Australia has 125 million hectares of forest, accounting for over 16% of the country's land, including 458 forest communities dispersed throughout the country. These communities have been divided into 7 native forest types which are characterized by their species and structure of the forest. These 7 forest types include, Rainforests, Malaleuca Forests, Eucalypt Forests, Casuarina Forests, Callitris Forests, Acacia Forests, and Mangrove Forests.
Australia's ecosystems are remarkably efficient at storing carbon and protecting the health of the country's soil and water.
Unfortunately, the 2019-2020 Australian wildfires are the worst the country has seen in decades, with large swathes of the country being impacted since the Australia fire season began in July.
Australia's forests are subject to many environmental pressures including extreme weather, drought, urban development, diseases and most importantly climate change.
Australia is currently experiencing one of the largest natural disasters in history. This year's fire season has brought about unprecedented destruction as wildfires have spread across every Australian state, burning up nearly 6 million hectares (15 million acres) of bush as of January 2020.
Luckily, some of Australia's native flora have evolved to rely on bushfires as a means of reproduction.
At the moment, the focus in Australia is on managing and mitigating the fires at hand, as well as protecting properties and assessing the impact they have had on local communities and environments. Plenty of support will be needed to restore this landscape back to health.
While trees for this project will not go in the ground until the fires have ceased and the soil is ready for plantation, your support will help make sure we’re ready to hit the ground running and repair the country’s beautiful and iconic landscape once planting season hits. We’re expecting to have the ability to contribute to the restoration of over 6 million trees across the country in 2020 thanks to our generous donors’ ongoing support.