New Projects Planned for Mahogany Glider Protection

Dianne Mauloni
February 17, 2016

Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews with Mahagony Glider Recovery Team

Threatened Species Commissioner Gregory Andrews with Mahagony Glider Recovery Team on visit to Wet Tropics in 2015

Terrain NRM has submitted proposals to the Federal Government to help recover the mahogany glider after the decision was made to add the endangered Wet Tropics animal to the shortlist of Australia’s priority species for recovery by 2020. 

The Threatened Species Commissioner requested the project proposals for an investor prospectus, which will be used to attract private funding to help with the recovery of Australia’s target species.  

Jacqui Richards, Terrain’s Community Partnerships leader, said the decision to add the mahogany glider to the list was a significant outcome that would boost its chances of survival.

“We’ve been working closely with recovery teams in the area and put forward a range of proposals that will help secure the survival of mahogany gliders. These include landholder incentives for habitat management within corridors, fire management extension programs to manage weeds and habitat thickening, community based monitoring program, establishment of fire management trials as well as programs to engage and educate the local community,” she said. 

Terrain’s CEO Carole Sweatman said that the mahogany glider’s inclusion on the Threatened Species list was a reflection of the community’s commitment to recovery of the species.

“It was very obvious to the Commissioner, when he visited in September, that there is a lot of community dedication to mahogany gliders. This will be critical to our ability to recover the species so we encourage any community members who are interested in volunteering time or funding to the projects to get in touch. 

“We also want to encourage land owners in the area who think they have habitat on their properties to contact us so that we can assist with revegetation, wildlife friendly fencing, weed control and fire management. Our focus is on establishing corridors through properties so that mahogany gliders can move easily between National Parks.”

Many farmers are already involved and have received incentives for improving the management of mahogany glider habitat on their properties. Local cane farmer Sam Torrisi said, “For us it’s a win-win situation. We get to help improve mahogany glider habitat by planting trees along the riverbanks but it also helps prevent erosion and control weeds, which harbour rats that effect the sugar cane.”

For more information go to www.wettropicsplan.org.au/About-the-Plan/Plan-Partners/Mahogany-Glider-Recovery-Team.