Within the last 100 years, over 90% of the northern Wheatbelt which is also known as 'the Mid West' in Western Australia has been cleared for agriculture.
So much native habitat has been removed that many plant and animal species are now extinct locally or regionally. Others, however, have hung on in woodland and shrubland remnants - usually on rocky ridges and commercially less productive upper valley slopes.
The site of 600 acres we are directly working on used to be a highly degraded land in a low rainfall region. It has since 2001 been transformed from a slat crusty and dusty landscape into a very healthy forest where to-date 1 million trees have been planted in various trials.
In recognition of its accomplishments, this project was a finalist in the category ‘Meeting the Greenhouse Challenge’ in the 2009 United Nations Association of Australia ‘World Environment Day Awards’. In 2011 it was again a finalist, this time in the 'Individual Award' category.