Australia is famous for its wide expansive land, stunning greenery and rugged beauty. Unfortunately, over time the native vegetation has been dealt a blow by extensive development which has threatened our local species and changed our landscape.
The National Landcare Programme's initiative, 20 Million Trees, aims to reverse this trend.
What is the 20 Million Trees Programme?
The Australian Government has committed $50 million over four years to the 20 Million Trees Programme, which according to their website has four strategic objectives: - 20 million trees and associated understorey planted by 2020 - Environmental conservation – support local environmental outcomes by improving the extent, connectivity and condition of native vegetation that supports native species - Community engagement – working cooperatively with the community - Carbon reduction – contributing to Australia reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
The Programme is up to round two of Grant Funding and is inviting applications from individuals, organisations and community groups who intend to plant trees in a range of urban, peri-urban and regional environments across Australia.
The funding to assist with these projects ranges from $20,000 to $100,000, and comes on the back of a very successful Round One of grant funding, which supplied $4.5 million resulting in the planting of over one million trees across six states.
If you are interested in getting involved with the 20 Million Trees Programme, applications are open now and close 2.00pm AEST (Canberra time) 16 September 2015.