TACKLING THREATS TO WOODLAND GLIDER HABITAT

Overview

This project is improving 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 its quality has also been compromised by 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

  • Tree planting to reconnect corridors
  • Weed management in priority areas
  • Cultural burning with the Girringun Rangers
  • Mahogany glider monitoring program

Achievements so far

  • 96 hectares of improved habitat
  • 3 cultural burns in 2018-19
  • 2 gaps in priority corridors revegetated
  • 18 habitat assessments completed
  • Landholders advised on tree planting to support mahogany glider populations
  • Revegetation Guidelines Booklet for landholders.

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 is supported by Terrain NRM through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Mahogany glider images: D Dickson

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