Bushfire Recovery program
Jun 7, 2023

Why we’re removing trees as part of the Bushfire recovery program.

At the start of 2020, the bushfires across Kangaroo Island were fierce and devastating. Now, nearly three years later, the recovery of KI is continuing to ensure that native vegetation still thrives and survives.

For some, it may seem strange to remove trees in order to ensure a thriving vegetation across KI (especially when the images that many saw were of hundreds of hectares empty land).

In fact, the wildlings and saplings that we are removing are the same species that were burnt in the fires. A large number of Eucalyptus globulus (Tasmanian Blue Gum) plantations were burnt, causing the seeds to spread through areas of high value native vegetation, particularly down creek lines and riparian areas. TBG have seeded prolifically and are very fast growing and choking out the native vegetation which provides food and habitat for many threatened and endangered wildlife species.

To temper this and to ensure that KI’s nature equilibrium remains, we have been working closely with PIRSA to assist with ‘woody weed control’ within the bushfire recovery program.

We’re using a variety of methods for control, including hand-pulling, mechanical pulling aids, cut and swabbing, drill and filling with poison. We have just begun what will end up being several months’ worth of work on the island.

This is the kind of work that we love. We’re using our experience and skills, we’re making a positive impact on the environment, and we’re working in a bloody beautiful spot!

To learn more about all the amazing work PIRSA is facilitating in support of bushfire recovery, visit https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/funding_and_support/funding/bushfire_recovery_program.

Please remember also, if you are requiring Stump Removal, or Tree Removal in Adelaide, contact us!