John Forrest National Park is not only WA’s oldest national park, but among the oldest in the world, proclaimed only 28 years after the world’s first national park was established in 1872, in Yellowstone in the United States.
The Foundation has selected John Forrest National Park as a priority project, with the objective of making John Forrest National Park Perth’s premier national park.
Its natural landscape is primarily jarrah forest still largely in its natural state, though over the years’ the park has been impacted by weed infestations, feral animals, fire, drought and dieback. Ageing infrastructure and a decline in amenity is impacting the ability of John Forrest to provide a high-quality nature based experience close to the metropolitan area.
The objective of the John Forrest National Park Revitalisation Plan is to reconnect users to the park and conserving and protecting the rich flora, fauna and landscape values of the Park.
The WA Parks Foundation is seeking sponsorship for elements of the John Forrest renewal and revitalisation. The Parks and Wildlife Service will be making a significant investment in the basic Park infrastructure and the Foundation wishes to source additional funding to progress and improve this natural jewel on Perth’s doorstep.
Elements the Foundation are keen to progress are the establishment of an interpretation centre, fully accessible picnic areas, heritage garden redevelopment, trails and trails hub, including interpretive signage and the Glen Brook picnic area.