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Schools Tree Day helps Western Ringtail Possum

08 August, 2018

Students from Georgiana Molloy, Busselton Primary School, Dunsborough Primary School and Capel Primary School left their desks to plant 1000 seedlings to provide habitat for the endangered Western Ringtail Possum as part of Schools Tree Day.

This theme of planting trees for possum habitat is a reminder that without suitable habitat, there is a real risk that Western Ringtail Possums could be threatened with extinction.

GeoCatch coordinated the planting days at local schools, with support from Busselton Toyota. Schools Tree Day is part of Planet Ark’s National Tree Day. Since the launch of this program in 1996, more than 24 million native trees and shrubs have been planted.

“Schools Tree Day is a great opportunity to teach children from a young age how to care for and protect our natural environment. Students also learn about the important role nature plays in the life the Western Ringtail Possum and why we must protect it” said GeoCatch’s Nicole Lincoln.

Busselton Toyota have donated funding towards the project. Staff at Busselton Toyota and GeoCatch will visit schools involved with tree day and participate in planting.

“This is our sixth year supporting GeoCatch for Schools Tree Day and it’s been a great partnership,” said Busselton Toyota’s Laurie Saltarini.

This project is supported by funding from the Western Australian Government’s State NRM Program supported by Royalties for Regions, Busselton Toyota, and GeoCatch.

Find out more about our Peppies for Possums project HERE.