The Scenic Rim Million Trees Initiative is Council's flagship environmental program designed with the objective of planting one million trees by 2024. The program seeks to achieve this outcome through the delivery of several initiatives aimed at providing trees to residents, community groups, rural land holders and schools. The program plans to address issues of biodiversity loss while achieving sustainable land practices, waterway restoration and beautification of the region. It comprises five sub-programs incorporating the:
- River Trees Initiative
- Rural Trees Initiative
- Habitat Trees Initiative
- Community Trees Initiative
- Park Stewardship Initiative
River Trees Initiative
Council's River Trees Initiative helps landholders in the stewardship of their land by providing native plants to address river stability problems. The program offers up to 1000 plants to landholders adjoining waterways for projects including stream bank stabilisation, flood mitigation and vegetation buffers. The program allows landholders to undertake mass scale plantings to manage issues specific to individual properties as well as receiving advice on achieving conservation outcomes while enhancing productivity.
Rural Trees Initiative
Council's Rural Trees Initiative helps rural landholders in the stewardship of their land by providing native plants to address property management issues. The program offers up to 1000 trees to rural landholders for projects including stream bank stabilisation, salinity projects, vegetation buffers and shade for cattle. The program allows rural landholders to undertake mass scale plantings to manage issues specific to individual properties as well as receiving advice on achieving conservation outcomes while enhancing productivity.
Habitat Trees Initiative
The Habitat Trees Initiative provides members of Councils Habitat Protection Program with access to native tree species to increase environmental values on private property. The initiative provides a variety of specialty species including rainforest and scrub plants to address biodiversity values specific to individual properties. The Habitat Trees Initiative is exclusive to members of Council's Habitat Protection Programs.
Community Trees Initiative
The Community Trees Initiative provides community groups, social clubs, sporting associations and school groups with the opportunity to do something positive for the environment by planting free trees in their local area. Council provides a range of native species to help for the beautification of the local shoolyards, sporting clubs and bushland reserves. Plantings can be undertaken as an event or project and also offers community groups free trees to plant as part of other community events.
Park Stewardship Initiative
The Park Stewardship Initiative offers community groups the opportunity to take an active role in local parks and reserves throughout the region. Community groups will have the opportunity to adopt a reserve or park to undertake tree plantings, site preparation and on-going management.