Tree planting a fitting send-off for Landcare's Alby
ALBY Wooler's Memorial Picnic and Planting Day was an event that became a fitting send-off for the loveable Alby, with about 100 people attending.
The memorial tree planting was combined with National Tree Day which has been running for 21 years in Australia and sees the biggest mass planting of trees in the country every year.
Envirolink Co-ordinator Janet Schipke said the day provided a chance for people to get outdoors and enjoy nature while appreciating trees and the many ecosystem services they provide us (carbon exchange and storage, shade, food sources, they increase biodiversity, hold soil together, supply timber for homes from sustainable plantations).
"About 100 Capricorn Coast locals turned out at Fig Tree Creek to plant 110 trees in memory of Alby who was president of Capricorn Coast Landcare Group for 21 years - a terrific turnout,” Janet said.
"Riparian ecosystems in urban areas (such as Yeppoon) are sensitive to a range of impacts, not the least of which is erosion and pollution.
If you have a spare hour of two each week or fortnight and would like to become a Landcare volunteer, contact Janet Schipke at Envirolink Centre on 4939 1002.