Restoration of cleared forest and bush by Trees for Survival (TfS) involves tree planting to re-invigorate small forest fragments which are so important to the survival of our remaining native plants and animals because among other things they:
- Provide habitat, food, and shelter for our native species
- Are used by birds and other native fauna as ‘stepping stones’ to move between larger forest areas
- Provide a source of native seeds that birds or the wind can disperse across the landscape to other natural areas
- Help reduce flooding and erosion, and improve the water quality of the streams that flow through them
- May contain native insects that help pollinate nearby crops or control pests.
- Can act as windbreaks to shelter stock in nearby paddocks
- Beautify our landscape and provide recreational opportunities
- Contribute to ecological linkages beside wetlands and along streams and coastal areas
Forest restoration replacing excessively logged native forests is primarly the responsibility of indigenous foresters and so is effectively beyond the scope of care groups and organizations such as TfS, but for all of the above reasons none the less important.
This is one of the core areas of focus for the Trees for Survival planting programme.