Atherton Tablelands, Queensland
Ancient rainforest, waterfalls, crystal clear crater lakes, and home to Tree Kangaroos and Cassowaries. When you explore the Atherton Tablelands you notice that between lush rainforest patches lies long stretches of paddocks and grazing land. In the past 200 years, there has been extensive clearing of the lowlands transforming the area from dense rainforest to savannah, fragmented remnants of rainforest, and expanses of agricultural land for animal production.
Currently, the amount of native vegetation remaining in the Atherton Tablelands is 41–49 percent of its former size. The majority of this is broken up into small fragments, disconnected from one another and creating challenges for wildlife to pass between fragments.
A key aim of this project is to expand wildlife corridors for connectivity between forest fragments. Connectivity includes the implementation of wildlife corridors of trees that connect fragmented forests. Animals use these wildlife corridors as crossing bare paddocks or through urban areas is highly risky. Connectivity provides access to new and varied habitats and improves the genetic dispersal and variation in previously isolated populations.
An ongoing wildlife corridor project connecting Lake Barrine to Gadgarra National Park.
Planting at Misty Mountain on the Tablelands.
Byron Shire, New South Wales
Intensive clearing of subtropical northern NSW has left a fragmented forest immensely vulnerable to threats of climate change, bushfires, and invasive weed degradation. This region was once the largest area of subtropical lowland rainforest in eastern Australia and now the remnants total less than 1% of the former size, approximately only 1000 hectares made up of small fragments scattered across the region.
Wildlife corridors are connections across the landscape that link up areas of habitat. They support natural processes that occur in a healthy environment, including the movement of species to find resources, such as food and water. Wildlife prefers to use the forest to move across a landscape as crossing empty paddocks and roads can be life-threatening.
This project is assisting with the restoration of a wildlife corridor that connects habitat from the eastern Byron Bay nature reserves up into the western habitat areas of Nightcap National Park. Over 20,000 trees will be planted at this location to connect habitat and allow wildlife to move between fragmented forests.
A happy day on site planting 1500 trees to this wildlife corridor site in Goonengerry, NSW.
Guarding trees to protect them from Wallabies and other tree-eating animals while the trees are still young.
Over 7000 trees planted in 2021 to mark the beginning of this project.