Written by Jason Am—CCL Australia Volunteer.
Recently, I had the pleasure to be invited to join the Queensland Trust for Nature’s (QTFN), Koala Habitat Restoration Partnership Project hosted by the Youth Enterprise Trust (YET) located at Mount Tamborine, Woodstock. Queensland Trust for Nature has done tremendous work in restoring up to 250 hectares of koala habitats in South East Queensland, playing an essential role in implementing the Queensland State Government’s Koala Conservation Strategy. Our goal for the day was to establish a corridor by planting an assortment of endemic native plants, totaling over 1000. This is an essential project to connect the riparian vegetation between the Albert River and Mount Tamborine, allowing koalas easier means to traverse the landscape.
The day was expected to be extraordinary. As I arrived at the familiar sights of the gates of Woodstock property, I was welcomed by the beauty of the Australian wilderness and greeted by the scent of eucalyptus enhanced air and the presence of the everlasting Lantana camara. It’s always a privilege to work here, more so when accompanied by my dear friends from Bush-care, and Conservation Volunteers Australia as well as members of the World as I Am, QTFN, Belong, and the Queensland Department of Environment. Knowing you are being involved in rehabilitating environmental projects is a surreal feeling. In 30 odd years, with hope, these young trees will have reached adulthood; towering the skies, sheltering the remaining koala populations in that region.
For those new to planting, the sheer volume of 1000 plants may seem like a lot and this could be daunting. Planting is a meticulous process, to ensure plants have the greatest odds of survival, they must carefully be removed from their casing to ensure there is minimal disturbance to the roots. Then, they need to be carefully placed in their holes to the correct depth with the soil compacted releasing any air. Lastly, watered and guarded (prevent those pesky Roos from eating them). While the purpose of this blog isn’t to present an in-depth guide on planting, each step is fundamental in ensuring each tree has the greatest odds of survival. Important processes during uncertain environmental periods. Nonetheless, we achieved our goal in a mere 3 hours
For my readers: if you have the time to be involved in any local community planting projects, I implore you to go out there and get dirty. Your local council should have bush-care groups, which include 1 or 2 planting events annually. Otherwise, check out Conservation Volunteer Australia to view if they have any projects local to you. It’s a great opportunity for yourself or your children, to learn the values that underscore stewardship and connect with the land.
Before paying thanks to those involved, I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Yuggera people. Much appreciation to Paul, and Doug for inviting me to participate in this project. It’s always a pleasure to work at Woodstock and be part of the Conservation Volunteers Australia crew again. Sue, and Pam, thanks for joining me in witnessing the beauty that is Woodstock. I hope you two enjoyed your time out here as much as I did. John (el presidente), Joe (Mr Miyagi), and Jeff, it was great to see you lot again. As usual, it’s never a dull day with you three. To everyone else I met on that day; it was a pleasure meeting you all.