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Tarwin River Carbon Bank

Sponsor this ecologically significant covenanted forest to support its vital role in reducing the impacts of climate change while preserving biodiversity.

carbon            biodiversity            water

Local native forests are the best place to store carbon, maintain biodiversity and provide clean water for all.
our work

Tarwin River Carbon Bank is conservation forest stewardship for carbon, biodiversity and water. 

We work with Trust for Nature to protect this forest ecosystem and manage threats so it can store and sequester carbon, preserve biodiversity as well as provide clean water for the community.

We are looking for sponsors to support us to protect and grow this forest.

This is a great opportunity for sponsors to have a deeper relationship with the forest ecosystem and forest stewards they support.

our beliefs

We believe in doing all that we can to help conserve this unique and endangered forest and all of the native species that call this forest home.

We do it for the powerful owl, the platypus and the long-nosed bandicoot.

Small, local, family businesses with strong connections to the community are the way forward.

We believe that we need to do more than promise. That is why we have committed to first protecting biodiversity and storing carbon successfully before offering these ecological services to sponsors.

sponsor this forest

Help reduce climate change and its impacts by supporting this forest to store carbon.

Help protect Victorian native species biodiversity and local forest ecosystems.

Get to know this beautiful forest and its committed forest stewards and be confident your support is used ethically and efficiently.

Sponsors have the opportunity to get more involved and to share their skills and resources.

Sponsors can get to know this forest through regular forest updates and can visit us on open days. Come and see where your carbon is recycled!

become a sponsor

We are pleased to offer sponsors an opportunity to balance their carbon emissions against the carbon we have banked in 2021. Unlike most offset schemes that promise the offset sometime in the future, we have already captured and stored carbon and achieved our conservation targets for 2021.

There are sponsorships available for all 297 acres.
Sponsorships start from $50 for half an acre.
Sponsor any size at $100 an acre.

Gift sponsorships available.

Sponsor this forest to help mitigate climate change and species extinction.

ecosystem services

  • Carbon -  This forest securely stores 12000 tons of carbon and sequesters an additional 1200 tons of carbon every year. This is enough to offset the annual carbon emissions produced by 130 Victorians.
  • Biodiversity - This forest contains endangered ecosystems, and is home to thousands of species of flora, fauna and fungi including rare and threatened species.
  • Water - This forest provides the Tarwin River with 435 million litres of pristine water every year. This is important to our river species health and supplies local farms, businesses and towns.
we value this forest

This forest is the largest conservation covenanted property in South Gippsland. Fortunately this forest was not totally cleared like most of South Gippsland's forests and with our help it is slowly regenerating.

Mountain ash, messmate and blackwood make up the tall forest canopy. The river, creeks and gullys are filled with ferns, mosses and fungi. It is a home to many important animal species such as long-nosed bandicoots, Strzelecki koala, platypus, suberb lyrebirds and the powerful owl. 

This forest is unique and endangered and we are committed to protecting it and supporting it to grow into a mature forest. It has an important role in mitigating the effects of climate change caused by our society's continued reliance on fossil fuels.

This forest is also important in providing a refuge for many native species. Habitat preservation is vital to prevent further species decline and extinction.

our stewardship protects this forest

We protect this forest and manage threats so it can continue to store and sequester carbon as well as support biodiversity. Trust for Nature scientists work with us to develop a management plan which requires resources to implement. This involves:

  • Tree propagation and revegetation.
  • Setting and checking camera traps to gather information on native and feral species populations and movements.
  • Recording and mapping native species observation data.
  • GPS mapping of forest cover, weed sites and pest threats.
  • Exclusion fencing.
  • Maintaining walking only access tracks to enable monitoring of remote areas and facilitate weed removal.
  • A lot of hand weeding.
  • Monitoring water quality in the river and creeks.
  • Feral animal control.
  • Working with Trust for Nature, neighbours, council and forestry to protect this forest and to coordinate work on managing ecosystem wide threats.

Your support helps us to carry out this important work.

protecting forests mitigates climate change

From a climate change perspective, protecting the carbon stored in existing forests is more effective than planting new trees. Research has shown that native forests are far superior to plantations at storing carbon.

Unlike other carbon offset schemes, the forest here will never be logged and is protected by a conservation covenant in perpetuity.

This forest was selectively logged in the past and most of the mature trees removed. It will take hundreds of years to return to mature forest. With support, this forest will continue to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as our 100 year old trees grow into the 400 year old giants that once covered South Gippsland.

For details on our forest ecosystems, native species diversity, carbon sequestration and references for all facts presented on this website please follow the link below.

sponsors are invited to:

  • Get involved with a new approach to mitigating climate change.
  • Send their carbon emissions here to this forest for recycling.
  • Protect Victoria's unique flora, fauna and fungi.
  • Protect our rivers and catchments.
  • Get to know your local forest and forest stewards.
  • Support a transparent, efficient, effective and personally accountable project.
  • Have confidence that what they are supporting aligns with their values.
  • Visit us and explore the forest on open days.
  • Volunteer or provide in-kind support.
  • Help with species identification and recording.
  • Receive forest updates on species observations and current management focus.
  • Be part of a new community supported forest model of conservation.
  • Receive recognition on our website and publications.
  • Help support us so that this forest can continue to support you.

sponsor this forest

Contact us if you have any questions or any information that you wish to share.
We look forward to discussing any aspects of this new project with you.

write to us
po box 115 Foster 3960
text or call stuart on 0410017309


we are

Stuart Inchley
Forest steward

Stuart has a strong connection with South Gippsland, spending most of his childhood summers camping with his family at Wilson's Prom. He started out designing and installing off-grid renewable energy systems and has had a lifelong interest in renewable energy and sustainability. He has worked with students from Arnhemland to Richmond teaching science, maths and outdoor education. Stuart now divides his time between working for the forest and working in the home gardens growing organic fruit and vegetables and raising chickens and goats.


Victoria Johnson
Forest steward

Victoria is passionate about social justice and the environment. She has always been a keen gardener and started out working and wwoofing on organic farms. Victoria’s social work career started in women’s refuges and progressed, via a PhD, to working in social policy and planning at the intersection of social and environmental justice. Along the way, Victoria pioneered growing organic cut flowers using a community supported agriculture model (CSA). She established Sunrise Organic Flowers in response to her growing awareness of the unsustainability of the cut flower industry.

Now, when Victoria’s not in the office, she’s weeding and working in the forest.

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