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Christobel Munson

On Tuesday, 16 March at Dingo Lane Farms in Myocum, Zero Emissions Byron launched the Replant Byron Alliance, aiming to both encourage landowners to drawdown carbon via biodiverse and productive land uses, and to quantify the collective impact of tree plantings.

Despite the rain, the event was attended by ‘a determined group of around 30 Byron Shire landholders and residents who are committed to mitigating climate change by drawing down carbon emissions through native revegetation,’ said Replant Byron Alliance coordinator, Wren McLean.

After an overview of restoration work at Dingo Lane Farms presented by landowner Lindsay Murray, attendees went on a walking tour of the farm, guided by reveg professional, Dave Rawlins and Council’s regenerative agriculture officer, Andrew Cameron. This allowed participants to examine environmental plantings at various stages, restored remnant vegetation, and natural regeneration of camphor stands, along with the fencing and watering systems needed to support regenerative grazing techniques.

The Replant Byron Alliance is an initiative of Zero Emissions Byron who invite revegetation organisations, bush regeneration professionals and landholders to join, in order to ‘quantify our collective carbon drawdown impact to meet Byron’s carbon drawdown challenge’.

What are we sequestering?

‘We are able to calculate how much carbon we are emitting here in Byron Shire, but until we know how many trees are being planted here, and estimate how much carbon we are sequestering through them, our carbon balance also remains unknown,’ Wren added.

The newly formed Alliance supports any Byron Shire initiatives to increase, account for and clarify the  significance of atmospheric carbon removal through native tree planting, vegetation management and regenerative agriculture.

‘Through showcasing Alliance members’ success stories, ZEB intends to promote native revegetation as tangible climate change action and increase the demand for bush restoration services across the region,’ Wren explained.

‘We intend to quantify our collective impact by tallying Alliance members’ tree plantings to generate general carbon drawdown figures to gain a big picture overview of what can be achieved to transition to net-zero whilst also increasing biodiversity, water quality and soil stability.’

For more details and to become a Replant Byron Alliance member, contact Wren at [email protected] or call Christobel Munson 0427 872244

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