Planting trees for wildlife corridors is one of the best things we can do to help animals and plants deal with the impacts of climate change. Planting wildlife corridors improves the health of our Wet Tropics forests and allows animals and plants to move across the landscape more easily.
There is a grand tradition of planting trees for wildlife in the Wet Tropics and numerous community groups have achieved amazing results of the past twenty years. See Volunteering for more details.
The Authority has funding under the Caring for Our Country program to work with local landholders, volunteers and Tablelands Regional Council in the East Evelyn region to plant trees and connect patches of remnant high altitude rainforest, home to various possum species, tree-kangaroos and cassowaries. You can read more about the project in our Caring section on the making connections page.
The map on the right was prepared as a submission for funding under the Biodiversity Fund 2012. The map shows the major connectivity required to provide ecosystem resilience to the impacts of climate change. The text for the map states that:
'The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is fragmented into numerous sections, often divided by agricultural lands and roads. Community groups (including Traditional Owners) will work with NRM groups and state and local government agencies to restore rainforest corridors and ecosystem resilience from the coast between Cardwell and Cairns to the Tablelands and montane rainforests. These rainforest connections will link habitat for numerous endemic, rare and threatened animal and plant species and promote ecosystem resilience and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The connections will help to complete the work already undertaken by numerous community groups to replant rainforest and control weeds and feral animals.'
Click on the map to see a large version.