Mazlin Creek Rehabilitation Project

The Mazlin Creek project will involve three planting sessions to revegetate 1 ha (or around 3000 trees) of creek bank in locations once home to the endangered "Type 5b" or Mabi forest.

What's it all about..

Mazlin Creek is a new and challenging rehabilitation project for TREAT and the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Centre for Tropical Restoration. Rising in the Herberton Ranges foothills behind Atherton, Mazlin Creek flows into Tinaroo Dam.

Prior to the large scale land clearing of the early 1900's much of the rich basalt areas between Malanda, Atherton and Yungaburra contained large areas of the now endangered vine forest type known as "Complex Notophyll Vine Forest on Basalt, Type 5b". Only small reserves of this forest type remain at Tolga Scrub near Atherton along with some fragments in State Forests near Wongabel and the Curtain Fig near Yungaburra.

The now mostly cleared, and weed infested Mazlin Creek presents an opportunity to revegetate areas with the former forest type, now endangered. Remnants are extremely important and remnant enhancement also forms an integral part of the project.

Through habitat manipulation trials we are able to work together with local agricultural producers to demonstrate long term environmentally sound solutions to pest rodent damage.

Many thousands of trees will be planted in the area over the next three years.

The Aims...

Mazlin Creek

"Rats in Macs"?! What's that all about?

Rodent harborage along degraded weedy streambanks provides habitat for rats known to cause significant crop losses in macadamia orchards. Some revegetated areas in this project will be studied by researchers from the Queensland University of Technology to determine the effects of habitat manipulation through tree planting on crop losses in macadamias. This work follows the success in recent years with habitat manipulation to manage pest rodents in sugar cane.

For more information about cane rats in sugar cane see Trees foil sweet-tooth rats.. from Nigel Tucker