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 per cent 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 forest. Animals use these wildlife corridors as crossing bare paddocks or through urban areas is highly risky. Connectivity provides access to new and varied habitat and improves the genetic dispersal and variation in previously isolated populations.
Planting at Misty Mountain on the Tablelands.