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Walter Hill Ranges Corridor Massey Creek Section

The Massey Creek planting is an integral component of a larger Walter Hill Ranges Corridor Project initiated by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Centre for Tropical Restoration. The project aims to strengthen vegetation linkages along the Walter Hill Ranges, a crucial link between the upland forests of the Tablelands and the rain forest on the coastal lowlands. With predictions of climate change and global warming, maintaining forest links across altitudes is increasingly important. Many thousands of trees will be planted in the area over the next three years.

The Aims..

To enhance mobility for the endangered southern cassowary and other fauna

To demonstrate how trees can contribute to improvements in adjacent dairy production through improved access to good quality drinking water and shade

To improve the Massey Creek riparian and aquatic environment by reducing erosion and sedimentation and by shading out invasive water weeds

To provide an example of government, community and landholders working together to achieve benefits for biodiversity conservation and ecologically sustainable agriculture.

Massey Ck Planting 2001

TREAT members planting trees at Massey Creek January 2001

Wildlife Conservation..

The Wet Tropics is home to a vast array of wildlife dependent on the conservation of their habitat. This project aims to increase forest connections at the landscape scale for many species including the Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsoni) (endangered), the Atherton antechinus (Antechinus godmani) (rare) Musky rat kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), Lemuroid ringtail possum (Hemibelideus lemuroides)(rare).

Frogs targeted include Torrent Tree frog (Litoria nannotus)(endangered), Ornate nursery frog (Cophixalus ornatus) (rare).

Who is Involved..

The project is a joint initiative between the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Centre for Tropical Restoration, community tree planting group TREAT (Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands), landholders, BSES (Bureau of Sugar Experimental Stations) and C4 (Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation).

Massey Creek

Massey Creek

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