Mount Isa Landcare has celebrated Climate Week with tree planting, or to be more precise tree guard planting, at Lake Moondarra on Sunday.
Mount Isa Landcare Group president Mark Van Ryt said the day came about after Queensland water and land carers had put out a notice that that Queensland's environment minister Leeanne Enoch was releasing funding to celebrate Climate Week.
"They wanted to show we can marshall the energy of the community around the state to do something for the environment," Mr Van Ryt said.
Through the peak body group Queensland Water and Land Carers, Mr Van Ryt put up Mount Isa Landcare's hand to do something though he wasn't sure exactly what.
"I thought about it, as digging holes and planting trees is problematic out here because we don't have the rainfall to water the soil," he said.
"One of our members Paul Johnson told me about the tree planting Rotary had done here."
Mr Van Ryt said Mount Isa Water Board dug the holes and there was a poly pipe going from the tank which was rapidly disintegrating.
"So we thought if we put tree guards on them to protect them, let's do that," he said.
"Then we thought let's put shade trees here, because all these endemic trees, snappy gums (Eucalyptus leucophloia) are good trees germinated by Alistair Campbell, but they don't give much shade and they don't get very big."
Mr Van Ryt said they were struggling to get hold of riparian Leichhardt or cluster fig trees from the Gregory region so would hold off for now.
"They are hard find locally, we have tried all the local nurseries," he said.
"So we are just doing the tree guards today."
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef Leeanne Enoch said Queensland hosted sub-national governments from across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region as part of the inaugural Climate Week.
"Thousands of people will be involved in environmental events across the state, including Mount Isa Landcare Group's tree planting at Lake Moondarra," she said.