Your Footprint. Australia’s Trees. Our Future.
Trees play a critical role in maintaining safe levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide on our planet. They are a source of breathable oxygen and are vital in addressing climate change. Trees filter the air, sequester carbon, provide oxygen, conserve soil and water, prevent desertification, and protect and stabilise ground cover.
In Australia, native trees play a crucial role in making our agricultural areas more sustainable. They help prevent salinity and soil erosion, while also providing shade, shelter, food, and habitat to native animals. Additionally, they are a valuable source of timber for fuel, wood, fodder, essential oils, gums, resins, latex, medicines, and shade.
The value of trees can’t be understated.
Have you ever thought about the world would be like without trees?
It would be pretty grim. In fact, a world without trees would be drastically different from the one we know today. Trees play a crucial role in sustaining life on Earth and their absence would have far-reaching consequences for the environment, ecosystems, climate, and for us as humans.
The history of trees in Australia
The history of trees in Australia is one that spans millions of years. Trees have played a crucial role in shaping the landscape of this country that was once covered in vast ancient forests during the Mesozoic era, around 250 million years ago.
And that is just one fascinating fact about trees.
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Australia’s trees – why are they so important?
Australian trees are significant and important for many reasons, ranging from ecological significance to culture and economic value.
• Improve health and wellbeing
• Protect rare species
• Provide much needed habitats
• Improve the water table and water quality
• Protect and increase biodiversity
• Protect our soil from erosion and salinity
It’s projected that safeguarding and restoring our landscape through tree planting over the coming decades in our forests, peatlands and agricultural areas could reduce over 50 gigatonnes (that’s 50,000,000,000 tonnes!) of carbon emissions that would otherwise enter the atmosphere. Maintaining our Australian landscapes through the planting of native trees can, and does, make a difference in reducing climate change.
Find out more about our native tree planting projects that are making a difference right here in Australia.
Biodiversity and trees
Biodiversity is the variety of all living things; the different plants, animals and micro-organisms, the genetic information they contain and the ecosystems they form.
The link between biodiversity and trees cannot be understated. Trees are a critical component of ecosystems, and their presence significantly influences biodiversity. Here are some of the key connections between biodiversity and trees:
Find out more about the importance of protecting biodiversity and how our projects are making a difference to the flora and fauna of Australia.