The first day of school holidays saw NACC NRM, along with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), getting out into the sunshine with friends and family to do our bit for the environment planting trees and shrubs as part of DBCA’s ongoing restoration works in the Moresby Range Conservation Park.
Approximately 50 keen participants joined in to plant 4000 seedlings, with the kids taking full advantage of the opportunity to get their hands dirty. Our enthusiastic volunteers planted all morning and were treated to a sausage sizzle lunch.
Pristine weather conditions made the day one to remember, and rainfall in recent weeks has allowed the plants to set down roots and get growing!
DBCA Environmental Officer Alanna Chant says that while the process can be draining, the reward comes with seeing progress over time.
“It’s always a bit stressful waiting for the rain, but it’s a great feeling seeing all those plants going into the ground and then coming back later to see they have grown,” said Alanna.
Previously a broad acre farm, this 747 hectare conservation park has been the site of an ongoing restoration and rehabilitation works for many years. This year with help from NACC NRM and DBCA employees, 40000 seedlings were planted.
The Moresby Range Conservation Park is located north of Geraldton and is home to a Priority 1 Ecological Community Plant Assemblage described as a Priority 1 Ecological Community Plant Assemblages of the Moresby Range System. This community is described as the Melaleuca megacephala and Hakea pycnoneura thicket on stony slopes, Vericordia dominated low heath, and Allocasuarina campestris and Melaleuca uncinata thicket on superficial laterite.