Such an approach might help to prevent such proposals as replacing native trees in a park with exotic red oak trees.
The council involved claims native birds adapt readily to exotic trees but by and large this is not correct.
It should be self evident that indigenous wildlife is best adapted to indigenous trees and vegetation. That is why if we want to avoid suburbia losing virtually all of its distinctively West Australian fauna, we need to protect what native and indigenous trees we have, while adding to their stocks with additional planting.
With the loss of larger blocks and the clearing of most of the bushland that lasted up until late last century, it is all the more important that the council protects indigenous habitat trees, remnant bushland and wetlands.
I find it very disheartening to see so many trees completely foreign to our environment being planted around Perth by local authorities and landscapers.
There is no ecological justification for it and it smacks of an attitude of contempt towards our own natural heritage.