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Before & after – Greenfleet’s forest in the Namadgi National Park, ACT
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Before & after – Greenfleet’s forest in the Namadgi National Park, ACT

The history

Namadgi National Park, in the Australian Alps, covers almost half of the Australian Capital Territory. Located south of Canberra, the park has seen many changes throughout the years. Before being incorporated into the Namadgi National Park in 1984, the land was used for grazing. Once incorporated, the land presented a problem with the number of Boboyan Pine trees growing. These pines conflict with natural conservation as they alter the soil making it unfavourable for native plants to grow, invade surrounding native bushland and leave very little habitat for native animals. A decision was made by the ACT government to progressively remove the pines. Between 1997 - 2004 the trees were removed, and work began to restore the land to its original condition.

Greenfleet’s footprint

Between 2000 and 2002, Greenfleet revegetated 70 ha of the park with over 70,000 native seedlings. A mix of native species was planted including the Apple Box (Eucalyptus bridgesiana) and Manna Gum (Eucalyptus viminalis).

These before and after images show the incredible transformation that has occurred, with Greenfleet revitalising this 70 ha gap in the forest. The Namadgi National Park plays an important ecological role with extensive biodiversity values. The park provides habitat for a wide range of native animals: at least 35 species of mammals, 14 species or subspecies of frogs, over 41 species of reptiles, four native fish species and over 130 species of birds have been recorded in the park. Among them, 13 threatened animal species are found including; the smoky mouse, river blackfish (Gadopsis marmoratus) and northern corroboree frog (Pseudophryne pengilleyi). The northern corroboree frog is particularly vulnerable as the species lives exclusively in the subalpine areas of Namadgi and adjacent parts of NSW.

Our reforestation work in the park is helping to protect the biodiversity of the ACT, preserving diverse bird and animal species, and plant life. The forest at Namadgi National Park is filled with some of Australia’s most iconic native flora and fauna. Step inside the forest and see more by visiting our online photo album – Namadgi National Park.

As it grows, our forest is also playing a crucial role against climate change by sequestering carbon. Using FullCAM, the National Carbon Accounting Tool developed by CSIRO, we estimate that this site will have sequestered nearly 35,800 tonnes of CO2-e within 100 years after planting. That’s the amount of emissions produced by 2,100 average four-people households or 5,500 average 4wd vehicles in one year.

It’s incredibly rewarding to play a key role in restoring this land. It’s all thanks to the thousands of individuals and organisations offsetting carbon emissions through our program that we can achieve such results. We are proud to connect our supporters to real climate action. If you’re interested in supporting your community, join Greenfleet – www.greenfleet.org.au/offset

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