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  • Wetland restoration

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    October 22, 2018 at 4:49 am

    A weed-choked haven for feral pigs has been transformed into wetlands supporting native plants, animals and the Great Barrier Reef. Ingham farmers Sam and Santo Lamari described a 40ha patch of swampland on their property as “an absolute disaster” until a group of organisations secured funding and invested more than $90,000 in its restoration. The...

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  • Laptops donation

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 4:42 am

    Fifteen of Terrain NRM’s pre-loved laptops will help young people in need to access education. Terrain has donated the laptops to Mission Australia, a community organisation that supports families and helps homeless people of all ages find housing and get a ‘leg-up’ in life. Mission Australia’s Mark Jentz said the computers would be used in...

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  • Extra monitoring sites

    From: Monica Haynes
    October 18, 2018 at 12:50 am

    Almost 30 new water-monitoring sites are being rolled out across the Johnstone and Tully catchments to give landowners a better idea of water quality in their patch. The Wet Tropics Major Integrated Project’s Alicia Buckle said the installations were in response to farmer feedback. “This is about filling in gaps - growers want to know...

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  • Locals star in new video about threatened species

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 27, 2018 at 12:03 am

    Locals star in a new video to help protect threatened species including cassowaries, northern bettongs and quolls. Cairns’s Dr Sandra Abell and Alberto Vale are among six locals in “Explore the Secret Lives of the Region’s Endangered Species” – a project that has brought together the tourism industry, scientists, traditional owners and environmental groups. Dr...

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  • Graziers learn new soil health practices at free workshops

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 26, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Weeds and grasses can tell you a lot about soil health – that was one of the messages at free workshops for graziers on the Tablelands and in Ingham recently. Local grazier and mixed-crop farmer Adam Collins joined with visiting ecological farming expert Dick Richardson for paddock sessions on improving soil health and pasture-carrying capacity....

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  • Science helping threatened species recovery

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 24, 2018 at 6:21 am

    For World Cassowary Day, we asked CSIRO’s Dr David Westcott to highlight cutting-edge threatened species science in the Wet Tropics region. Check out his recommendations below.  Also, find out what scientists and others are saying about “Australia’s faunal extinction crisis” and which local community groups and traditional owners are collecting and sharing threatened species data. ...

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  • Celebrate World Cassowary Day – Wed 26 September

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    at 5:57 am

    They are the second-heaviest bird in the world, they can sprint faster than Usain Bolt, and the bloke sits on the eggs.  In the week of World Cassowary Day, there are plenty of quirky facts being shared about a bird that is struggling to survive in the region despite being a massive drawcard and a...

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  • NRM Qld Newsletter – September

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    From turtle monitoring with drones at Cape York to carbon farming in the Burnett-Mary region, the September issue of the new NRM Qld newsletter is a great read... NRM QLD Newsletter - Sept 2018

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  • Researchers wanted…

    From: Julie Lightfoot
    September 17, 2018 at 4:38 am

    We want to hear from people who'll research traditional Aboriginal land and water management practices. Up to $40,000 is available for the research, to inform future practices in the Wet Tropics. Terrain NRM is part of the new Wet Tropics Cooperative Research Partnership which is seeking expressions of interest from the research community that demonstrate...

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  • Tourism and Environment Sectors Unite to Promote Wildlife

    From: Elaine Seager
    September 6, 2018 at 5:58 am

    An alliance between the tourism industry, scientists, traditional owners and environmental community groups has launched a new video promoting the unique biodiversity of the Wet Tropics and highlighting plants and animals at risk of extinction. The Wet Tropics is a biodiversity hotspot – and it is home to half of Australia’s bird species, a third...

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