Our 2023 calendar has just arrived hot off the press (order your copy here). Each year we pick a theme unique to our special corner of the world, and this year we wanted to highlight an often overlooked but crucial link in our ecosystem: the noble Tree.
Image by Adrianne Yzerman - "Road to Quairading"
Every few months we receive letters from the community expressing concern about trees being ripped out on or near public land. While the deforestation rates in Western Australia are stabilising, in many areas of the Wheatbelt the remnant trees lining the road are the only vegetation for native birds and animals to find food and navigate the area safely, creating highways for our native species.
Image by Jenny Utting - "Kellerberrin Hill Panorama"
The best way to help native species is by preserving native bush areas on private land and planting trees and shrubbery in areas close to existing bushland. Our annual Free Tree Days assist the community in using plants that are native to our specific region that are drought resistant and double as food and habitat for native animals.
Image by Cindy Meyer - "Bobakine's Powderbark, Wandoo"
This year we asked the community to show us their favourite trees in the Wheatbelt, and we were overwhelmed by the response. Beautiful trees from all over came through by the hundreds, so picking just enough for one calendar was definitly difficult! Our winners are:
First Place: "These Drowning Trees" by Nonie Jekabsons
Second Place: "Mallee trees" by Grant Stainer
Third Place: "Dancing Trees" by Naomi Millet
The calendar is available for purchase on our shop or can be picked up from our offices at 269 Fitzgerald Street, Northam from 9am-4pm Monday through Friday (closed 23 December 2022).
Thank you to everyone who sent us photos and stories, we were awed by the number and quality of your submissions.
Published eNews #375, December 2022