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TAS Country : October 14th 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010 Tasmanian Country 7 News TREE TEAM: Checking out progress at Dungrove are, from left, ecologist Neil Davidson, Greens MHA Nick McKim and landowners Peter and Anne Downie. Pictures: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Carbon a crop for the future JENNIFER CRAWLEY HELP AT HAND: Greening Australia project workers at Dungrove. 'All the farmers I talk to know that they have to adapt as a result of climate change' Trees to tackle climate change THREE Derwent Valley far- mers have decided to do some- thing about climate change by planting thousands of trees on their properties. Peter Downie, Peter Bignell and David Jones have signed 130-year covenants that comply with the Kyoto Protocol. The trees will be planted on marginal land and will grow for 30 years and stay in the ground for another 100. The covenants will go with the titles if the land is sold. The farmers are part of a Greening Australia project to transform large areas of de- graded land across Australia and power it with carbon. Restoration ecologist Dr Neil Davidson is in charge of the Tasmanian section of the natio- nal project. Dr Davidson said farmers could see the climate changing. ''All the farmers I talk to know that they have to adapt as a result of climate change,'' he said. Three farmers were chosen from 20 who expressed interest in the idea. ''These farmers were keen, had available land with low productivity and were sympath- etic to carbon sequestration,'' Dr Davidson said. He said every approach that reused carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was worthwhile. ''We can store carbon in trees,'' Dr Davidson said. ''That allows for an immediate re- duction in carbon in the atmos- phere. ''As we get better at reducing the amount of carbon we re- lease, the emphasis on growing trees can be reduced. ''We are hoping that growing trees will be an added income stream for farmers.'' Agriculture is the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide in Tasmania, accounting for 25 per cent of emissions. Dr Davidson said a carbon tax was inevitable and was coming soon. ''Farmers can use the credits from the carbon that they grow and sell as a means of income,'' he said. ''Growing trees has other eco- system services like shade and shelter for stock and crops, it improves the quality of water in dams, it provides biodiversity in the landscape which should reduce insect pests in crops, and it reduces salinity.'' Industrial forestry techniques were used for cultivating, ripp- ing and mounding a plantation of thousands of native trees and plants on the Downies' Bothwell property Dungrove. ''It's an almost seamless tran- sition between forestry and car- bon sequestration using exist- ing skills,'' Dr Davidson said Mr Downie said it was an easy decision to make between harvesting timber that would be clearfelled for woodchips or harvesting money from the car- bon. He estimated that over the next 25 years he would be able to store 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per hectare in forest, 25,000 tonnes per hectare in improved pastures, and 30,000 tonnes per hectare in degraded country. ''That's 95,000 tonnes of car- bon dioxide per hectare just on our farm alone,'' he said. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. ANZ s colour blue is a trademark of ANZ. K7213 10.10 You are invited to a seminar and networking evening being presented by ANZ. This free seminar has been designed specially for Tasmanian rural communities and will address Managing your risk in the current climate and The value of agriculture in our community . ANZ is proud to present the following guest speakers: Peter Jacobs - ANZ Senior Agribusiness Manager Opportunities within the agribusiness sector Justin Rampono - ANZ Markets Adviser Interest rate management and soft commodities Stephen Boyle - ANZ Risk Specialist Protecting your biggest investment Presentations will be held at: Scottsdale RSL: George St, 25 October from 6.30pm Deloraine Golf Club: Mole Creek Rd, 26 October from 6.30pm Longford Bowls Club: Archer St, 27 October from 4pm Oatlands RSL: Albert St, 28 October from 6.30pm RSVP: Brad Clayton by 21 October 2010. email@example.com or 0428 994 131 Light refreshments will be served following each session. You re invited.
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