With over 123 million hectares of native forests, Australia has the seventh largest forest area in the world, making up three per cent of the Earth’s forests. These forests are unique and varied – ranging from ancient Gondwana rainforest and tropical mangroves to extensive bush lands made up of native acacia, melaleuca and eucalyptus trees.Your donation will help to plant millions of trees across Australia to recover forests affected by the 2019-20 Black Summer Bushfires and restore native habitat vital for wildlife.
We are working with many great partners in Australia to restore the country's native forests following last season’s catastrophic bushfires. Efforts are focused on mobilizing support for replanting efforts, developing nurseries and planting millions of trees with an army of volunteers and professional crews. Your support will help make sure we’re ready to hit the ground running. By planting trees in Australia, you're creating habitat corridors for koalas in New South Wales and Victoria, enhancing biodiversity in Western Australia, and promoting sustainable and regenerative agriculture practices with landowners.
Our partners choose native trees that will bring the greatest overall benefit to the ecosystem and region. This includes various types of native trees and companion plants. Depending on the specific needs of each section of habitat being restored, native trees may include acacia, banksia, eucalyptus, melaleuca, and many other native species.
The combination of low precipitation and record high temperatures during Australia’s most recent (2019–20) summer season, resulted in dramatic wildfires across the country that drew global attention. It is estimated that more than 1 billion animals were killed in the fires. For example, some 8,000 koalas may have perished in last year’s bushfires, and the loss of eucalyptus trees and water supply will continue to affect them as recovery slowly starts to take place. About 30% of their key habitat has been destroyed.
Australia’s forests need active management in order to improve their health, protect wildlife, and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires in the future. Our projects work with local landowners and environmental organisations to improve the health of Australian forest and bush lands. As well as recovering fire-damaged lands, your support for reforestation in Australia will help restore habitat for native species that depend on these environments, such as koalas, echidnas, sugar gliders and other wildlife found nowhere else in the world.