Name: Dja Dja Wurrung & Morrl Morrl
Region/Country: Victoria, Australia
Active Since: 2019
Trees planted: 25K trees
2020 planting season: 112K trees
Scale up potential ~10M trees
Repairing historic land damages and reconnecting Aboriginal communities to the land
Creating wildlife corridors to support broken ecosystems and species migrations
As one of the largest countries on earth, Australia has huge potential for reforestation, but it also has some of the world’s most fragile soils and has one of the highest vertebrate mammal extinction rates.
In the 1850s, Victoria had one of the largest known gold-rushes, which drastically transformed the landscape within only a 20-year span. What was a small isolated outpost in 1849 became one of the world’s most dynamic cities by 1869. It came at a huge cost to the environment, as vast areas were cleared for agriculture and mining causing losses in topsoil and widespread erosion.
This dramatic change of the landscape created pressure on the culture and livelihood of the Aboriginal tribes that are native to this region. The land degradation has also posed a major threat to the integrity of many threatened wildlife species, such as the powerful owl. In order for the Australian landscape to become more ecologically resilient, there is a huge need to undertake large-scale restoration projects to address the level of fragmentation, overgrazing, erosion and loss of biodiversity.
In 2020, Land Life Company began restoring the degraded land in Victoria. Our tech-driven reforestation project will bring back resilient native forests, which will help reconnect the Aboriginal communities to the land and will benefit wildlife.
Planting trees in this region will halt erosion and allow the soils to become healthy again. This increases absorption of groundwater, which in turn supports the needs of wildlife and could help bring back species that haven’t been seen here for decades.
A mixture of trees and shrubs will become home to hundreds of animals, including a range of endangered birds and mammals. This initiative will also connect nature reserves and national parks, which will create wildlife corridors so species can come back to the area and thrive.
Land Life Company is working with partners Cassinia Environmental and Trust for Nature on this initiative, and together we hope to scale up efforts over the coming years. Additionally, working alongside organizations like Bush Heritage and the local Aboriginal communities have been a valuable part of the process, as they provide knowledge about native tree species, wildlife habitat and their history and contribution to the area.