Restoring habitat and connectivity in the upland rainforests of the Wet Tropics
The main body of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is long, thin and divided. Many smaller fragments of the Area, and other rainforest outliers, are separated from the main body by farmlands, roads and urban development. This is a particular issue on the coastal lowlands and the Atherton and Evelyn Tablelands. Promoting landscape connectivity between isolated sections of the Area is important for its future conservation and the survival of its unique plants and animals, many found nowhere else in the world.
Climate modeling suggests that even a one degree celsius rise in temperature will reduce the habitat available for high-altitude plants and animals by half. The Southern Atherton Tablelands contain most of the potential areas which can be rehabilitated as rainforest habitat for numerous endemic upland rainforest species including Lumholtz’s tree-kangaroos, lemuroid ringtail possums, green ringtail possums, golden bowerbirds, tooth-billed bowerbirds, mountain thornbills, Victoria’s riflebirds, Atherton scrubwrens, the endangered southern cassowaries and several endangered frog species.
Benefits of connectivity
Planting rainforest for connectivity has a range of potential benefits. It can:
From 2011 to 2013 the Wet Tropics Management Authority worked with local landholders and numerous land managers, conservation groups and researchers to create wildlife corridors in the Upper Barron and East Evelyn areas. The project was funded $600,000 by the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country program. The basic achievements were:
Research and community monitoring
Kickstart trials (pasture conversion plots)
The NCCARF Award
Six Traditional Owners were employed and trained through North Queensland Land Management Services in various land management techniques. This included all aspects of fencing construction with contractor Michael Edwards from gathering fence posts to erecting gates and straining the wire. The trainees also assisted with weed control and revegetation.
Download a brochure about Making Connections
You can download a sixteen page brochure about the Making Connections project (4MB) or a two page leaflet about the benefits of planting native trees (1.3MB) by clicking on the pictures below.
Thanks to our partners and volunteers
The project would not have been successful without the hard work and expertise of:
In addition to the partners mentioned above, special thanks and acknowledgements are due to.- Paddy Boyton, Carla Catterall, Jessica Coulter, Alice Crabtree, Michael Edwards, Larry Crook, Brad and Kym Eaton, Carolyn and Phil Emms, Chris and Gary Forbes, Kylie Freebody, Amanda Freeman, Brett Fry, Bob GoSam, John Hatton, Barbara and Leo Hofmann, Dave Hudson and Robyn Land, Jason Kraft, Barbara Lanskey, Nick Mauger, Angela and Mark McCaffrey, Helen McConnell, Cath Moran, Adam Mott, Geoff Onus, Barry Pember, Catherine Pohlman, Deb Pople, Cassie Ryan and Greg Clark, Luke Shoo, Keith Smith, Nick Stevens , Sunny Thomson-Jones, Rohan Wilson and all the staff at Wet Tropics Management Authority.
News and Events
News and Events
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