With more than 21 years of experience now, and over 1600 ha of habitat restored, the project has learned a great deal about successful planting.
It's not good enough to just get seedlings in the ground: every seedling that arrives on-site represents a significant investment. It takes money, time, and a lot of effort to collect and propagate seed, then care for thousands of young trees and shrubs until they are ready to be planted.
This is a landscape-scale project and it is just not possible to nurture every individual plant. Once the seedlings are in, they have to survive as best they can — and there are many difficulties they must overcome:
- weed competition
- being eaten by rabbits, hares, kangaroos, or livestock
Over the years, we have learned how to achieve excellent success rates. With our current planting technique, we expect — and get — better than 90% long-term survival, often better than 95%.