Local residents braved the elements and got their hands and knees dirty on Sunday, planting 1000 possum friendly seedlings at Dolphin Road Foreshore to help Western Ringtail Possums. The community planting day coincided with Arbor Day celebrations and despite the rain attracted over 35 enthusiastic community volunteers.
Within a couple of hours residents had transformed the degraded foreshore area into a promising revegetation site, with the long term goal of enhancing habitat for the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum.
“Without a combined community effort to maintain and enhance exiting suitable possum habitat, there is a real risk that Western Ringtail Possums will continue to be threatened with extinction,” said GeoCatch’s Nicole Lincoln.
Community planting days are a great opportunity for local residents to be involved in the recovery of the Western Ringtail Possum and learn more about the important role nature plays in the life of all species.
Thank you to everyone that helped make the foreshore community planting day great. These actions have the ripple effect of making the Geographe Bay Catchment a better place for all wildlife and improving community health.
This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and City of Busselton.