A project by SelectCarbon, in partnership with a landowner near Ravenshoe on the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns, has become the first of its kind to be approved for carbon farming by the Australian Government.

The first plantings of about 20 hectares of native conifers for carbon credits should happen in about 12 months.

Native conifers were chosen because they have been resilient to significant changes in climate over the last 200 million years.

The company believes that they could eventually plant about 1,500 hectares of native conifers for carbon credits throughout the southern Atherton Tablelands.