Will and Sasha Treloar
Along with Will’s parents the Treloars operate a beef cattle grazing enterprise on 72,000 hectares in the mulga country of South West Queensland west of Charleville.
“As a fifth-generation farmer, this is what I’m passionate about. If we can make our business work in the hardest of times it is going to make the good times easy” says Will.
The Treloars first heard about carbon farming when they came across Josh Harris, Climate Friendly’s Executive Manager – Operations & Trading, at an information seminar in Charleville.
Will and Sasha did plenty of their own research and risk management when assessing if a carbon farming project was right for them, including talking to their bank and various other interest holders. During this process they were able to tap into the expertise of the Climate Friendly team, all of whom are experienced in navigating the various steps needed to get a carbon farming project registered.
“Without Climate Friendly we would not have got a project up and running” says Will.
“It’s been a great thing to add to our business. We haven’t had to change much in our land management for the project to work”.
Will and Sasha say that in general, their local community and neighbours have been supportive of their decision to start carbon farming on their property.
“Carbon farming has kept our young family on the land and in the community,” says Sasha. “It has had a positive impact on our community”.
The Treloars cite their desire to manage risk as one of the drivers of their decision to become carbon farmers:
“Carbon farming is a risk management tool for our business – it safeguards our passive income, as well as helping with climate change,” says Sasha.
What’s Will and Sasha’s advice for someone considering becoming a carbon farmer?
“Talk to as many people as possible who have projects. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – talk to your accountant. Have a property development plan in place, so going forward life will be easier in the future. Work in a buffer – don’t bid all of what your estimation is, to allow for any unforeseen events.”
Regeneration carbon farming projects involve managing land in a way that enables native vegetation to regenerate naturally into forest. This is done by changing, reducing or removing factors that would otherwise suppress regeneration (e.g. grazing pressure, feral animals and non-native plants and clearing or thinning practices).
The regenerating forest captures and stores carbon in the landscape, producing carbon credits which can be traded. Over time, the project implementation area will transition to ‘forest cover’. In Australia, forest cover means an area of land that has trees two or more metres tall and a canopy that covers at least 20% of the total area. Forest cover should be achieved within 15 years of when the trees germinated.
A regeneration project is implemented on land in Australia for either 25 or 100 years. Projects can only take place on land areas that did not have forest cover for the ten years before the project commences (known as the baseline period). The regeneration project involves natural germination of trees, rather than seeding or planting activities, which are covered under different project methods.
Case Study Examples
Managing a cattle in a way that reduces the emissions intensity of the herd.
Increasing the amount of organic matter in the soil as a direct result of changes in property management.
Expanding or optimising plantation estates for solid wood production.
Planting or seeding trees to establish a forest.