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Community helps plant thousands of seedlings

Parks and Wildlife flora conservation officer Alanna Chant with volunteer Wendy Payne planting native species near Geraldton.
Parks and Wildlife flora conservation officer Alanna Chant with volunteer Wendy Payne planting native species near Geraldton.

More than 30 volunteers assisted with the planting of 23,000 seedlings recently to re-establish native vegetation near Geraldton.

Coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, the conservation initiative was part of a week-long community planting venture held during July.

Flora conservation officer Janet Newell said 32 volunteers assisted with planting a total of 18 different flora species in the Northern Agricultural Region, and within a local catchment which has less than two per cent of remaining vegetation.

“The project raises awareness of threatened flora conservation and is an important step in the recovery of threatened native species,” she said.

“It also helps to build relationships across organisations and provides opportunities for volunteers and students to be involved in conservation activities.

“We have had so much assistance and interest in the project, it has been inspiring and it was great to have so many people turn up so thank you all.

“In half a day, 13 volunteers assisted with the planting of 4000 seedlings – a remarkable effort.

“Department staff were also assisted by property owners, inmates from the Greenough Regional Prison, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council staff and a Green Army team, which shows how much can be achieved when we partner with community groups and other organisations.”

Volunteer Wendy Payne said she enjoyed participating in the planting day.

“It was definitely a feel good experience. I loved working together with a great group of community members to provide habitat for my favourite local flower Grevillea bracteosa,” she said.

The 18-month revegetation project will help improve the overall extent and connectivity of habitat for three threatened flora species on Yanget Station, near Geraldton. This includes connecting two small sub-populations of the critically endangered Grevillea bracteosa and improving an area of potential habitat for the endangered Chorizema humile and Wurmbea tubulosa

The Yanget Station – Protecting Threatened Flora project is supported by the Australian Government’s 20 Million Trees Programme (part of the National Landcare Programme) and Parks and Wildlife.

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