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.


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

It is helping to restore and reconnect rainforest in agreed priority areas through revegetation, weed management and habitat protection.


  • 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

  • 250 landholders invited to apply for grants each year
  • Provided 41 grants to landholders, community groups and other recovery team members for on-ground work in revegetation, weed management and habitat protection for agreed priority locations.
  • 13 hectares of revegetation
  • 234 hectares of weed management
  • 260 hectares of habitat protection/landholder agreements
  • Supporting scientific and community input to the design of cassowary road crossings in vehicle strike hotspots


The Wet Tropics region


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 and support other emerging recovery groups such as the Spectacled Flying Fox.


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

national landcare programCassowaries image: Rob Onnis PHiMAGES


Revegetating creeks and reducing rats

Revegetating creeks and reducing rats

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Hear from three cane farmers about the benefits of creekside revegetation.
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Insulator Creek to get farm-friendly fish passage

Insulator Creek to get farm-friendly fish passage

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Infrastructure in Insulator Creek is being replaced with farm and fish-friendly alternatives.
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Final round of rainforest grants

Final round of rainforest grants

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Up to $20,000 available to eligible landholders and recovery teams - grants open now.
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