TACKLING THREATS TO WOODLAND GLIDER HABITAT

Overview

This five-year project ran from 2018-2023. It improved woodland habitat in the southern part of the Wet Tropics, which is a biodiversity hot-spot for threatened species including the mahogany glider, ant plant and broadleaf tea tree ecological community.

Background

Woodland habitat in the Wet Tropics region has been significantly impacted by development, agriculture and forestry. What remains is fragmented and in poor condition due to weeds, habitat-thickening and altered fire regimes.

Mahogany gliders, already listed as endangered, are limited to small pockets of habitat. Other woodland species, like the endangered broad-leafed tea tree ecological community and the ant plant (listed as ‘vulnerable’), are also at risk.

Solutions

How everyone can help

Mahogany Glider Prospectus

Achievements 

  • 406 hectares of appropriate fire management
  • 410 hectares of weed control
  • 410 hectares of revegetation/regeneration
  • 2 gaps in priority corridors revegetated
  • Landholders advised on tree planting to support mahogany glider populations
  • Revegetation Guidelines Booklet for landholders developed.
  • Genetic study of mahogany gliders to ensure long-term survival supported.

Locations

A Wet Tropics area from Tully to Ollera Creek (north of Townsville).

Partners

Mahogany Glider Recovery Team, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation, James Cook University and the Herbert River Catchment Group.

Funders

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

national landcare program

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