MEN OF THE TREES SEEK LAND TO PLANT IN 2008

The environmental group, Men of the Trees, is seeking land on which to plant tree seedlings next season.

Revegetation officer with MOTT, Joanna Smartt, said the organization would be planting one million seedlings in 2008 to maintain biodiversity and some oil mallees.

In 2007 it planted 550,000 trees for landholders all over the state as far north as Mullewa who expressed interest in the programme and wanted to revegetate areas on their properties, she said.

“We get enquiries from people who want trees for biodiversity or to reduce the threat of salinity while others want oil mallees with the potential for future harvest.  “There are incentives for landholders that plant trees and we need those interested to come forward and join our programme,” Joanna said.

All plantings would be accredited through a national scheme called Greenhouse Friendly. There were some guidelines for accreditation. The main one was that the plantings be protected for 100 years. Such plantings also allow landholders to receive an incentive payment based on the area planted, the soil type and the rainfall.

If the planting of a site can’t be done by volunteers as a community project, MOTT was willing to pay the landholder or a contractor to carry out the planting. It had a schedule of fees for the spraying, ripping and planting of a site, she said.

MOTT is an international volunteer organization dedicated to growing and planting trees. The WA branch was formed in 1979 after a visit to Perth by the organization’s founder, the late Richard St Barb Baker, and has planted more than seven million trees since then. It currently plants an average of about 800,000 trees a year.

Anyone interested in joining the programme should contact the Men of the Trees by emailing mottplanting@iinet.net.au or phoning 9274 4842.

Lindsay McNeill

 

Community tree planting conducted at Ballidu by Men of the Trees in 2007.