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The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area was recently ranked as the second most irreplaceable World Heritage Area on the planet. This very high ranking by a team of international scientists reinforces just how special the Wet Tropics is and the array of rare and threatened endemic plants and animals and their habitats that are found here.

As custodians of the Area we must maintain our vigilance in the management, protection and rehabilitation of this living legacy, and aspire to the greatest heights to ensure it remains one of the most valued regions in the world. Read more about irreplaceability here.

The discovery of another infestation of yellow crazy ants, this time in Kuranda, highlights the potential for this invasive pest to spread throughout the Wet Tropics and severely affect biodiversity values. The Authority is coordinating an informed and effective eradication program in Kuranda, Edmonton and Bentley Park. After inspecting infestations at the back of Edmonton and Bentley Park, the yellow crazy ant taskforce identified a window of opportunity to begin the eradication program. Aerial baiting of non-residential areas has started and treatment of yellow crazy ants in residential areas commences in coming weeks. A summary of the taskforce site inspection can be found here. Read more about yellow crazy ants here.

The Authority's 2014 Small Grants and Student Research Grants have been finalised and projects are now underway.The Authority's grant scheme is supporting local indigenous communities and tropical rainforest researchers in the World Heritage Area. Read about the successful Djiru Traditional Owners Small Grants project from 2013. The Small Grants and Student Research grant recipients for 2014 can be found here.

I hope you enjoy our latest enewsletter.
Andrew Maclean

Welcome to our latest Enews

Published: 12th Mar 2014

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