Regeneration Projects

The Human Induced Regeneration (HIR) method involves storing carbon in a regenerating native forest by undertaking one of the following activities:

  • excluding livestock and taking reasonable steps to keep livestock excluded
  • managing the timing and extent of grazing
  • managing feral animals in a humane manner
  • managing plants that are not native to the project area, and
  • implementing a decision to permanently cease mechanical or chemical destruction, or suppression, of native regrowth.

Most of the HIR projects Select Carbon manage involve the activity ‘Managing the timing and extent of grazing’, which aims to manage grazing pressure over time and space to allow areas of native vegetation (with potential to reach forest cover) to regenerate and reach forest cover in a specified timeframe.

Select Carbon is currently partnering with about 60 landholders in three states with HIR projects covering over 8 million ha.

Forest cover in this context is defined as vegetation at 2m or more in height that has a canopy cover of 20% or more by area. Projects must be able to show that grazing pressure (or another eligible suppression, such as clearing or impact of feral animals) suppressed regeneration in the past and that a regeneration of young plants is possible if the suppression activity is reduced or ceased.. If it is reasonable to expect that new grazing management is required to ensure the regeneration continues, an HIR carbon project may be viable.

Select Carbon uses state-of-the-art GIS and remote sensing, simulation modelling and ground-based plots to classify (or stratify) vegetation in existing forest cover, areas with potential to reach forest cover within 15 years, and areas with no potential to reach forest cover. We support landholders and livestock managers to evaluate the suite of eligible management activities. We use customised apps for monitoring and recording, and we coordinate all paperwork, auditing and reporting.

Distinguishing features of HIR projects conducted with Select Carbon are:

  • The complete integration of carbon farming with livestock production – we see that improvement in one will benefit the other.
  • By managing vegetation with livestock we aim to find the balance between achieving forest cover whilst avoiding high levels of woody encroachment.

New management activities to manage the timing and extent of grazing can include:

  • Rangelands Self Herding, an innovative and low-cost set of practices to positively shape grazing distribution and grazing patterns.
  • Establishing rotational grazing practices, with appropriately timed rest periods.
  • Managing access to water points to influence grazing distribution
  • Hay feeding with yard weaning to allow early weaning and reducing grazing pressure on the rangelands
  • Trading cattle rather to replace or complement a breeding operation.
  • Improving genetics or reproductive performance to maintain turn-off with fewer animals.

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