1 million seedlings and more!

intrepid tree planting dayFor over 10 years now Intrepid has been proud to support TreeProject, helping to tackle salinity and land degradation by putting native trees back on the land.

Sponsorship from The Intrepid Foundation provides TreeProject the means to train and build a support network for volunteers, who grow low cost indigenous seedlings for rural landholders and Landcare groups. They engage in revegetation projects that deal with the remediation of erosion, water quality and quantity, carbon sequestration and native species habitat. There is marvellous engagement with people of all ages and all walks of life, including school children, youth clubs, families, business people, retirees and people living in aged care facilities. De Grebner, TreeProject’s Project Manager tells us more:

“The valuable support Intrepid has provided has enabled an average of 200 volunteer seedlings growers a year to grow over 1 million seedlings for vegetation projects that contribute to the repair of degraded and fragmented ecosystems across Victoria (Australia). We have won several awards for Landcare projects that have benefited from Intrepid support over the last 10 years, including:
– Cobaw Biolink, extending from Cobaw Forest to Maribyrnong River and includes protection of the Pygmy Perch;
– Forest Link Project, linking the Cobaw State Forest with the Tooborac State Forest;
– in 2011/12 season TreeProject Volunteers are working with the Langley Landcare Group on a further extension of an extensive bio-link project in the Black Hill Nature Reserve.

Additionally your support has ensured that we were able to assist small rural landowners to revegetate their properties by providing them with affordable seedlings. Many landholders would not otherwise be able to afford to revegetate their properties without the low cost seedlings and the help to plant them.

Our community planting days, held in both the bush and the city, provide the opportunity for individuals, families, friends, workplaces and community groups to come together for a fun, active day out that also gives back to the environment. Intrepid Travel staff and travellers have participated in plantings to vegetate the banks of Melbourne’s Yarra River for 12 years now, repairing and enhancing native species habitat, improving water quality and contributing to carbon sequestration.

Looking to the future, Intrepid’s support and partnership with TreeProject helps ensure our growth and ongoing success. Together we can change attitudes towards the environment by involving people in hands-on conservation work so that they develop a stewardship toward the land they have helped revegetate.”

The Intrepid Foundation – travellers making a difference
Help support TreeProject and other great organisations via the Intrepid Foundation, plus find out how your donation can be matched* by Intrepid Travel!

Live in Australia and want to give hands-on help?
Intrepid’s annual Tree Planting Day will be held in Melbourne on Sunday, 26 August, 2012, from 10am to 2pm, in conjunction with TreeProject and Parks Victoria. You’re invited to join us in planting trees and shrubs at a beautiful location along the banks of the Yarra River in Kew and it won’t cost you anything to take part. Please RSVP to responsible.business@intrepidtravel.com so we can email you the full details and make sure there are enough snags and veggie burgers on the bbq!

* Donations will be matched by Intrepid Travel up to AU$5000 (or equivalent) per donor and a total of AU$400,000 each financial year.

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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