Australia’s billion tree goal well behind target

Friday 10 Sep 2021

At the present rate of planting, it will take more than 300 years to hit the target In September 2018, the Australian federal government unveiled a plan to radically expand Australia's timber plantations by one billion trees over a decade. Today, less than 1 per cent of that goal has been planted.

"At this rate, forget hitting the 2050 target; it will take 357 years to hit a billion trees," independent senator Rex Patrick told parliament. Despite the pledge to grow the national estate, Senator Patrick said plantation land had declined in Australia since a peak of more than two million hectares in 2008.

Statistics from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) show only 2,800 hectares of new plantation trees have been planted. "That's roughly 2.8 million trees against an annual target of 170 million that is needed [to meet the goal]," Senator Patrick said.

"I think the government knows the billion trees is not a possibility — they ought to admit that."

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Source: ABC News
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