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Bringing back native grasslands from brink of extinction

From: ABC Rural 30 June 2021 by Eden Hynninen Beef farmer working to bring back native grasslands from brink of extinction   Beef farmer Drew Gailey is working to protect native grasslands in northern Victoria.Drew Gailey loves farming and also his land. He bought a property on the Patho Plains in northern Victoria 10 years ago.It came with a Conservation Covenant on the title that protects all the native vegetation on the land. Over the past year, Mr Gailey has been working with Trust for Nature, a conservation organisation, to plant and help revive lost populations of spiny rice-flower and turnip copperburr. "They're part of the native grasslands," Mr Gailey said."There's less than 1 per cent of native grasslands left [in...

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Tree planting Winter 2021

We had the opportunity to head to a few tree plantings over the Winter - within the city of Perth as well as one in Quairading. Rotary and local community groups have been planting in Quairading since the late 1990's, reclaiming salt effected lands and increasing the health of soil and biodiversity. We've had so much fun over the years heading out for the day for plantings and fellowship with our Rotarian friends, usually in our gumboots but sunshine on our backs. From Dr Alan Briggs: Quairading Rotary tree planting annual event: 9000 seedlings planted! treemission© provided support to Quairading Rotary Club (QRC)’s annual tree planting event held 31 July 2021 in Quairading in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. And...

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UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration - Gondwana Link

Gondwana Link The Mission: We build on existing conservation areas in Australia to reconnect ecosystems from the wet forests in the South West to the woodlands and mallee near the dry inland, restoring ecosystem function and supporting the recovery of flora and fauna, like Carnaby’s Cockatoo, in critical biodiversity hotspots. Our diverse collaborative community works across thousands of kilometers to restore strategically located marginal farmlands with native plant species, practice and promote ecological and culturally sensitive fire management, support First Nations' land management, and more (excerpt from: UN Decade of Ecosystem Restoration). (Image from: Gondwana Link) Why Gondwana Link? The inspiration The southwestern corner of Australia is internationally recognised as a biodiversity hotspot, partly because of its species diversity, but...

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What is the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration?

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world, for the benefit of people and nature. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. The UN Decade runs from 2021 through 2030, which is also the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and the timeline scientists have identified as the last chance to prevent catastrophic climate change. The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed the UN Decade following a proposal for action by over 70 countries from all latitudes. View the resolution here. Led by...

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