Kangaroo island native plant nursery fund

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The Kangaroo Island (KI) Native Plant Nursery is gearing up to meet the demand for habitat restoration with seedlings of KI provenance to be planted in fire affected areas. While much vegetation is expected to regenerate, there are areas where the fire burned too hot or where vegetation was physically removed during fire-fighting operations that will need to be replanted.

KI is home to many endemic plant species that are found nowhere else, and native vegetation provides many important benefits. It provides habitat and food for our precious native animals such the KI kangaroo, koalas, pygmy possums and emu wrens, as well as many threatened and endangered species such as the KI echidna, the KI dunnart, Rosenberg’s goanna and the glossy black-cockatoo.

Native vegetation prevents soil erosion, filters runoff, provides shelter for livestock, and provides the basis for the Island’s honey industry, which has been significantly impacted by the fires, and supports many native pollinators, such as the endangered green carpenter bee and the blue-banded bee.

The KI Native Plant Nursery has offered an important service for many years, providing landholders with critical advice about what to grow where, ensuring that seed is of KI provenance, and ensuring that there is no biosecurity risk posed to the island by bringing over plants that are grown on the mainland.

It is critical that the nursery is now able to support recovery efforts on the island so please give generously. Your donation will be used to provide fire affected landholders with a diverse range of KI’s native plants, together with tree guards (where needed), at no cost.

All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

Total funds received to date is $42,845 as at 21 May 2020.

You can also donate via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to BSB:105900 Acc No: 963747240
Name: Nature Foundation
Description: (Your name and) KINF

Please email [email protected] to advise you have done the EFT.

Thank you to everyone who has supported already!