TREAT Newsletter Wet Season January - March 2011

Coming Events

Date LocationNo. of TreesCollaboration
January 22ndStanden's1500BCC/ TREAT
February 5thMassey Ck3000QPWS/TREAT
February 12thEmms'3000Private/TREAT
February 19thMcCaffrey's1500Private/TREAT
February 26thPeterson Ck3000TREAT/QPWS
March 5thArnold-Nott's1500MUJLA/TREAT
March 12thPeterson Ck3000TREAT/YLG/QPWS/TCRU
March 19thCarter's1000Private/TREAT
March 26thOgle's3000JRCMA/TCRU/TREAT
April 2ndRock Rd3000TKMG/TCRU/TREAT
April 9thStocker's1800MUJLA/TREAT
April 16thRaso's1000BCC/TREAT

Inside this issue

Wet Season Community Plantings

Tablelands Nightlife

Nursery News

Rainforest Mammals of Peterson Creek

Shifting Biodiversity with Climate Change

Tablelands National Park Volunteers Win Cassowary Award

Fruit Collection Diary

This newsletter is kindly sponsored by Biotropica Australia Pty Ltd.

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Wet Season Community Plantings

Barb Lanskey

This year TREAT is involved in 12 community plantings, to be held on Saturday mornings between January 22nd and April 16th. A total of 26,300 trees is expected to be planted during this time. This will be a great result for the environment and is possible because of some extra funding given to groups, and some private landowners' dedication to revegetation.

Four of the plantings are receiving funding assistance from the Community Action Grants (CAG) program, three plantings have funding assistance through the Caring For Our Country's Reef Rescue program, three of the plantings are privately funded, one planting is for Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), and one planting is for TREAT's Peterson Creek project, without outside funding. (TREAT receives funding from Terrain NRM, but this is used for maintenance of plantings.) As well, TREAT's successful CAG grant will result in some much needed maintenance work of erosion and weed control, at Donaghy's Corridor.

TREAT has a large membership base (approximately 450 member households) from which to draw volunteer planters, and this is why TREAT is involved in all the plantings. We are a tree planting organisation. Other groups have different agendas and much smaller membership, and therefore rely on TREAT's cooperation at their larger tree planting events. Many of their members are also members of TREAT. These groups appreciate TREAT's assistance and TREAT appreciates the assistance we often receive from the students of the American School for Field Studies at some of our bigger plantings. Sometimes the turnout at a planting can be disappointing, and then it's a great sight to see help arriving in the form of 25-30 students from the School, all full of youthful enthusiasm. They really enjoy their planting experiences, and often quote them as a highlight of their 3 months stay. As well, they learn about revegetation on the Tablelands and the community's participation.

Having a planting every weekend except one, up till Easter, is a heavy schedule for volunteer planters. Many TREAT members look forward to the morning plantings, and turn up to as many as they can, often with friends in tow. Sometimes the children come along. It is a great way to see what other landowners are doing, and giving them a hand in their endeavours is a rewarding experience. TREAT ensures our volunteers' efforts are recognised, by organising a morning tea or barbecue after the planting. At this time, the landowner or group spokesperson will often explain how the planting is usually part of a larger project or idea, and the volunteers always find this interesting and ask questions. It can also be interesting, and sometimes helpful, to learn how the site was prepared for planting, as different landowners and groups have different ideas.

All plantings this year will officially start at 8am. This gives those volunteers living some distance away, time to travel.

Standen's - January 22nd

This planting will be 1500 trees on Richard Standen's family property at Tolga. It will be on the edges of a gully previously dammed by Richard's grandfather, but now filled with silt and gum trees. The area forms part of about 30 acres of mostly sclerophyll forest around Spring Creek, which has been retained by the Standens for nature. Richard is a farmer who cares for the environment, and encourages other farmers, where possible, to do the same.

This is a Barron Catchment Care (BCC) planting and has some Reef Rescue funding, building on a previous project a few years ago, downstream on Spring Creek, where works were undertaken to stop erosion by the placement of large rocks and fill, and the planting of fig trees. This has worked well, and Richard is keen to show the erosion control to anyone interested in taking a short walk there, after the planting.

The planting site is accessed from Northey Road off the Kennedy Highway on the Mareeba side of Tolga. Follow the TREAT signs down Northey Road then Standen Road.

Massey Creek - February 5th

This planting of 3000 trees will continue the work QPWS have been doing at Massey Creek intermittently since 1998. A large area was revegetated in 2007-2009 and this year's planting will be across the road from there. The land was previously used for grazing but has reverted to national park, and revegetation of the cleared areas will increase the width of this section of the Tully Gorge National Park which forms part of the corridor from the coast to the highlands. The 2007-2009 plantings have reportedly made excellent growth and it will be good to see our previous work while we're there.

The site is close to Massey Creek on the Old Palmerston Highway towards Ravenshoe. Follow the TREAT signs at the windfarm on the Kennedy Highway.

Emms' - February 12th

Carolyn and Philip Emms are planting another 3000 trees on their Lake Barrine property. This time the trees will be next to their Donaghy's Corridor nature refuge, to extend that habitat area on the northern side and link to a remnant. The planting is privately funded, as usual with this property. The route down to the planting will go past previous plantings in which TREAT was involved and it will be interesting to see how these are faring.

The property and site is accessed from Pressley Road off the Gillies Highway.

McCaffrey's - February 19th

Mark and Angela McCaffrey's planting of 1500 trees is continuing the work they're doing on their Kenny Road property to create a wildlife corridor from a large remnant of forest to the World Heritage Area along the Herberton Range. This year the planting will be next to their 2008 planting, across the gully from last year's site.

The planting is privately funded. The Vegetation Incentives Program helped fund some previous plantings but the remaining funds now only cover the maintenance of those plantings.

The property and site is accessed from Kenny Road between Tarzali and Millaa Millaa. Look for the TREAT signs.

Peterson Creek (Williams') - February 26th

This planting will be 3000 trees on Fred Williams' property on Peterson Creek. It will extend eastward from the planting done last wet season and link up with the western edge of Fred's remnant. Plantings in previous years link to the eastern edge of the remnant. Funding for fencing the planting site has come from TREAT's Environmental Benefit Fund and site preparation is being done by QPWS.

The site is accessed from the end of Mather Road at Yungaburra. Look for the TREAT signs.

Arnold-Nott's - March 5th

Peter and Catriona Arnold-Nott's planting of 1500 trees will be the start of revegetation and enhancement of some significant habitat areas on their property at Kjellberg Road, Millaa Millaa. The driveway entrance adjoins the Maalan national park and is opposite a large forest remnant on private land. This planting will be on both sides of the driveway, close to the road on one side, but extending and enhancing some remaining remnant on the other side.

Funding assistance from a CAG grant has been obtained by Malanda and Upper Johnstone Landcare Association (MUJLC). As this grant is for a lot of fencing as well as the planting, much of the intended work will also require private funding.

The site is accessed by following the TREAT signs on Kjellberg Road off the Old Palmerston Highway from Millaa Millaa.

Peterson Creek (Freeman's) - March 12th

In August, TREAT member Ian Freeman bought the property which borders Lake Barrine Road and is a link from the eastern end of Peterson Creek to the national park at Lake Eacham. This was terrific news for TREAT, as Ian bought it for the specific purpose of connecting the Peterson Creek wildlife corridor to the national park. This planting of 3000 trees will mark the start of that connection. It will be around a small remnant in an eroding gully and along the northern boundary of a wetland area of the creek.

The planting has funding assistance from a CAG grant obtained by Yungaburra Landcare Group (YLG). YLG have been rehabilitating lower Peterson Creek at Yungaburra for many years, and with friend Larry Crook's help, they applied for the CAG grant for Ian, to get things moving. (TREAT were unable to apply as we'd already submitted the application for Donaghy's corridor.)

The site is accessed from Cutler Road off Lake Barrine Road. Look for the TREAT signs.

Carter's - March 19th

Mike and Robin Carter are planting another 1000 trees on their friend's property at Jaggan. In 2008-2009 TREAT helped revegetate hillslopes between gullies which retained some remnant vegetation. This year the planting will be on the opposite side of the property, at the top end of one side of a gully which forms part of a nature refuge area containing remnant forest where tree-kangaroos are seen. Next year it is hoped to continue the planting further down the gully to eventually form a corridor linking with Ithica Creek. The planting is privately funded.

The site is accessed by following the TREAT signs at Jaggan to Hillcrest Road off Clarke's Track.

Ogle's - March 26th

Chris and Claire Ogle have fenced the creek on their property towards Topaz and have been planting trees there since 2007. This is the first year they have been successful with a grant application, so are now planting 3000 trees along the creek banks. The successful CAG grant is sponsored by the Johnstone River Catchment Management Association (JRCMA). The creek has some remnant vegetation towards its source on the property and there is a large patch of rainforest across the road. Tree-kangaroos have been seen in some hoop pines planted on the property's slope adjoining Topaz Road.

The property is situated towards the end of Glenallyn Road, from Malanda. Follow the TREAT signs.

Rock Road - April 2nd

This planting of 3000 trees on Carolyn and Philip Emms' property at the end of Rock Road, will help to establish a wildlife corridor between the very large block of forest on private lands at Upper Barron, and the Herberton Range national park. Their property is next to the national park and the planting site will widen a narrow band of vegetation connecting an existing area of forest on the property to the park. Funding assistance from a CAG grant has been obtained by the Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group (TKMG).

This proposed wildlife corridor extends across 3 properties and the Wet Tropics Management Authority have identified it in their successful Caring For Our Country application. Their revegetation work for the corridor is to be on the property at the other end.

Rock Road is where McKell Road and Kenny Road join at Upper Barron. Follow the TREAT signs to the end of Rock Road.

Stocker's - April 9th

Geoff and Jacquie Stocker's project on their property at Malanda is to rehabilitate a small wetland at the source of an eastern arm of Williams Creek, and to enhance the vegetation along the creek. This will involve repair of an old creek crossing below the wetland, fencing the creek and planting 2000 trees around the wetland and at various points along the creek.

Malanda and Upper Johnstone Landcare Association (MUJLC) have obtained a Reef Rescue grant to assist with funding.

The planting site is accessed by following the TREAT signs on Hillcrest Road at Malanda.

Raso's - April 16th

On 20th November last year, TREAT helped plant 1500 trees on Mario and Ruth Raso's property at Tolga. It was an interesting planting site with significant engineering works to combat erosion. The trees planted then were on the upper slopes of the banks. Now at the end of the wet season, this planting of 1000 trees will address the lower slopes.

Barron Catchment Care (BCC) obtained Reef Rescue funding for the project and this planting is part of that project. It will be interesting to see how the recently planted trees have fared, and the success of the engineering works.

The site is accessed by following the TREAT signs on Willows Road off the Kennedy Highway at Tolga.


Tablelands Nightlife

Mark McCaffrey

Back in October last year I was asked by CVA (Conservation Volunteers Australia) if I would be interested in assisting an American student (Steven Zachar) to perform a spotlight study of marsupials using revegetation and mature 'original' sites. I was only too happy to help and anyway they wanted to pay me to do it. I underwent CVA induction and training and was anointed Casual Team Leader and given a troopie for a month. Let the fun begin!

green ringtail possum

Background

In 2008 Dr John Kanowski wrote a research proposal for CVA to assess the effects of its revegetation projects, with funding from the Shell Oil 'Building Resilient Environments' campaign. A pilot study was conducted from April to July 2010 by Dr John (Jack) Grant in three sites, demonstrating that reforested sites were being used by Coppery Brushtail possums, Herbert River Ringtail possums and Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos. The project now awaited to be taken to the next stage.

striped possum

Who

Steve is an undergraduate student at Loyola University, Chicago, studying biology with emphasis in ecology. His Australian visit was under the School for International Training (SIT) Abroad programme for Sustainability and Environmental Action, and his Academic Director was Dr Jack Grant. Dr John Winter and Dr Jack Grant were the project advisors, Tony Cummings, SIT Cairns, was the academic advisor, and Dr Carla Catterall provided input on collecting and analysing data. Dave Hudson and Alice Crabtree from CVA organised the logistics and arranged accommodation. The Wet Tropics Management Authority's GIS technical officers provided mapping expertise.

Where

In all, 10 sites were selected by CVA to be surveyed; 5 revegetated sites and 5 original, as reference sites for comparison. Four of the five replanted sites were 10-16 years old, with Hudson's Cloudland Nature Refuge being 3-4 years old.

The sites were paired as follows:

herbert river ringtail

How

Steve and I surveyed a 300m length at each site on 5 occasions (50 visits in all) and recorded sightings within 5m of the 'edge'. Sightings outside the survey areas were recorded as 'opportunistic sightings'. All visits were performed between 7:45pm - 11:00pm, and two spotlights and binoculars were used. Information recorded for each sighting record included animal species, age and sex (if possible), distance along transect, distance from edge, GPS coordinates, tree species, tree height, tree diameter (DBH) and noteworthy animal behaviour. Weather conditions were also recorded using a Pocket Weather Tracker. As this was Steve's first visit to FNQ a crash course in possum and tree-roo ID was undertaken with some trial runs and my urging that he study the 'Mammals of Australia' I lent to him.

Dr John Winter instructed Steve on GPS use and accompanied us on one night to check that our spotlighting method and data collection were sound.

Tree species identification was totally my call and luckily most were fairly common. However, for some I had to take sample leaves or fruit and ID later, thanks to wife Angela - "Hey, what's this one?" becoming a common question after a night's spotlighting. The Rainforest Key proved useful also; if I couldn't get leaves off some trees I returned during the day for a closer look, as trees to me can look very different at night, especially in the mist and rain.

We squeezed in 17 nights of spotlighting from 2-22 November which included 2 rest days and 2 abandoned due to heavy rain. Steve became quickly acquainted with our shellback ticks and leeches. We tried to keep count (but lost track) of the leeches, and Steve just won the tick count 13 to 12.

Steve was quite soon finding and identifying animals on his own (and even some tree species), and we had several excellent sightings of Greens, Herbies, Lemuroids, Copperys, tree-roos, Striped possum, pademelon, bandicoots, White-tailed rat, flying foxes, Leaf-tailed gecko, also chickens and a cat. As many sightings didn't occur within the set 300m x 5m single pass, they were recorded in side notes as 'opportunistic sightings'.

lemuroid ringtail possum

Results

Steve wrote up the results in a paper with graphs and photos, with the field data sheets and GIS maps on CD-ROM. He presented his paper to his peers and fellow SIT sustainability students in Byron Bay in December and was well marked by Dr Jack Grant.

A summary of the data analysis (within 300m x 5m transects):

A summary of opportunistic sightings:

Low point

We observed a young male tree-roo on 19th November, 11pm, 4th visit to Seamark Road replanted site, on ground and unable to climb tree or move away and breathing heavily. We at first assumed it had fallen, but after some consideration I wrapped him in a raincoat and carried him to the road 600m away and 100m up the steep, wet and muddy hill. We phoned Dr Karen Coombes and took it to her, with Steve holding him in the car. Karen said he was about 3yrs old, and had punctured lungs and evidence of dog attack. He passed away 15 minutes later, another statistic.

High points

Firstly, over 160 animal sightings in 3 weeks confirming that endemic arboreal marsupials are utilising revegetation sites. Secondly, giving the opportunity to an overseas student to observe, document and appreciate something many people take for granted.

There are several points for discussion and further conclusions in Steve's paper.

His study only touches the surface and highlights the fact that more extensive, more detailed and lengthier research needs to be undertaken.

Some of the information above was extracted from Arboreal Marsupials in the Spotlight: Uses of Reforested Areas on the Southern Atherton Tableland in North Queensland, Australia by Steven Zachar, Loyola University, Chicago.

For more information re Steve's paper, contact CVA at their Cairns office, phone 4032 0844.


Nursery News

Nick Stevens

It has been a busy three months at the nursery this last quarter; seed collections are in full swing and the nursery stock is generally growing well. High rainfall has affected some species either in seasonal availability or performance as tube stock, however this has not left us short for the planting season.

A special thankyou to Ranger Peter Snodgrass, Alan Gillanders and other volunteers for holding another successful Tree Identification and Propagation workshop in November. This has been a popular annual event for many years and will continue to be run each November.

Site preparations for Massey Creek and Peterson Creek were started last October and November with everything well in hand for February planting dates, with around 1 hectare prepared at each site.

There are some upcoming staff changes over January. Firstly, a big thankyou to Scotty Davidson who has been with us since May. Scott is off to Mackay and we wish him all the best for the future. Darren Caulfield is to return in early January from secondment to QPWS park management unit based at Tinaroo. Finally, Teesha will be taking leave at the end of January and she and her partner are expecting to have a new addition to the family soon after - we wish them all the best.


Rainforest Mammals of Peterson Creek

Simon Burchill

Over the years, as I have planted and maintained trees on my parents' property, I have seen a variety of wildlife including frogs, snakes, birds, platypus, echidnas, possums and Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos. I will concentrate in this article on the mammal species that are somewhat dependent on rainforest, which is the aim of the corridor. I will include echidnas because their presence is possibly random but interesting. While the agile wallaby is very common, it is not dependent on rainforest, and it has become so common I don't actually keep notes on when I have seen it. Also worth noting is that these sightings are generally during the day, although often early morning or late afternoon/ early evening, partly because I have not yet acquired equipment to go spotlighting.

Burchill's TREAT Plantings

Figure 1- TREAT Plantings on the Burchill Property

I consider that the closest source population for the species that were not previously present, such as Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos and green ringtail possums, is Williams' remnant which is 600m downstream to the west.

While I have seen wildlife in a number of different areas over the property, I will concentrate here on the three main plantings done by TREAT over the years.

These plantings are: (See Figure 1)

The two main channel plantings form part of the Peterson Creek Wildlife Corridor, while the 1994 road edge planting was done as a windbreak. The latter planting extends to a smaller branch of Peterson Creek, a location where I regularly see platypus.

In the table below I have shown the location of the sightings broken-down into the different years of planting, while the 'other' column refers to any other location or where no location was recorded.

Year seenSpecies Location (year of planting)Total number of sightings
  1994 1998 2004 Other  
1999platypus 23 16
2000platypus  4138
2001platypus 15102532
2001echidna    11
2002platypus 16111230
2003platypus385 16
2004platypus 3212320
2004echidna   11
2005platypus1543 22
2005echidna   22
2006platypus541 10
2007no data      
2008platypus 3 328
2008echidna  1  1
2008Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo 3   3
2008green ringtail possum   1 1
2009platypus 1283326
2009Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo 234  36
2009green ringtail possum 14117
2010platypus 201  21
2010Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo  32 5
2010green ringtail possum 186  24
2010spectacled flying fox 3   3

The most interesting information in this table is the age of the trees when I first saw different species of wildlife. Platypus have always been present in the stream, even if sometimes elusive. My first echidna sighting in revegetation was in the TREAT 1998 planting when it was 10 years old. While I first saw a Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo in 2008 in the TREAT 1994 planting when it was 14 years old, the following year the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroos were most often seen in the TREAT 1998 planting at only 11 years old. I have a few records of possum sightings not listed in these data where I was not certain of my identification, so my first green ringtail possum sighting that I am confident of was in the TREAT 2004 planting when it was only 4 years old. In contrast the spectacled flying foxes have only started feeding on the TREAT 1994 planting in small numbers this year, now that the planting is 16 years old.

While some of the animals are dependent on being in the right place, for example the platypus, seeing animals such as echidnas is much more random. My first sighting of an echidna was in late 2001, soon after a student Melanie Schroder had been monitoring small mammals on the property and had a lot of her traps tripped by an unknown animal. Soon afterwards an echidna was seen eating the ants on our front veranda and it is likely that an echidna had been eating the ants off the baits in the traps and tripping them without being caught.

My Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo sightings from 2009 were covered in a more detailed article in the TREAT newsletter for January 2010. Last year the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo I saw, I suspect, is the same adult female I saw the previous year. Seasonal differences in fruiting, in particular the much reduced fruiting of the blue quandong (Elaeocarpus grandis) last year, seem to have resulted in the Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo using a different part of its home range, wherever that might be.

The number of green ringtail possums I saw last year may largely be a female with a juvenile that is now starting to be independent, and a mostly solitary animal that I suspect is a male. I could usually find all three on a regular basis, usually several times a month at least.

Over the last few months I have seen what appear to be two coppery brushtail possums nesting in a fork high in a remnant northern laurel (Cryptocarya hypospodia) in the TREAT 2004 planting. However it has been very difficult to get a good look at these animals because the tree is largely covered in cockspur thorn (Maclura cochinchinensis). There are only two locations where you can see anything of these animals and even with binoculars it has been difficult to see them.

In the last few months I have also seen small numbers of spectacled flying foxes, which appear to be feeding in the melaleucas in the early evening, although they tend to take flight when I approach, making it difficult to count them.

Conclusions

While incidental wildlife sightings are, by nature, somewhat random in terms of the wildlife you see, and other factors such as rainfall and temperature can also have an impact, these data seem to indicate an increase in the number and diversity of species I am seeing.

Overall, these sightings show that some of the bigger rainforest mammals are starting to use the corridor, and that work on the Peterson Creek Wildlife Corridor has been successful in planting habitat suitable for these species and providing connectivity for them to move along Peterson Creek.


Shifting Biodiversity with Climate Change Requires More Habitat Corridors

Rohan Wilson

Climate change in the coming century is likely to touch every corner of the globe, and certainly the Wet Tropics rainforests are no exception. In fact, recent studies by scientists at James Cook University and the CSIRO have shown that the unique biodiversity of our rainforests are likely to suffer significant declines if temperatures and dry spells increase. As climatic conditions change, many species will need to move about the landscape in order to stay within their preferred climate, or so the theory goes. This of course gives increased importance to corridor restoration and finding ways of helping species move from rainforest patch to rainforest patch. Currently there are a great many practical and strategic considerations when deciding where and how to restore rainforest, but the potential future distribution of species is difficult to incorporate into our planning. In a small step towards this, students at the Center for Rainforest Studies (CRS) have recently been trying to predict the distribution of rainforest biodiversity under various possible altered climates, and using this as a tool to help prioritize possible restoration corridors.

Two conclusions came out strongly from the computer simulations the students made: first, that the Atherton Tablelands are likely to be extremely important refuges for rainforest fauna in a warmer world, so that restoration efforts across the Atherton Tablelands should be strongly supported. Second, that within the Atherton Tablelands, restoration corridors that link mid to high elevation rainforest should be given further encouragement.

Several corridors in the Atherton Tablelands were studied, including the highly successful corridors linking the crater lakes to each other and to larger rainforest patches. Student models predicted that as temperatures increase, corridors that connect to highland areas around the Ravenshoe region may become particularly important. Above all else though, the predicted movement of species across the Atherton Tablelands to existing cooler refuge sites indicates that far more resources need to be put into restoring rainforest corridors.

Biodiversity map a; Biodiversity map b; Biodiversity map c

current biodiversitybiodiversity at plus 1 degreebiodiversity at plus 2.5 degrees

'Maps' of biodiversity in the Atherton Tablelands, in this case using some data on insect distributions, made by CRS student Kevin Stanski. Corridors considered in the study are shown as black lines. 'Hotter' colours show areas of higher predicted biodiversity. The maps show diversity as it is currently predicted to be (map 'a'), with 1 degree celcius increase (map 'b'), and with 2.5 degree celcius increase (map 'c').


Tablelands National Park Volunteers

win the 2010 Cassowary Award for Community Conservation

Jodie Eden

Volunteers at Cassowary Awards

Volunteers at Cassowary Awards

Congratulations to the Tablelands National Park Volunteers Association Inc. (TNPV) for winning last year's Cassowary Award for Community Conservation. Each year the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA), through the Cassowary Awards, recognises individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the conservation and presentation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. You can read more about award recipients at www.wettropics.gov.au/wwc/wwc_casawards10.html

In presenting the award, WTMA recognised that TNPV has been actively promoting and protecting the natural values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area since 1992. Eleven volunteers attended the award ceremony in Port Douglas with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service's (QPWS) Community Education Ranger Jodie Eden. Among these were the group's three honorary members, Barb Walsh, Therese Taurins and Joan Boissevain. Accepting the award, president Mark McCaffrey acknowledged past executive members, including well-known TREAT members Jim Bourner and Col Walsh.

The group's mission statement is 'Enthusiastic people learning, teaching, caring and interacting with the environment'. Members contribute to a wide range of activities including public education, park maintenance and research assistance. Over the years the group has developed interpretive materials such as bird and mammal lists for Crater Lakes National Parks and resources for their very popular children's activities.

Like TREAT, TNPV is made up of registered volunteers who work alongside QPWS staff. The group has a stable membership of about 30 registered volunteers. About half of these contribute the bulk of the volunteer hours, but there are also 'itinerant' volunteers who sign up for specific projects. Over the years the group has collectively contributed up to 2000 hours per year. In 2006 many extra hours were clocked up during the tremendous clean up in national parks that followed Cyclone Larry.

Spotlighting

Spotlighting

TNPV achievements for 2010:

Weeding and clean up in national parks

Nature Kids

Nature Kids

Guided walks and talks

Environmental education

Research assistance

While I have only been the volunteer coordinator since 2007, I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the group over the past 18 years! It is a great privilege and great fun for me to work alongside this wonderful group of people. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact me at the QPWS office, ground floor, 83 Main St. Atherton, phone 4091 8102 or email jodie.eden@derm.qld.gov.au


Fruit Collection Diary October-December 2010

SpeciesCommon NameCollection Location/
Regional Ecosystem
Acronychia vestitaFuzzy Lemon Aspen7.8.4
Alstonia scholarisMilky Pine7.8.3
Anthocarapa nitidulaIncensewood7.8.3
Argyrodendron peralatumRed Tulip Oak7.8.3
Athertonia diversifoliaAtherton Oak7.8.2
Cardwellia sublimisNorthern Sily Oak7.8.2, 7.8.3, 7.8.4
Castanospora alphandiiBrown Tamarind7.8.2, 7.8.3, 7.8.4
Croton insularisSilver Croton7.8.3
Cryptocarya hypospodiaNorthern Laurel7.8.3
Cryptocarya melanocarpalaurel7.8.4
Cryptocarya triplinervisBrown Laurel7.8.3
Cupaniopsis cooperorumCooper's Puzzle7.8.4
Cycas mediaCycadKuranda Range
Daphnandra repandulaSassafras7.8.2, 7.8.4
Darlingia ferrugineaRose Silky Oak7.8.4
Delarbrea michieanaBlue Nun7.8.4
Dinosperma erythrococcumTingletongue7.8.3
Diploglottis bracteataBoonjee Tamarind7.8.2
Diploglottis diphyllostegiaNorthern Tamarind7.8.3
Dysoxylum mollissimumMiva Mahogany7.8.3
Dysoxylum rufumRusty Mahogany7.8.3, 7.8.4
Emmanosperma alphitonioidesBonewood7.8.2
Endiandra dielsianaCandle Walnut7.8.2
Endiandra insignisHairy Walnut7.8.3
Endiandra palmerstoniiQueensland Walnut7.8.2
Euroschinus falcataPink Poplar7.8.3
Ficus crassipesRound Leaf Banana Fig7.8.4
Ficus hispidaHairy Fig7.8.3
Ficus obliquaSmall Leaf Fig7.8.4
Ficus platypodaRock Fig7.8.3
Ficus superbaSuperb fig7.8.2, 7.8.3, 7.8.4
Ficus virensGreen Fig7.8.3
Ficus virgataFig Wood7.3.10
Ficus watkinsianaWatkin's Fig7.8.3, 7.8.4
Flindersia brayleyanaQueensland Maple7.8.2, 7.8.3, 7.8.4
Flindersia pimemtelianaMaple Silkwood7.8.4
Gmelina fasciculifloraWhite Beech7.8.2, 7.8.3, 7.8.4
Guioa lasioneuraSilky Tamarind7.8.2, 7.8.4
Helicia lamingtonianaLamington's Silky Oak7.8.4
Hicksbeachia pilosaRed Bauple Nut7.8.2
Homalanthus novo-guineensisNative Bleeding Heart7.3.10, 7.8.2
Litsea fawcettianaBollywoodDanbulla
Lomatia fraxinifoliaLomatia's Silky Oak7.8.4
Macaranga tanariusMacaranga7.3.10
Mallotus philippensisRed Kamala7.8.3
Melaleuca leucadendraBroad-leaved Tea Tree7.11.5
Melicope rubraLittle Evodia7.8.3
Mischocarpus pyriiformisPear Fruited Tamarind7.8.4
Pararchidendron pruinosumTulip Siris7.8.3
Pittosporum ferrugineumRusty Pittosporum7.8.3
Prunus turnerianaAlmond Bark7.8.2
Rhodomyrtus macrocarpaFinger Cherry7.8.3
Rhysotoechia robertsoniiRoberts Tuckeroo7.8.3
Sarcopteryx martyanatamarind7.8.2
Stenocarpus sinuatusWheel of Fire Tree7.8.3
Symplocos cochinchinensis var gittonsiiWhite Hazelwood7.8.4
Syzygium erythrocalyxJohnstone River Satinash7.8.2
Syzygium papyraceumPaperbark satinash7.8.4
Syzygium wilsonii sbsp. wilsoniiPowderpuff Lillipilli7.8.2
Terminalia sericocarpaDamson7.3.10, 7.8.3
Toechima erythrocarpumPink Tamarind7.8.2

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