Rottnest Foundation members have been provided the opportunity to participate in two planting days on the Island per year. Ferry fares are sponsored by Rottnest Express and bus transfers to-and-from the planting site. More opportunities for planting days will become available with the introduction of the Settlement Greening Plan.
2020 Rottnest Foundation Planting Day -Herschel Lake
On Saturday 4 July, 2020 Rottnest Foundation members planted approximately 3,000 saltmarsh species at Herschel Lake. Species included Tectiornia halocnemoides and Tectiornia indica (samphire) on the low lying areas close to the water line and Ficinia nodosa, Rhadogia baccata and Melaleuca lanceolata on the higher ground. The aim of the project was to assist salt lake rehabilitation, increase habitat for migratory birds, improve wetland buffer functions and deter pedestrian and bicycle access which are key threats to microbial communities. The Rottnest salt lakes are listed as ‘Wetlands of National Importance”. This project was made possible by our enthusiastic volunteers and an $18,000 Community Environment Program Grant.
2019 Rottnest Foundation Planting Day-Garden Lake
To assist salt lake rehabilitation, 1,500 seedlings were planted around the foreshore of Garden Lake by our energetic volunteers and some removed tree guards from successful plantings in previous years. The species planted included salt bush and three types of samphire, all of which are suited to the high levels of salt water common to the inland lakes of Rottnest island.