It's hard to comprehend just how devastating this fire season is, and it's only just begun in Australia. But while many are focused on the obvious priority of fire relief and preventing the loss of life, here at One Tree Planted we're looking further into the future at the long-term restoration of nature. That's a process that will take years, if not decades, and local native tree species will play a vital role in establishing healthy ecosystems once again.
Right now, we are in talks with local partners about the many logistics for environmental recovery. From identifying specific areas to reforest, to how
nurseries will need to expand to accommodate the need for seedlings, to conducting operations in wildlife-friendly ways. Once the fires relent and the ash clears, assessments will need to be made and then the real work of reforestation will commence, with plenty of hands in the dirt.
As in other recent wildfire events, what might have been naturally occurring fires are exacerbated to extremes by prolonged drought and climate change. In fact, Australia is warming faster than the global average.