By Reuters Staff
This article from www.reuters.com is about specialists in Australia trying to boost koala numbers on Australia’s east coast by planting gum trees. In Australia there have been a lot of wildfires by the east coast. The fires killed or displaced 3 billion mammals, birds and reptiles, the WWF estimates, and destroyed or damaged up to 7 billion trees across 37 million acres of Australia’s southeast. A part of these animals is Koalas which are an endangered species. So specialists have come up with a plan to plant tons of gum trees and other trees where these fires destroyed the land. They want to plant a lot of gum trees because these trees are Koalas main food source. Their plan to plant more than 500,000 trees sounds like it will take forever but they are coming up with a way to plant 40,000 seeds a day with just one drone. These drones will speed up the process a lot but they are not cheap. WWF’s Australia unit is seeking to raise $300 million over five years to fund the initiative to try the seed drones and other methods to revive forest habitat, aiming to double koala numbers on the east coast.
I think that this article is interesting and on a very important topic. I think that planting trees in the places where the wildfires burnt will help bring back a lot of habitats for animals. Hopefully this plan to plant gum trees will also help Koalas and make it so they will not go extinct. If this method of using drones to plant trees works it will help the environment in so many ways not just in Australia but all around the world in places where fires burnt or places that are affected by deforestation.