IT takes more than a little courage to take on the task of caring for a high value conservation area that is three-and-a-half times the size of Kings Park, but this is what environmental volunteers have been doing for the past 25 years.
The Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park have been recently recognised for their long-term commitment to the park by Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, with a certificate of appreciation and $2000 grant.
Although the regional park is managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, rehabilitation of degraded areas, weed control necessary for the maintenance of biodiversity and ongoing improvement of the water quality of the lake system would be extremely difficult without the contribution of dedicated volunteers.
There are more than 120 bird species that rely on the wetlands for foraging and breeding and many of these species travel to the lake system each year from the Northern Hemisphere.
The Friends are also trialling a new midge mitigation strategy with the construction of floating plant islands which will strip unwanted nutrients from the lake and improve water quality.
Should you wish to be involved in any of their activities, a membership form is at friendsofyellagonga.com.au.
• John Chester is a committee member of Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park