A BOOST TO ENDANGERED SPECIES

Overview

We are improving rainforest habitat in priority areas that are home to the endangered southern cassowary and to Mabi forest and littoral rainforest – both critically-endangered ecological communities.

Background

In Australia, the southern cassowary is only found in North Queensland, while  Mabi forest is unique to the Wet Tropics region.  This region is also home to Australia’s most extensive littoral rainforest.  Our project builds on work undertaken by Terrain NRM over a number of years to protect these species and other endangered species.

We have established strong working relationships with community conservation groups.  The success of these projects comes down to the community’s firm commitment to protecting endangered species, coupled with scientific research and local knowledge.

Solutions

  • Working with threatened species recovery teams to identify the most important locations for investment.
  • Providing resources to willing land owners and managers in priority areas to protect existing habitat, plant native trees and manage invasive weeds.
  • Working on better ways to reduce cassowary deaths and injuries on our roads.

Achievements so far

  • Awarded first-round grants to community groups and other recovery team members for on-ground work in revegetation, weed management and habitat protection for agreed priority locations.

Location

The Wet Tropics region

Partners

Terrain NRM works with the Cassowary, Mabi Forest and Littoral Rainforest Recovery Teams. These teams include Traditional Owners, community group representatives, landholders, scientists and representatives of local, state and federal government agencies. As part of this project, Terrain has established a Rainforest Recovery Network to bring together all three recovery teams to share knowledge.

Funders

This four-year project is supported by Terrain NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Cassowaries image: Rob Onnis PHiMAGES

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