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East Timor President visits Propagation workshops start River Murray Forest success New Carbon program

President’s Message

General News

Constitutional changes for a more inclusive Board

Baghurst native Out & About nce again, Trees For Life is garden on show



inancial members will soon receive a personal invitation to attend our Annual General Meeting on the evening of Thursday October 14. This is a chance for you to contribute to the sound management of this great organisation, meet staff and Board members and socialise with fellow true believers. Attendance numbers have declined in recent years and we’d like to reverse that trend, get a good turnout and receive a healthy level of support for a key event in our annual calendar. Before the AGM there will be an Extraordinary General Meeting to consider a couple of changes to the Constitution. An important part of the AGM will be the election of Vice-President, Treasurer and ordinary members. More details are provided on the insert enclosed with this edition of ReLeaf and, by way of explanation, the Board’s reasoning behind the proposed constitutional changes are briefly as follows. For some time now we have been endeavouring to increase the range of skills and experience on the Board team. From time to time, however, we have been hampered by a lack of available vacancies and on occasions have found it necessary to augment our numbers by using the coopting powers available to us under the Constitution. It is the Board’s view that we should make this process more transparent and subject to the process of election by the financial membership. Accordingly we are proposing that the number of ordinary members be increased from four to six bring the total Board membership to 10. At the same time, but as an entirely separate issue, we want to make provision for the introduction of postal voting for those financial members who would like to avail themselves of the facility. It is our considered view that this would result in increased participation in the election process, enable country members to become involved and be convenient for those who have difficulty attending the AGM in person. We are also conscious that such a process must be managed with total integrity and it is our intention to develop procedures and protocols that will meet the closest scrutiny. You have my assurance that voluntary postal voting will not be implemented until these have been satisfactorily completed. In the meantime I’d ask you to give serious consideration to attending both the EGM and AGM. By then the weather should be reasonably clement and apart from some good company, we will provide you with a small supper. You’ll be in the company of friends and contributing to the effective governance of Trees For Life as we prepare to enter our 30th year.


f you want to see a great example of how beautiful native gardens can be, then take a trip to Judy and Andrew Baghurst’s Port Elliot property on September 12. The Baghursts are TFL members and featured in the winter edition of ReLeaf for winning the State Government’s Native Gardens Award for Best Home Garden. Their property will be open to the public as part of the Open Garden Scheme. For more information log onto

Volunteer growers wanted


ow that the Tree Scheme ordering season has closed, we’re on the lookout for volunteers to grow native seedlings this summer. Volunteers grow seedlings for South Australian landholders who want to revegetate their rural properties, or they grow for special environmental projects. Trees For Life also now runs propagation workshops and employs a Volunteer Grower Coordinator to help its volunteer growers. If you’re interested in growing this season, phone us on 8406 0500.

Want to advertise? Advertising space is now available in ReLeaf. Phone 8406 0500 or email for advertising rates. Cover photo: King spider-orchid Caladenia tentaculata by Peter Tucker.

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gearing up for a busy time ahead. We are currently promoting the organisation’s programs at this year’s Royal Adelaide Show until September 11, located in the Farm Expo area. The RAS takes up a lot of our time and effort but is well worth it as it is one of the State’s few events which attracts landholders from all over. We wouldn’t be able to afford the time without offers of help from our volunteers, so a huge thank you to all those involved. We get out of the city after the show, travelling to the Riverland Field Days on September 15-16 in Monash. TFL will be situated in the Murray-Darling marquee. So if you’re attending either event, please call in and say hi, or if you have any questions, we’ll be only too happy to help. See you then!

Memories of TFL wanted


hank you to our member David Hemmings who generously donated past copies of ReLeaf dating back to June 1992. We always welcome donations of materials that tell our story. If you have personal recollections you would like to share, please send them in.

Contact us ReLeaf is a production of Trees For Life. Editorial/Advertising: Tania Kearney (ph: 8406 0500 or Production/Graphic Design: Fusion Printing: Finsbury Green



Trees For Life 5 May Tce Brooklyn Park 5032 Ph: 8406 0500 Fax: 8406 0599

Riverland planting a community effort


he planting of more than 300 Trees For Life seedlings on the banks of the River Murray in Berri for National Schools Tree Day was very much a combined community effort this year. The event, held on July 30, involved the Berri Lions Club, Glossop High School students, Berri Primary School students, the BerriBarmera Council, Local Action Planning (LAP) and Big River Toyota representatives. Revegetating the riverfront near the Berri Marina site was an initiative of the Berri Lions Club, started seven years ago with members wanting to create a walking trail. According to the club, many students who helped plant the first seedlings when they were in Year One return each year and are proud to see some of their trees now reaching 20-feet high. This year the primary students were joined by about 20 Year 10 high school students. The council prepared the site using a posthole digger and has given an assurance it will take its water truck down to the site in the future to ensure the newly planted seedlings have the best chance of survival.

CFS truck used On the day, Berri-Barmera LAP Project Manager Paul Stribley arranged for the use of the Barmera CFS’s small fire fighting truck, which gave the seedlings 500 litres of water. Toyota provided tree day clothing shirts and gloves, the Lions spokesman said, and on the day staff helped students remove the seedlings from their tubes, planting and watering. “Paul Stribley and his colleague Sam also talked to the students about the importance of the environment, the need for conservation and carbon control and how trees

and shrubs provide habitat for wildlife and birdlife. “We already have hundreds of people using the Lions walking trail. Some bird clubs come here to watch the birds, people walk their dogs down here and some just want to sit on our seats, look at the river and meditate – it does happen!” Following the planting, Lions club members provided a barbecue lunch for the students and other participants. Certainly a job well done by all.

Glossop High School students talk with Berri-Barmera LAP Project Manager Paul Stribley about their environmental work on National Schools Tree Planting Day. Other students, below, help out with the watering.

AGM in October


embers are warmly invited to come to the Trees For Life Annual General Meeting and an Extraordinary General Meeting which will take place at the TFL office in Brooklyn Park on Thursday, October 14, from 6pm. Nominations for Board positions – Vice-President, Treasurer and Ordinary members – are currently being sought. Details of the EGM are included in your cover letter. All financial members are eligible to vote or can nominate another financial TFL member as their proxy to vote on their behalf. However appointment of a proxy must be in writing and on the official TFL form. Proxy forms will be available from our office seven days before the AGM and the voter and proxy must be registered at the TFL office not less than 48 hours before the meeting. A member may also act as a proxy for a maximum of three other financial members. Everyone is invited to attend the AGM which gives people a good chance to meet Board members, staff and other members in a social setting. Those wanting to attend are asked to RSVP to the office on 8406 0500.

Financial year ends well


embers will be pleased to hear that despite the global financial downturn Trees For Life posted a modest $29,304 profit this year and achieved a 7% growth in income. This growth, which came from fundraising, sponsorship and fee for service work has helped offset the impact of diminishing government grant income.

While the Adelaide and Mt Lofty and Murray Darling Basin NRM Boards continue to support our work, the Northern Yorke NRM Board no longer does so. The aim of the TFL Board is to continue to diversify the sources of income for the organisation so that it is not unduly dependent on a single source to survive. For a full financial report, members are invited to attend the AGM or download the annual report from our website after October 14.




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General News

Award for Trees For Life


ur CEO, Carmel Dundon has been named CEO of the Year in the 2009 Not-ForProfit Network’s Excellence Awards*. The national awards for not-for-profit organisations comprised five categories – CEO of the Year, Project of the Year, Team Member of the Year, Organisation of the Year and Partnership of the Year. Submissions were received by a variety of organisations including the Deaf Society, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Keep Australia Beautiful and the Post Tsunami Reconstruction Planning Support Project. Ms Dundon was one of three finalists for the CEO of the Year award. She has described the accolade as ‘an honour and a wonderful achievement for Trees For Life’ and thanked the Board for nominating her. “There are so many outstanding people working tirelessly in the not-for-profit sector. To be nominated and then selected by my peers as CEO of the Year is very humbling.” Ms Dundon was appointed to Trees For Life as CEO in July 2006. She has been described as inspirational in transforming the culture of the environmental organisation into a more “entrepreneurial outfit whilst remaining true to the core values” established over the past 29 years. She has achieved several major outcomes for the organisation, including finalising purchase of new office headquarters and nursery facilities, developing the organisation’s first ever strategic plan, initiating and negotiating the establishment of a voluntary carbon offset program, among others. * The awards were announced belatedly in June 2010.


Willunga branch a jewel in TFL’s crown Trees For Life has dedicated members scattered far and wide throughout South Australia, but did you know we have also have official branches, whose volunteers do fantastic environmental work in their communities? In this edition of ReLeaf, we are profiling the Willunga branch, followed by the Gawler-Elizabeth branch in December. We hope you will be as proud of their work as we are.

The Willunga group on an outing to Kuipto with the Fungi Group of the Field Naturalists.

By JOYCE WEST Willunga Founding Member


ay back in 1987 a few Trees For Life members living down south decided to set up a ‘tree’ group in the Willunga district. From small beginnings the group has flourished. This year marks its 23rd year of activity in support of revegetation and bush regeneration in the area. Founding members Kate Parkin, Faye Lush and myself are still with the group, while many others have contributed a great deal over the years. And some of the projects and activities from the early years still continue to this day. For example, the Trees For Life stall at Willunga’s Almond Blossom Festival is now almost as much an institution as the festival itself. It’s a great opportunity to recruit new members, give practical advice and provide low-cost tubestock for local projects. One of the group’s first revegetation efforts was to grow and plant hundreds of local species along the Linear Park between Willunga and McLaren Vale (now the Coast to Vines Trail). This work is still continuing, currently along a section of the trail nearer to Willunga between the high and primary schools. Since 1996 we’ve planted and tended a demonstration garden of local species at the Willunga Wirra, where this season a

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Working on the Coast to Vines Trail at Willunga.

Xanthorrhoea produced its first flower spike after just 10 years. Our members also run the annual TFL Distribution Day depot under the guidance of Paul Rosser. Many of our members are Bush-For-Lifers and get involved in ‘hands-on’ work to save our local bush with support from BFL regional coordinator Leanne Lawrence. Being involved with the group also encourages individual members to follow their special interests. For example, Julie Turner recently arranged a Fungi Foray in association with the Field Naturalists to help us identify fungi in the bush (top picture).

Bird surveys Several members also carry out regular bird surveys in Lindley Scrub, which is now a Bush For Life site. Paul Rosser is regreening the spacious garden at the McLaren Vale hospital using local species and down the track we look

forward to helping the local high school establish its community garden featuring bush tucker plants. We also get out and about to see what’s happening elsewhere (for example a tour of the regeneration efforts at The Cedars at Hahndorf, hosted by Trevor Curnow). Monthly meetings are still a regular highlight, with guest speakers covering a wide range of topics including reptiles, eucalypts, the Simpson Desert and everything in between! The friendly atmosphere and chat are enjoyed by all. We’re fortunate to have some very knowledgeable members and it’s always good to hear their views and keep up-to-date on local environmental issues. If you’d like to become involved in the Willunga branch of Trees For Life, contact Joyce West on 8323 7513 or email

General News

Growing a great future is the goal of the State Government’s SA Urban Forests Million Trees Program, which is dedicated to planting three million local native trees and associated understorey across metropolitan Adelaide by 2014.

Ramos-Horta learns about SA environmental programs


he Million Trees Program has achieved some significant milestones this winter and we thought we’d share some highlights. Our 2010 winter planting events were well attended, with more than 1000 volunteers and students helping to establish 250,000 plants across Adelaide’s Metropolitan Open Space System. In June we had a surprise visit from the President of Timor-Leste, Dr José RamosHorta. Accompanied by SA Minister for Environment and Conservation Paul Caica and a contingent of other dignitaries, Dr Ramos-Horta visited one of our largest sites at Onkaparinga River National Park. After planting a commemorative Varnish Wattle (Acacia verniciflua), Dr Ramos-Horta had the opportunity to speak with students from local schools and other volunteer groups including Trees For Life, Conservation Volunteers Australia and the Friends of Onkaparinga Park about their activities and how TimorLeste might adopt similar approaches to encourage strong environmental stewardship. We also held a wet and wild three-day event at the Para Woodland Reserve to kick off our month-long Biodiversity

Blitz in the north. We were delighted that Elizabeth Law-Smith, who donated the farmland seven years ago, came along to further help us restore some critically endangered Peppermint Box Grassy Woodland. The ETSA Utilities Employee Foundation brought a slew of volunteers, some of whom also grew seedlings through TFL for this location. They made a generous donation to Nature Foundation SA to contribute to the on-going management of their adopted site. Members of the local community, Nature Foundation SA, Friends of Para Wirra, Friends of Urban Forest and the Gawler Environment and Heritage Association also helped put in nearly 4000 plants. On National Tree Day, Premier Mike Rann and his wife, Minister Caica and the Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Henningsen joined us to plant the program’s two millionth local native seedling in the Parklands. Over the life of our program, Trees For Life has grown more than 330,000 of our two million habitat plants. We sincerely thank you for helping us to grow a greener future for Adelaide!

Adelaide Regional Conservator for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Laurie Haegi, helps Para Woodland Reserve donor Elizabeth LawSmith plant a seedling. Pictures: Cath Leo Photography.

An ETSA Utilities Foundation employee with seedlings.

Property owners: how to get the best from your land


rees For Life is running new workshops specifically designed for new property owners and those who want to reassess their past efforts. Bush For Life Manager Mark Ellis said most people start with the best intentions on a new property - they order local native seedlings and start planting.

Setting goals “However it is important to have a clear idea about your goals, what are the most important issues to deal with and how you can save time, labour and money while also achieving the best result for both your own property and local ecosystems,” he said. The approach depends very much on the conditions on the property - understanding soils, climatic conditions and

TFL CEO Carmel Dundon meets Timor-Leste President, Dr Jose Ramos-Horta.

changes through the seasons, and the existing vegetation such as remnant natives, past plantings and weeds. “There are a number of techniques for re-establishing local species back onto your property, direct seeding, planting of tubestock and facilitating natural regeneration. “The method you choose will depend upon the site conditions, the presence of remnant vegetation and the level of effort available. Sometimes you need to work with areas of older revegetation and consider some of the things you can do to improve its habitat value, increase the species diversity and manage weeds.” These issues and more will be covered in the new workshops:

Gawler - Saturday, November 13 Willunga - Thursday, December 2 Sessions will run from 9am to 1pm, followed by a lunchtime discussion. For more information or to book, phone TFL on 8406 0500.

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Tree Scheme

20 year milestone for Clare manager By DEAN SCHUBERT Clare Depot Manager


n 1985 I bought my six-and-ahalf hectare property called ‘The Springs’, located about 4km South of Clare on the Main North Road. I then joined Trees For Life as a yearly member and placed an order for 600 trees to be grown for me. My first order was taken up by the Brown Hill Creek Rotary Club and the following year I received a phone call from them advising me that the trees were ready. They then made an offer to come up to Clare and plant my trees – who could refuse such an offer? The planting took place in April 1986 after I had ripped four 300-metre rows adjacent to the main road. About 10 of their members came up to undertake the planting and by midday all the trees were in the ground. I put on a barbecue for these helpers and then took them on a tour of the town and surrounding areas, including the Seven Hills Monastery and winery. Thus began my long association with Trees For Life. That year I decided to have a go at growing trees for myself and had quite good success, so I grew trees for myself and others for a few more years after that. In 1989 I took over running a small landscaping supplies business in Clare from a depot situated on the southern approach to Clare. I could see this site would be really suitable as a TFL depot, which would work in easily with my business. I made this offer to TFL and it was immediately accepted. According to my records, I started the first depot in 1990 and managed the TFL distribution of tree kits for about nine years until I relinquished the landscaping business. However I have continued managing the Clare


TFL depot from my property every year since, with this year marking 20 years. The site we now have for our depot is excellent – under the shade of very tall old gigantic and beautiful Red Gum trees at our front gate. Members collecting can easily drive in, load their products and then drive out another gate (but most stop for a chat and sometimes a cuppa). Many times have I given out my ‘spiel’ to new growers on ‘how to grow’, offering my own tips and advice which is always well received. Each year I have had quite a number of regular helpers who have come along in their own time and packed soil into boxes so that we have at least half of these done before distribution day, and I have always appreciated their effort. It would be remiss of me not to mention the valuable help of Ian Roberts from Blyth who each year collects three orders amounting to 60 boxes, AND then he stays on and helps box up more than that again. And then there is John Chambers, a volunteer grower who always comes to help but also brings along a sponge cake or muffins or cookies which he has made. How spoilt were we? And, of course, my wife Kay who has helped every year but one. The Clare Depot has supplied tree kits to members all over the Mid-North of SA with some going as far away as to Manna Hill, Yunta, Mt Bryan and Burra. From memory the most number of boxes in one year would have been about 1300. My ‘Springs’ property where the depot is situated comprises a small olive grove with over 20 different cultivars which are all dry-grown. The first 600 TFL trees planted all those years ago form a fantastic revegetation border and are often commented on by visitors. I also planted another 600 trees in one corner of the adjoining showgrounds property. Why do I do the depot work and why for so long? I guess some of the reasons are that we have a great spot for the depot, my avid interest in

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growing trees and getting them back onto corners of paddocks of farms which were many years ago completely denuded of trees, and just wanting to do my little bit to help TFL and its members. I have always taken on community positions on committees all my life, more recently offering hundreds of volunteer hours at our local church school, Vineyard Lutheran School, during its formation building stage with

site preparation, landscaping and paving. Once a week I’m also teaching gardening to about 45 students, who seem to love the experience. Trees For Life depots would not work without the efforts of the dedicated staff and other behind-the-scenes personnel, and the financial assistance offered from government and outside sources. Keep up the good work everyone.

Propagation workshops start


f you are a new grower, or if you have grown before and would like to improve the quality of your seedlings, Trees For Life encourages you to attend one of our free propagation workshops. We will introduce you to the basic steps of propagation the TFL way and demonstrate correct tube filling, transplanting and other essentials. All workshops will be held at our Betty Westwood nursery in Brooklyn Park and will run for approximately two hours. Propagation workshop dates and times: Wednesday October 13 5.30-7.30pm Friday October 15 10am-12noon Saturday October 16 10am-12noon Saturday October 16 12.30-2.30pm Wednesday October 20 5.30-7.30pm Friday October 22 10am-12noon Saturday October 23 10am-12noon Saturday October 23 12.30-2.30pm Wednesday October 27 5.30-7.30pm Friday October 29 10am-12noon Saturday October 30 10am-12noon Saturday October 30 12.30-2.30pm Monday November 1 10am-12noon Thursday November 4 5.30-7.30pm Saturday November 6 10am-12noon Saturday November 6 12.30-2.30pm Monday November 8 10am-12noon Thursday November 11 5.30-7.30pm Saturday November 13 10am-12noon Saturday November 13 12.30-2.30pm If you are interested in attending, please phone 8406 0500 to book. We will send you confirmation and details of location approximately one week before the workshop. Landholders who are growing their own seedlings are also welcome to attend the workshops.

Tree Scheme

Native vegetation incorporated in best practice viticulture By TANIA KEARNEY


ew Trees For Life members Peter and Melissa Raymond epitomize the next generation of landholders who are just as committed to revegetation and preserving existing native vegetation as they are to getting the best out of the land. The couple returned to South Australia in 2008 with their two daughters Emily and Georgia to set up home and plant a dry grown vineyard on a 15 acre property near Moculta in the Barossa Valley. According to Melissa, the homestead on their property was originally built in 1856 by the Schilling Family in the area of ‘Gruenberg’. The primary land use was viticulture, but it was cleared in the late 1970s to make way for cropping and sheep grazing. “When we bought the property our aim was to plant a dry grown vineyard and produce ultra premium quality fruit. To enable us to achieve this we undertook soil testing and dug pits throughout the property; this showed us the make-up and structure of the soil. With the soil test results, we spread gypsum and added inoculated brown coal and used plenty of seasol and tri-kelp with slow release fertilizers such as soft rock phosphate and basalt (this feeds the micro biology and fungi),” Peter said. The area designated for vineyard was divided into two sections. Section one has the new vineyard of Shiraz and Vermintino wine grape varieties and section two has been left fallow for two years with crop stubble acting as mulch.

Working the soil According to Peter, the soil is becoming amazing. “In February this year we dug some shallow holes and noticed the soil was moist with worms and had micro-fungi on the broken down mulch. We were amazed, it was the middle of summer and dry as a bone everywhere.” They believe another vital part of their property’s overall development plan is to plant native vegetation, which is why they joined Trees For Life and received their first order of seedlings in May, 2010. “This area is very hot and dry in summer and there isn’t much natural vegetation other than a few well established gum trees surrounding the property. We decided to revegetate our property for a few reasons,” Melissa said. “To establish a wind and dust break from the dirt road, create a food corridor to encourage native bird species and reduce populations of starlings and rosellas and with the rain in winter and spring, the tree lot will slow down the water movement on top and below the soil and also help build up nutrients in the soil and hopefully retain the moisture.” Before moving to the Barossa, Peter and Melissa had planted many natives in their two acre garden at Everton in Victoria. The only problem was that they ran out of space.

Quality seedlings “This is our first time being involved with Trees For Life’s Tree Scheme but I have known about it for a long time. We ordered 500 seedlings but our wonderful grower gave us 600.” Their grower was Angaston volunteer Peter Twelftree, who Melissa says did “an amazing job” and provided them with top quality seedlings. “We chose species that would attract nectar feeding birds, not fruit eating, such as small leaf blue bush, prickly tea tree, myrtle and golden wattle, narrow leaf hop bush, drooping sheoak, kangaroo thorn, wallowa and wirilda.

Peter Raymond and his daughters Emily and Georgia.

For our plantings next year we have ordered different species that are native to the area.” Melissa said prior to planting, they had the tree line ripped to allow good rains to saturate at depth as well as added other nutrients. “The revegetated site was left untouched for 12 months until our seedlings were ready and some rain had fallen. Due to rabbit and hare problems we have put guards around them held into place with bamboo stakes. On the road-front we had to put up an electric fence due to farmers moving their stock and at times wandering sheep and cattle which are happy to graze on anything green in the drier months!” The Raymonds say they’ll continue planting “until we run out of room”.

Planting grasses “The final stage of revegetation we will be looking at is to plant native grasses in our vineyard mid rows. The native grass species we are looking at are classed as ‘C3’ and are only active (taking moisture from the soil) in the

Revegetation areas on the Raymonds Barossa property.

months of autumn, winter and spring. Not only will this be another benefit to the native bird and wildlife population but it will benefit the vines by increasing biodiversity and encouraging healthy populations of predatory mites and other lower order insects,” Peter said. “Hopefully our example can rub off on other landholders but it’s also a great education for our girls.”

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Bush For Life

Strong interest in TTG site By LEANNE MLADOVAN Bush For Life Operations Manager (North)


ush For Life recently held an open day at Abercrombie Reserve, one of 19 BFL sites in the City of Tea Tree Gully. We were thrilled at the response from the local community, with around 15 people coming to have a look at what we do. Our regional coordinator for that area, Ginenne Eylander, led a walkthrough tour of the twohectare creekline reserve, pointing out interesting plants and describing the key management issues. Andrew Moylan, Tea Tree Gully’s Biodiversity Officer, was also present to meet the participants and answer questions. After the tour, most of the group stayed on to help plant some native tree and grass seedlings to supplement the natural regeneration occurring in the reserve. A big thank-you to everyone involved, but especially to the four dedicated bushcarers of Abercrombie reserve – Dennis and Carolyn Slade and ‘the two Marians’ (Choong and Viola) – for their contributions to the activities.


Thanks for all you’ve done June


xtremely likeable, dedicated and hard-working are all terms which have been used to describe Trees For Life volunteer bushcarer and regional coordinator June Oliphant, who died in May this year at 62 years of age. A TFL member from 1996, June became heavily involved in the organisation firstly as a volunteer bushcarer around 2002 and then as a Bush For Life regional coordinator, looking after sites in the Goolwa and Victor Harbor areas. Tree Scheme officer Graham Greaves nominated June as his successor to the regional coordinator role, saying she was very keen and learning all the time. Bush For Life’s Operations Manager (South), Peter Watton, said it was June’s personality that made her particularly suitable for the position. “We felt she would be good at communicating with the other volunteers and motivating them into action. June was a very dedicated and hard working volunteer with an extremely likeable personality and she always had a smile for everyone. She was also diplomatic with those people who didn’t do the right thing by her or her BFL sites,” Peter said. He also recalled that she started a local campaign to rid the roadsides in Goolwa of Feather-top, “a really insidious spreading weed grass from South Africa that is everywhere down there,” Peter said. “She put up notices at shopping centres and the library to spread the word and personally spot sprayed it along footpaths near her home. She even got the Council on board and they started doing some control work.” Peter’s sentiments were echoed by former Bush Action Team Manager Garry Forrest, who said June showed great enthusiasm and organisational skills from the outset “so inevitably she became regional coordinator for the South Coast”.

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June Oliphant ... always had a smile for everyone.

June undertaking some brushcutting.

Out on an excursion with the Bush Action Team.

Initially she didn’t want to be employed as a regional coordinator but preferred to do it as a volunteer, Garry said. “The most memorable thing I remember about June was that she and David went to Coober Pedy I think every year and ‘noodled’ among the opal waste and did quite well out of it! “She seemed to have a love of getting her hands into the soil. Even as a regional coordinator she worked on her knees with her volunteers and kept her own site going.” Garry said June was very popular among volunteers and other coordinators and staff. “Nothing was too much trouble for her and she approached everything with a sense of humour.” The loss of June is felt by all at Trees For Life. Our sincere condolences go to her family and friends.

Farewell Sam, welcome Emma


e would like to inform our Bush For Life volunteers that we have appointed a new Volunteer Coordinator, Emma Bartram. Emma comes to BFL on a 12-month contract. She takes over the role from our wonderful Samantha Buxton Stewart, who will be on maternity leave from September 10. Trees For Life wishes Sam all the best for the impending arrival of her and husband Jamie’s bundle of joy – and we welcome Emma as the latest addition to our team. For all workshop or general BFL inquiries, phone Emma on 8406 0500.

Bush For Life

Kingston Park and Hallett Cove beckon bushcarers

Broom invasion sets John on conservation path



ancy a sea view while working on a Bush For Life site? Well maybe our new Kingston Park site is one that you’d like to adopt? Trees For Life has established a new partnership with the City of Holdfast Bay and is recruiting volunteers for this beautiful coastal site, complete with a wide variety of indigenous coastal heath species. TFL will also work with local volunteers and City of Holdfast Bay Biodiversity Project Officer Jason Tyndall. Together they have held a number of working bees on the reserve over the past few years. If that doesn’t interest you, then maybe rehabilitating a grassy woodland on the banks of Waterfall Creek in Hallett Cove is more your style. A State NRM community grant has enabled us to expand our collaboration with the City of Marion to establish a new site on Capella Drive and start rehabilitating 1.5 hectares of remnant vegetation complete with lomandras, lilies and native grasses, with potential to reestablish the woodland overstorey. If you are interested in adopting one of these sites, coming to a group activity or just finding out more about bush regeneration, come along to our workshop in the area. A workshop will be held in Brighton on Wednesday, September 29. To book your place contact phone TFL on 8406 0500


oadworks in Willunga initially led to a weed problem which has taken volunteer bushcarer John Neale more than 30 years to get on top of. John bought his 92 hectare property in the Willunga district in 1958 and it was around this time that the then Highways Department cleared Pages Flat Road. “They ripped out all these huge trees and then just dumped them three and four-deep, roots and all, along the side of Wakefield Road which adjoins my property.” Then operating his property ‘Ashdale’ as a dairy farm, John admits he was too busy to take much notice of the impact of the clearing work. It wasn’t until a few years later that he started paying attention to some bushes on either side of Wakefield Road “which had pretty flowers on them”. Those pretty bushes turned out to be broom. John said it was “obviously getting out of control”, growing taller and denser by the month, and the task of removing the pest plant initially seemed overwhelming. He subsequently approached the Willunga Council, explained the seriousness of the situation and was given volunteer help from the Conservation Council. This gave him the impetus to continue, both mentally and physically. “I have had a lot of help along the way but it has been a big job. In the early stages I divided up the area into little islands and set myself mental challenges so it wouldn’t be so overwhelming,” he said. With much of the ‘hard work’ completed, John’s focus is now on preventing plants from setting seed.

John Neale on his Wakefield Road Bush For Life site, and below, some of the vegetation on his nature reserve.

The site he has been tending all these years is along Wakefield Road, two kilometres south of Range Road West. It was officially made a BFL site in late 2000 and according to regional coordinator Leanne Lawrence, is “a fantastic example of stringybark forest”. Acacia melanoxylon is scattered throughout, with understorey consisting of Acrotiche, Astroloma, Xanthorrhoea and some lilies and droseras. Hundreds of species have been identified on the site. At 75 years of age, John doesn’t show any signs of slowing down and his love of the environment remains as strong as ever. Retiring from dairy farming after 36 years, his property is now a mixture of business and pleasure – comprising a Blue Gum plantation which was established by Primary Industries, 45 head of beef cattle and his magnificent bushland, including a 15 acre nature reserve. As well as tackling other weeds, John said he also regularly had to remove rubbish

dumped on the vegetation along Wakefield Road. On the day of TFL’s visit to his property, a recently dumped hot water service and other debris was lying around. Bags of dog droppings, car bodies and batteries were also some of the items John has had to remove over the years. “The people who dump rubbish just don’t see the beauty of the natural bushland do they?” No, they mustn’t see the stringybarks reaching over both sides of Wakefield Road to form a welcoming archway, abundant xanthorrhoeas boasting strong growth, kangaroos sunning themselves in amongst native ferns and evidence of echidnas foraging for grubs under the lush moss. And as for the magnificent eucalypts, crudely discarded to make way for progress all those years ago, you’ll be pleased to know that their hollow trunks are now home to a wide variety of local wildlife.

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Direct Seeding

River Murray property reaches target By TANIA KEARNEY


t’s fair to say the drought has taken its toll on properties in the Riverland and Mallee regions in past years, giving growers and farmers little to smile about. But one landholder who is currently riding on a wave of optimism is Peter Watts, who we featured in ReLeaf in June last year as one of the first contractors to be part of the newly established River Murray Forest (RMF) Project. Two years after Trees For Life undertook initial direct seeding of his 17ha Loxton property, it has been announced as one of the first RMF properties to reach the survival milestone where the planting is expected to meet or exceed the Kyoto compliance standard of 350 stems per hectare.  Peter and wife Sue chose to participate in the project in 2008 because of their deep concern over the decline in native vegetation. They answered an invitation from TFL for landholders with property within 20kms of the River Murray to register their interest in partnering with us in a RMF joint tender. And despite several worrying times since then, the decision has paid off. “It is indeed good news that the project has progressed to the stage where it has been officially recognised as the first site to meet its target,” Peter said.

Exceeded expectations “Although the plants haven’t grown to the stage that it is immediately obvious to the passer by, the number of plants have well exceeded our expectations, and the required number for RMF recognition. Revegetation takes time in the Mallee, but we are hopeful in time it will do its job in sequestering carbon, improve


the local biodiversity and be of benefit to future generations.” Peter admitted there had been many times they doubted that it would reach the milestone. “It has been frustrating to see following a good rain, so many young seedlings emerge and then die due to lack of follow up rainfall. The past two seasons have been quite harsh with long periods without any rain, and record high summer temperatures as much as 50C,” Peter said. “Despite the seasons working against us, a far greater number of plants than we could have imagined have survived. Credit for this must go to the Trees For Life team, their knowledge, experience and their V blade method of sowing the seed has proven that direct seeding can work very well, even in our very dry location.” Peter said fortunately, this year has been much more favourable weather-wise.

Beneficial rain “We had a good opening rain in autumn and good follow up falls since. This has had a dramatic effect on the site. The plants that were badly stressed following a particularly harsh summer are now looking fresh and full of vigour. There have been a lot of new plants germinating, and should we get good spring rains, the long term survival of the site looks very promising.” River Murray Forest Project Manager Kym Rumbelow said the River Murray Forest Project started in 2006 with the aim of establishing 3000 hectares of native trees and shrubs throughout the River Murray Corridor (within 20kms of the river).  “The RMF project works with revegetation suppliers and private landowners to establish revegetation sites for the biodiversity and carbon sequestration outcomes. The project has over 20 sites ranging in size from small planting sites of 10 hectares, up to sizes of 700 hectares.

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Landholder Peter Watts inspects some of the native seedlings now flourishing on his Loxton property. Peter’s property is one of the first River Murray Forest properties to become Kyoto compliant.

“A requirement of the RMF is that all plantings established through the project are protected for a long term. To this end landholders enter into Forest Property Agreements, aimed to protect the plantings for at least 90 years. The RMF Project is coordinated by the Department for Environment and Natural Resources, with assistance from Rural Solutions SA.”

Mr Rumbelow said the Watts’ property was one of the first planting sites within the RMF project and now having met the Kyoto target, the established plantings will be protected under a Forest Property Agreement for the next 90 years. 

Timeline June 2008 31kms direct seeded at a rate of 520 grams of seed per km. June 2009 plant survival estimated at 483 stems per ha. Estimated number for site 8220. Required number for site 3744. Second direct seeding done in June 2009 over 17.5km. June 2010 plant survival estimated at 888 stems per ha. Estimated number for site 15,107. Required number for site 5792.

Trees For Life Carbon

New Carbon program for TFL By CARMEL DUNDON TFL Chief Executive Officer


fter three successful years working in partnership with Men Of The Trees, Western Australia’s Carbon Neutral program, Trees For Life has decided to set up its own independent program. The new program, Trees For Life Carbon, will continue to provide opportunities for businesses and individuals to assess their carbon impact and to choose a project to help undo the damage. It will help us to convert even more cleared land back to healthy native vegetation which improves soil and air quality and helps native species survive and thrive. We are offering two main ‘carbon’ donation options. Our Carbon Offset Plus option is designed to meet the new National Carbon Offset Standard and supports businesses that aim to work towards carbon neutrality or carbon offsetting. Our Trees For Carbon option supports individuals who want to help fund the establishment of new protected mixed species native plantings, or businesses that want to match trees planted to goods or services sold.

Landholders Over the past three years we have established more than 200 hectares of new native plantings hosted primarily on land owned by our members. We will continue to manage and monitor this land and to report on the progress of the plantings on both the Trees For Life and Carbon Neutral websites. To make it easier for members who want to host a new permanent carbon planting on their land, we are now reducing the number of years the plantings need to be under legal protection.

Join Us If you have been supporting carbon plantings in South Australia through the Carbon Neutral program and want to make sure that TFL continues to establish and manage new plantings on your behalf, you will need to let us know you want to move across to our new program. Call for a Registration Form or download one from our website. You will still be able to track the progress of your sites and see which ones you have helped fund through our website.

Find out more If you would like to join the Trees For Life Carbon program call 8406 0500 or email us at for a Carbon Registration Form and Product Disclosure Statement. If you would like to see what is involved in hosting a carbon planting ask for a Landholders Information Sheet. All these documents can be found on the carbon pages of our website.

TFL staff planting on the Flaxley site.

2010 Carbon planting sites Work is well underway in establishing four new carbon planting sites at Eden Valley, Bugle Ranges and Keyneton this season and backfilling previous years’ sites. Adelaide Convention Centre staff assisted with backfilling at Mt Effie and the TFL staff once again staged a planting day at Flaxley. Our Monarto tubestock is helping to establish the new Wild Africa site this year and has been primarily funded by the Japan Australia Cultural Association.

Staff Glenys Perri and Alison Platt.

TFL’s Dennis Hayles and Bruce Smith at Flaxley.

Adelaide Convention Centre staff at their planting day at Mt Effie.

ACC staff take a well-earned break from planting.

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For Members

2010 seed collecting workshops (SC1) Wed September 22 Wed November 3

Athelstone Stirling

2010 group seed collecting days (SD1) Wed September 29 Wed November 10

Mt Barker Williamstown

2010 Bush For Life workshops (B1)

Tree Scheme Officer Sam Rudolph gives some advice to TFL members at the plant sale.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer on one of our Bush For Life sites or would like to learn more about managing your own bushland then come along to an Introductory Bush For Life workshop. Phone 8406 0500 to register for workshops. Sat September 18 Tues October 12 Thurs October 21 Fri November 5 Wed September 29

Belair Mt Barker Willunga Stirling Brighton

2010 Advanced BFL workshops (these workshops are for existing BFL volunteers Plant ID Theory

Buy your Xmas cards early


arth Greetings’ 2010 Christmas Card Gift Packs are now available through TFL. Every pack of the Peace on Earth range (10 cards comprising five designs) sold helps plant a tree. We also have a limited supply of Earth Greetings 2009 Christmas Card packs (cards are undated) on sale. In order to make room for the current range of these beautiful card packs, we are selling last year’s at $7 per pack (pick-up) or $9 (inc. postage).


Fri Sept 24 Brooklyn Park

To purchase either come into the TFL office (5 May Tce, Brooklyn Park) or phone us on 8406 0500. Both the 2010 Christmas Card packs from Earth Greetings and the 2011 TFL Calendar are also now available through TFL - see the colour insert or check our website au/shop for further details.

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TFL Seedbank Manager Bruce Smith, left, chats with a member at the sale.

Start saving money today

Inaugural plant sale a success



f you enjoy going out and still haven’t bought a Gold Entertainment Book, it’s not too late. The book costs $65 and contains discounts on hundreds of restaurants, movies and activities throughout Adelaide and surrounds. You can even get discounts on holidays interstate. By ordering through one of our members, Leean Eagle, Entertainment Publications will donate a percentage from every book sold to Trees For Life. So you’ll save money and be helping the environment out in the process. If you’re interested, phone Leean on 0407 879 726 or email her on leean.

hank you to all those who helped make our inaugural native plant sale for city members such a success. The aim of the exercise was to give city members a chance to access affordable TFL seedlings, as our landholders do. We had about 3500 native seedlings on offer, the majority suited to suburban gardens. We have decided to hold the event again next year, albeit with some minor changes, thanks to staff and members’ feedback. One of those changes will be to hold the sale on a weekend next year, ensuring those who can’t make it during business hours can also buy the plants.

For Members

2011 TFL calendar a beauty


Bungarra dancer Leonard Mickalo. Picture: Jason Capobianco.

Theatre offer helps plant trees


delaide Festival Centre has partnered with Trees For Life to plant a tree for every ticket purchased to a new double bill from Bangarra Dance Theatre titled ‘of earth & sky’. In a special promotion to help safeguard the environment through TFL, the festival centre encouraged ticket purchasers in August to mention ‘trees’ when booking, ensuring a donation to TFL. Showing at the Dunstan Playhouse on September 8-11, of earth & sky features Riley from Daniel Riley McKinley and Artefacts from Frances Rings – two stories inspired by the evolution and diversity of both traditional and contemporary visual art forms. Riley is a celebration of the life of the late Indigenous

photographer Michael Riley and his acclaimed cloud series. Daniel Riley McKinley, who shares a connection with Michael through blood and land, explores the themes of connectedness to home soil, the invasion of natural forces and the cycle of life, death and spiritual rebirth. Artefacts is inspired by the history between man and object. Artefacts is a moving passage into the world of these much respected but exploited relics. From museum antiquities and kitsch tourist souvenir through to the ancient tools imbued with symbolism this work is a powerful insight into the fragmented relationship that exists between them and us. Tickets start at $22.95 and can be booked at BASS on 131 241 or For more information, visit www.adelaidefestivalcentre.

erhaps Trees For Life members don’t like to brag, or perhaps our 2011 calendar brief for photos that showed the achievements of our members was too difficult. Whichever was the case, we didn’t receive sufficient entries this year. We are still determined to show off the work done by our members over the last 30 years however, so we will approach the topic from a different angle next year. Stay tuned for details. Fortunately many of our staff members are eager nature photographers, so the 2011 calendar will be a selection of their photos on the theme of ‘South Australia in flower’. We have put together an exceptionally beautiful calendar which will be a wonderful Christmas gift for friends and family. Please see the insert for images and ordering information.

Fund aims to make a difference


on’t forget that TFL has established a Trust Fund through the Public Trustee’s Community Foundation of SA. This provides an easy option for people to donate funds to support our work in perpetuity or through one-off donations. It can be done as a part of a person’s Will or at any stage during their lifetime. If you’d like to know more, or take advantage of Public Trustee’s special TFL members offer on preparing a Will, phone Graham Stagg on 8207 2074.

Come celebrate Christmas with us


010 has been another busy and successful year for Trees For Life, and we would like to warmly invite all members to help us celebrate at the TFL Christmas party. This annual event gives the Board and staff of TFL an opportunity to thank all members for their valuable contribution over the past 12 months. The party will be held on Wednesday, December 8 between 5.30-7.30pm at the TFL office in Brooklyn Park. If you can attend, please RSVP to assist with catering, by phoning the office on 8406 0500 or email We hope to see you there.

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Service Directory

Trees For Life

Useful contacts

Trees For Life, 5 May Tce, Brooklyn Park 5032 Ph: (08) 8406 0500; Fax: (08) 8406 0599;

NRM Board Contacts

Trees For Life Board President - David Mitchell Vice President - Mary-Anne Healy Treasurer - David Bradley Secretary - Megan Harper Board Members - David Grybowski, Warren Hilton, Jonathan Lambert, Nathan Daniell, Michael Cain and Megan Antcliff.

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Local native seed & seedling suppliers

Trees For Life Key Contacts Chief Executive Officer - Carmel Dundon Business Development Manager - Karen Tamm Office Manager - Alison Platt Tree Scheme Manager - Maureen Redfern Bush For Life Manager - Mark Ellis Direct Seeding Manager - David Hein Carbon Operations (Land) - Dennis Hayles Seedbank Manager - Bruce Smith Membership - Bess Hillyard Sponsorship - Glenys Perri Communications - Tania Kearney Fundraising - Bernie Omodei

Trees For Life Rural Contacts Gawler Noarlunga Willunga Mt Gambier Mt Pleasant Clare

Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Kym Good Alinytjara Wilurara Lorraine Rosenberg Eyre Peninsula Kate Clarke Kangaroo Island Jeanette Gellard Northern & Yorke South Australian Arid Lands John Gavin South Australian Murray-Darling Basin John Johnson South East Hugo Hopton

Sylvia Nieuwenhuizen Graham Greaves Joyce West Paul Rosser Briony Schleuniger Ruth Charlesworth Dean Schubert

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Trees For Life 8406 0500 Blackwood Seeds - Fleurieu Peninsula, Mid North, Adelaide Hills & Murray Mallee 8558 8288 Northern Lofty Native Seeds - Ph 8566 3073 Northern Lofty provenance. Fax 8566 3630 Provenance Indigenous Nursery Adelaide coast, plains and hills 8345 0300 Themeda - Adelaide Plains 8431 5768 Wirrascape - Aldinga Plains 8557 4173 Fleurieu Natives - Adelaide Hills and South Coast 8556 9167 Yorke Seeds - Yorke Peninsula 8853 1120 Eucaleuca Native Services - South East 8762 2061 Growing Bush Southern Mt Lofty Ranges & South Adelaide 0427 722 979 Alexandrina Community Nursery Southern Fleurieu and South Coast 8554 2555 Eyre Native Seeds - Eyre Peninsula & Far West 8682 6233 Barossa Bushgardens - Barossa region 0448 676 348 Natural State - Mallee, Riverland, Adelaide Hills, South Coast, South East ( 8572 3049 South Para Biodiversity Project - Yvonne Gravier 0430 018 007

New environment department


he Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) was formed on July 1 this year. The new department was established to bring together the Department for Environment and Heritage, and Natural Resource Management staff and State Flora staff from DWLBC - thus integrating the government’s natural resource management services into a single department.   For more information visit www.environment. or phone 8204 1910.


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Member Offers, Sponsors and Supporters

New Foundation IT expertise helps schools by Godwin project Consulting


he newly established Minter Ellison SA/NT Foundation in its first round of funding has committed to support the Trees For Life schools project with a $2000 donation over two years. As well as the monetary donation, Minter Ellison Lawyers is also giving TFL four computers. TFL is delighted to have been selected in the first round of funding by the Foundation and its overall support of our organisation. We are also still seeking more funding partners to build the reach of our important schools project and if you’d like to know how you can help, please contact

Taking Care of Trees - and us


aking Care Of Trees helps replace unwanted trees with new ones by making a donation to Trees For Life for every job undertaken. As a special offer to TFL members and supporters who have a job or tree report completed, Taking Care Of Trees will either send you a $25 Coles Myer Voucher or donate $25 to Trees For Life on your behalf. Phone Russell Botten or Matt Van Kruyssen freecall on 1800 015 557 for more information about their services.


rees For Life’s newest Red Gum sponsor is Godwin Consulting. Godwin Consulting was founded in 1990 and provides a comprehensive range of IT services, with customers throughout Australia as well as in South East Asia and the United States. The company’s mission is to help organisations such as TFL become more competitive through the efficient use of information technology. IT consulting services include planning, IT strategy planning, disaster recovery planning and implementation. It also provides expert help to clients implementing new software or upgrading to the latest version by providing project management services, functional and technical consultants. For more information phone 0433 165 006 or visit

Shmeco website makes a difference

S, a new social networking site for sustainable living, has made TFL one of its project recipients for funding. Co-founders Judy Celmins and Pia Vogrin say shmeco. com aims to provide a dynamic community forum for people to exchange ideas, stories and experiences on sustainable living choices. On the site, TFL has been nominated as one of the community groups that requires assistance to continue the work we do, and the role we play in the community.

For a point of difference, a ‘shmeco credit system’ has been established to reward the community’s contribution. These credits reward members who participate and interact with the site and then go towards helping complete projects in the offline world. In other words, to help support the work we do, logo onto the site and make your contribution. You’ll get a lot out of the sustainable living discussions and ideas on the site, and be helping us here at TFL.

Perpetual Sponsor

Get fit and help fundraise


ou or your work colleagues can become fundraisers for Trees For Life through our dedicated page on the ‘Go Fundraise’ website: www. Help us raise funds for TFL’s work in revegetation and conservation by being part of this year’s City to Bay Fun Run held on Sunday, September 19.  Our goal is to raise $1000 and you can help us reach this goal by gaining sponsors through your workplace, or with family and friends. Simply ask them to sponsor you for completing the run/ walk. Why not create your own fundraising site and see if you can come up with a TFL team that makes the most money? Donate today on http://www. Join in, raise funds, have fun, help spread the word and get fit too!

Disclaimer Trees For Life takes no responsibility for the services or products featured in its quarterly magazine, ReLeaf.

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St Francis students show their green side

ggie t he m ag by H an n ah

rees For Life’s President David Mitchell recently spent a morning at St Francis Xavier’s School at Wynn Vale talking to its reception class about the work TFL does, the importance of trees and other vegetation. St Francis Xavier’s actively promotes an interest in the environment and has a Kaurna Garden with a variety of native plants in it. Students also undertake water quality testing in an adjacent dam. During David’s visit, students discussed how trees help to clean the air we breathe and how they provide homes and nesting places for a wide variety of animals and birds. They highlighted the fact that the school is surrounded by tall gum trees and there are often large numbers of magpies, lorikeets and sulphur crested cockatoos to be seen and heard. David was also pleased to discover that the children also



understand that shrubs and bushes are important in helping snakes, lizards and even smaller animals to find food and shelter. It was obviously a visit which impressed David, saying St Francis Xavier’s is to be congratulated on the enthusiasm and knowledge of its young students. Before leaving, David presented the children with a number of seedlings which will be planted in the Indigenous garden. Thank you also to the students who did some wonderful paintings of the environment for our Kids Branch.

Lulu and Abigail, from St Francis Xavier’s School at Wynn Vale


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Painting by Hannah

Painting by Mikaela

A big thank you also to Amy, who sent us her great drawing of marine life. Thanks Amy!

ReLeaf Spring 2010  

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