Since 1997 The Rottnest Society has worked with the Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) in its Revegetation Programme for the island. Early records indicate that the island was very heavily wooded at the time of first human contact. This vegetation was largely destroyed for various reasons including farming, and for use as firewood. The RIA currently attempts to plant approximately 50,000 seedlings annually and a number of volunteer groups take part in this programme. Society members and friends plant up to 25,000 trees annually in two weekends each year, so it can be seen that we make a significant contribution to this programme. Preparation for planting includes fencing to keep quokkas out, and ground preparation such as slashing (to make it easier to plant, and to give the seedlings a start against existing competition). Planting can only take place once winter rains have started and must be finished before the end of the winter rains. This is all the watering the seedlings will get until the following winter.
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