Native Vegetation: Many Hands Make Light Work Project

Terrain NRM is improving 1000 hectares of native vegetation in the Great Barrier Reef catchment and protecting critical ecosystems through this project.

The Wet Tropics is a biodiversity hotspot of global significance. But weeds also love the tropical conditions, and the region is home to more than 500 species listed as declared weeds in Queensland.

Terrain NRM is partnering with the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils and local councils to tackle the problem strategically, thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Natural Resources Investment Program.

Weeds are one of the two greatest threats to native vegetation in the Wet Tropics – second only to clearing.

This four-year ‘Native Vegetation – Many Hands Make Light Work Project’ will tackle ‘transformer’ weeds, which are particularly invasive. In doing so it will increase the resilience of big patches of native vegetation containing endangered eco-systems and ‘of concern’ habitat.

Terrain NRM, councils and FNQROC are working together to select sites for on-ground projects from weed control and fire management to tree-planting and assisted regeneration.

The first sites are in the Daintree, Cassowary Coast and Atherton Tableland regions.

The Daintree site is beside the Mossman River where hiptage, an invasive weed, is smothering rainforest. On the Atherton Tablelands, a rare wet sclerophyll ecotone at South Cedar Creek in the Ravenshoe area is under threat from lantana and changed fire regimes. On the Cassowary Coast, a combination of guinea grass, bramble and fire has badly damaged world-heritage rainforest on council and national park land at Nyleta Creek, Silkwood.

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For more information about the Native Vegetation - Many Hands Make Light Work project, contact Terrain NRM’s Tony O'Malley on 0437 728 190 or via email at tony.omalley@terrain.org.au