“My property borders the Western tiers. It is essential to see an increase in biodiversity within the forest, not a decrease, whilst trying to amedeorate climate change. Help us improve the habitat of our rare and endangered Tasmanian species.”
Forestry based carbon credits are generated by changing the way landowners manage their land so trees will store more carbon. This could involve cutting trees less often, reforesting previously forested land, or improving forests through various management practices. These are the projects we’re currently supporting.
Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor
Location: Southwest Australia, Global Biodiversity Hotspot
Scope: 17,586 hectares
1.897M tonnes CO2-e
Certification: Gold Standard VER
The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor is a multi-species native reforestation project located in Southwest Australia, responsible for removing 1.897 million tonnes of carbon as well as restoring a region where more than 90% of the woodland had been cleared.
Established on semi-arid agricultural land that was longer suitable for farming, the project aimed to return the environment to its original state through the planting as many as to 50 native tree and shrub species indigenous to the region, with the objective of restoring the landscape to its natural condition of vegetation.
In total, plantings of the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor project reaches a total of 29.5 million trees and shrubs.
In 2019, as part of the 2019 planting program, over 339 hectares, 94,500 seedlings were sown and hundreds of thousands of seeds.
- Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor fact sheet (pdf).
- Australian Native Reforestation fact sheet (pdf).
- Learn more about the Yarra Yarra project.
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Voluntary Emissions Reductions (VERs)
The Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Project is the first premium Gold Standard project in Australia and is certified to remove over 1.897M tonnes over 50 years.
Fire Update 2020
Treecreds is pleased to confirm that there has been no fire on any property, nor any report of any fire of significance in the vicinity of the properties, since project commencement in 2008. The trees are safe and are continuing to capture carbon today and every day!
Carbon Neutral group has developed 13,000 hectares of biodiverse natural vegetation carbon sequestration resource over the period 2008 – 2019, with c. 9,000 hectares certified by the Gold Standard Foundation.
The following mitigation measures are implemented to reduce/address fire risk:
- As part of each property and plantation establishment, a range of measures are put in place to reduce the risk of fire and implement fire-fighting actions via a Fire Management Plan.
- Plantations are alley not block plantings, meaning the 7 to 10 metre inter-row spacing provides a natural fire break and fire fighting vehicle access.
- Strategic sheep grazing is carried out in the plantings to reduce the grass development and fire (fuel) hazard. The grazing is generally initiated at three years post-planting.
- The use of native plant species in the plantings provides a proven natural resilience to fire via rapid recovery / regeneration by re-sprouting from stems/branches, below-ground lignotubers, as well as regeneration from natural seed dispersal.
- Plantations are spread across four major aggregations separated by 10-25 kilometres of farmland. Within aggregations individual properties are further separated by public roads and paddock fire breaks.
- Plantings are currently covered by insurance for re-planting.
Gold Standard requires that we assign or transfer 20% of our issued credits to its global compliance buffer.
Tasmanian Native Forest Protection project
Location: Central Highlights
Scope: 36,000 hectares
280,000 tCO2e of emissions
avoided each year
Certification: Verified Carbon Standard (VCS)
Treecreds have been supporting the Tasmanian Native Forest Protection Projects for over 6 years, a group of projects managed by Forests Alive.
This group of projects involve the protection of large tracts of privately owned land in the Tasmanian Central Highlands. The projects include thirteen landowners who collectively protect 36,000 ha of native forest from logging activities. Altogether, these projects avoid 280,000 tCO2e of emissions each year. The land is degraded native forest which has been logged in the past and – in the absence of carbon revenue – would continue to be either logged or cleared for agriculture in the future.
In addition to their climate change benefits, the projects help to protect and restore Tasmania’s valuable native forests, which provide a habitat for a number of endangered species including the wedge-tailed eagle, spotted quoll and the iconic Tasmanian devil.
They have also created new employment opportunities in the forestry sector, and ecotourism opportunities through the enhancement of the landscape. Furthermore, the projects have provided income diversification and stabilisation for local landowners, thereby enabling them to set the land aside for conservation purposes only, and manage it in a way that encourages natural regeneration of the forest.
The projects were the first avoided harvest projects in the world under the VCS standard and were the first to be validated as a “Grouped” project structure under the VCS. These projects undergo annual verification events to demonstrate the projects’ implementation.
These projects are validated and verified by the Verified Carbon Standard and are NCOS approved.
“These projects help provide us with economic security whilst we protect the environment, maintain this important habitat and deliver broader benefits to the local community. This project is a really unique opportunity to jump on board and help support our native forest and all the beautiful wildlife that they contain.”
“The property historically has Wedge Tailed Eagle nests which can now be protected, now logging has been removed. We are also lucky enough to have a large population of Tasmanian Devils, Forested Kangaroos and other small marcupial species. We would like to see these species protected for future generations.”