part of its 2017 partnership with Landcare Australia, the AHHA has provided funding for projects that will improve silviculture practices and increase sustainability within the field.
“We have been a major supporter of Landcare for the past 21 years because we recognise how important plantations like this are, not only as a sustainable heat source for Australians but for their many other environmental, social and economic benefits,” said Ms Brown.
Adin Lang, partnerships manager for Landcare Australia, is excited to see the project begin.
“We are so pleased to have the support of AHHA for this project that will help further the understanding and knowledge of how these trees benefit the land, landholders, and wider community of southern Australia.”