Not far from Wagin WA is this 338ha piece of desalinated land, which was previously used for agriculture. It is surrounded on all sides by productive wheat paddocks but due to over-farming and prolonged use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides, it is now a virtually dead piece of land.
With this project it is vital we regenerate the land which is severely damaged by desalination and which could only grow saltbush on it previously.
Working with our carbon specialist partners advice on the most efficient and effective way to restore the natural nutrients and bacteria in the soil is the first stage. This stage is a huge undertaking considering the size and damage done to the land.
The next stage will be the planting of a biodiverse native forest across 280ha of this area of land, using species such as Acacia varieties, Sheoke varieties, Eucalyptus varieties, Gravillea’s, Hakea’s and many more. All of these seedlings will be from our own greenhouse of 50 million native seedlings, grown on this property just outside of Wagin. The greenhouse, which spans over 25 hectares, is thought to be the biggest greenhouse in WA. The stock of 50 million seedlings is definitely the largest number of native seedlings ever to be grown by any business or organisation in WA before.
The rolling stock of 50 million seedlings are to ensure Carbon Offset Australia’s projects are delivered without being reliant on outsourced seedlings. Relying on outsourced seedlings could put our projects at risk of being significantly delayed if there are stock shortages with the outsourced suppliers. Whilst the 50 million seedlings are to ensure our project requirements are met, we will be able to supply other revegetation projects across WA with stock as they need.
As this property in Wagin, named Havanna Downs, is the showpiece of Carbon Offset Australia’s operations, it will include other attractions such as a Café/Restaurant, Aboriginal Art Gallery, Kangaroo Park, outdoor amphitheatre, market garden, group tours through the operations and walking pathways through the forest.
With this project it is vital we regenerate the soil which is severely damaged by over farming over many decades. This will naturally occur as the native species we plant in the forest start to mature and their root systems begin to take hold beneath the ground. Replacing the natural nutrients and bacteria in the soil is vital for carbon sequestration.
Our carbon specialist partners advice, is what we rely on, as the most efficient and effective way to restore the natural nutrients and bacteria in the soil and return the original biodiversity to the area. This project is a huge undertaking considering the size of the land. It is expected we will generate over 200,000 tonnes of CO2 from the revegetation project.