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Only a million trees?

By Kramer - 29 July 2007 13

As announced by Jon Stanhope on Friday, the ACT Govt plans to plant one million trees as part of the 2007-2011 climate change action plan. Wow one million trees! Sounds like a lot, eh? Even the Canberra Business Council have jumped on the bandwagon calling for the trees to planted ASAP, fast tracking the delayed arboretum. Meanwhile other tree crusaders have jumped on their own bandwagon asking the govt to focus on the aging urban plantations.

So over the next 5 years we are getting 200,000 trees per year. If this is to account for all the forests destroyed in the fires – including the planting of the arboretum, and the replacement of aging plantations in and around Canberra, then maybe we should demand another million – or two.

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13 Responses to
Only a million trees?
aidan 1:42 pm 30 Jul 07
Kramer 12:48 pm 30 Jul 07

See the big green bit on the bottom left, that’s Mt Stromlo & Stromlo Forest Park – which has been replanted. The yellow bits are the new suburbs of Molonglo – currently most of the area slated for suburbia is farmland.

Maelinar 12:40 pm 30 Jul 07
Kramer 12:40 pm 30 Jul 07

Mt Stromlo is being replanted.

Molonglo is going to be the new town centre & suburbs (once they boot out the farmers).

Maelinar 12:36 pm 30 Jul 07

Stromlo is being replanted with a new suburb. We’ve discussed this previously.

Kramer 12:30 pm 30 Jul 07

Stromlo is being replanted with natives, whereas I believe the arboretum will be planted with more exotic trees (yes, which could be sold off in the future). The new plantings at Stromlo, and I expect the new trees at the arboretum, are being watered with semi-treated water from the Stromlo water treatment works.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 11:45 am 30 Jul 07

Stuff that – if govco is going to spend money on a bunch of trees, let’s grow cedars and rare hardwoods so the next generation can sell the wood. We’ll never pay taxes again… BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Thumper 11:13 am 30 Jul 07

Not really that radical, in fact it’s standard practice for any bush regen project.

use local provenance species and they will grow….

Dark and Mysterious 10:57 am 30 Jul 07

Here’s a radical idea – why don’t we find out what grew in the area NATURALLY before all the clearing, and plant it? Then it won’t need a lot of pampering/water after it is established, and it will keep the native wildlife happy.

Ralph 10:01 am 30 Jul 07

Preferably ornamental oaks, birches, maples etc etc. That would be good.

No ugly natives, please.

Thumper 9:31 am 30 Jul 07

Water restrictions only apply to people who want to wash their cars or water their dead or dying lawns.

This is a bigger picture issue to make Sonic look good in the eyes of his lefy mates.

As such, water will be plentiful.

(I still agree that planting therm is a good idea)

piperdoon 9:23 am 30 Jul 07

who’s going to water all these trees so they don’t die, and with what???????

S4anta 5:03 pm 29 Jul 07

The million trees will be needed to be planted quickly so in twenty years time, those of us that are left to wonder aloud, as to why we would build all these wonderful suburbs next to forests of incenderary devices.

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