TREAT Newsletter Storm Season October - December 2011

A New President

Barb Lanskey

Welcome to our new president, Angela McCaffrey. At the 29th Annual General Meeting Angela stepped up to be president when I retired from the position after 10 years.

Angela is well known to TREAT tree planters from her revegetation efforts at Ringtail Crossing Nature Refuge on Kenny Road, where she and husband Mark are creating a wildlife corridor to link a large remnant forest area with the Herberton Range National Park (see TREAT newsletter July-Sept 2010). Angela loves her trees and she has written various articles for recent TREAT newsletters (see TREAT newsletters Oct-Dec 2009, Apr-June 2011, July-Sept 2011). She is the artist behind our Tree Planting sandwich boards which we now put out at plantings to show new planters how to plant trees well. Angela and Mark also run the spotlighting tours at Mt Hypipamee for the Tablelands National Parks Volunteers, and many of us have enjoyed that experience.

Angela at the Lake Eacham Nursery

Angela at the Lake Eacham Nursery

Friday mornings at the Lake Eacham nursery generally now have Angela giving us the latest information for TREAT members and she will be the welcoming face at coming tree plantings, making sure everyone knows where to go. Angela has been on the TREAT management committee for two years and she will be able to rely on their support in her new role. We thank her for taking on the position.

The AGM was held at the Yungaburra Community Hall on 2nd September and over 40 people attended. Nick Stevens, as Nursery Manager, showed us slides of the various projects for which we grow trees, and listed the nursery production and distribution figures. As Treasurer, Carmel Panther displayed the financial situation, which is currently quite healthy, and the income and expenditure breakdowns were easy to understand with her coloured pie charts. Because Carmel keeps the books so well, this year the auditor gave us a generous discount. As President, I read a report of what's been happening with TREAT for the year. I noted at the end of my report that I really enjoyed my 10 years as president, acquiring heaps of knowledge and making many friends.

The Management Committe for the next year was then elected. The committee is now: President - Angela McCaffrey, Vice-president - Ken Schaffer, General Secretary - Doug Burchill, Treasurer - Carmel Panther, Grants Secretary - Frans Arentz, Committee members with various jobs - Barbara Lanskey, Noel Grundon, Simon Burchill, Dave Skelton, Shirley Prout, Beth Smyth, Bronwyn Robertson.

When Angela took the chair as our new president, she read out a list of my previous TREAT activities and made some flattering remarks about me. She then presented me with a lovely flowering Dendrobium orchid for my past efforts - all of which was much appreciated.

There was no business in the General Meeting which always follows the AGM, so we moved on to our guest speaker, who was Alan Gillanders.

Alan had some technical difficulties with his own slide show to accompany his talk, so he prevailed upon Martin Willis to provide one of his slide shows as background for the talk. Alan told us three stories and acted out various parts in the stories which made them all the more interesting. Being a bird enthusiast, Alan's last two stories were about bird watching and how some 'birding' tourists are more interested in ticking off the statistics sheet than observing bird behaviour. Martin's slides had some magnificent photos of birds.

Supper followed Alan's talk and there was much socialising while consuming the delicious food on offer. The doors closed on the evening about 10 pm.


Inside this issue

Repairing the Rainforest

Trees we Love to Plant (Part 2)

From There to Here and Yasi Update

Nursery News

Field Day at Peter and Karen Stanton's

Dates to Remember

Gift Tree Cards

Fruit Collection Diary

This newsletter is kindly sponsored by Biotropica Australia Pty Ltd.

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'Repairing the Rainforest'

Questions for TREAT Members

Nigel Tucker

Members may be interested to know that the Wet Tropics Management Authority (WTMA) is funding an updated edition of Repairing the Rainforest. This booklet was originally printed in 1995, and because our knowledge of rainforest restoration has expanded considerably since that time, the Authority has decided to produce a new edition. Nigel Tucker from Biotropica Australia and Dr. Steve Goosem, Principal Scientist at WTMA, have commenced writing the new edition which will be completed in mid-2012. For this edition, the authors are interested in gathering anecdotal information and/or written records of plant performance from TREAT members for inclusion in the text.

In 2012, TREAT celebrates 30 years of vibrant existence which means that there are now trees within plantings of the same age. The performance of these plantings can provide us with some good insights into how particular species have fared in a range of locations, and allow us to harness the knowledge and experience developed by members over the past three decades. Sharing this information will add tremendously to the value of the text, and help other members, both present and future. Members have visited the Lake Eacham Nursery from all over north Queensland to collect trees for planting on their own properties, and it is how these plants have performed which is of particular interest.

The following information would be especially valuable:

This information can be used in many ways - to improve species lists for certain sites, to modify approaches to particular areas, and perhaps even to answer some of those riddles we've tried to answer ourselves over the last 30 years.

The authors would be most grateful if this information could be emailed to: nigeltucker@biotropica.com.au or alternatively leave the information at the Lake Eacham Nursery where it can be collected for collation. For further information contact Nigel Tucker at the above address.


Trees We Love to Plant (Part 2)

Angela McCaffrey

This is a look at the second of six families which are important in revegetation of rainforests on the Atherton Tablelands.

PROTEACEAE - Silky Oaks

This ancient family began whilst Australia was still part of Gondwana. It played an important role in Australia`s vegetation history as the rainforests adapted to a drying climate as Australia moved closer to the equator. Proteaceae members evolved into the Grevilleas and Banksias, so widespread in the dry country. My focus is however drawn to the members which remain in our local rainforest.

Silky Oaks are generally large trees 20 to 40 metres high producing masses of primitive flowers rich in nectar attracting insects, birds and bats. The leaves on young trees are often large and deeply lobed or compound becoming smaller and simpler as the tree ages. There are more than fifty species in the Wet Tropics: here I look at seven which revegetation nurseries grow, and one other.

Athertonia diversifolia - Atherton Oak

This beautiful endemic tree starts out with large deeply lobed leaves which are very shiny on the upper surface and covered with rusty hairs on new growth. They are held stiffly upright to form a dense crown. When leaves die they turn orange then black, which is highly noticeable on the forest floor. Older trees produce smaller and simpler leaves hence the species name meaning different leaves. It also produces pendulous sprays of cream flowers followed by quite large disc shaped fruit with a point on the bottom. They start out bright green, turn blue then get a purple sheen. Inside, a woody pitted endocarp holds an edible nut loved by white tailed rats and also tasty for humans. Those not eaten germinate quite easily if removed from the endocarp and produce robust seedlings.

Leaves of Atherton Oak

Leaves of Atherton Oak

Buckinghamia celsissima - Ivory Curl Tree

Commonly used in parks, gardens and as street trees. Most people are familiar with this member of the family. Its leaves are slender, lobed and glossy. New growth is tinged with red but its main attraction is its masses of cream flowers completely covering the whole tree making it heaven for birds and insects. Whilst it is cultivated all down eastern Australia, its real home is here in Mabi and Hypsi rainforests. It is easily germinated from the small winged seeds and is tough in the usual planting environment.

Cardwellia sublimis - Bull Oak or Northern Silky Oak

Widespread across the Tablelands this large tree looks sublime but its name really means tall or lofty. Its seedpods are huge woody structures held high on the branches, clearly visible making identification easy. Each capsule holds up to a dozen large winged seeds with fragile powdery spacers in between. As the seed germinates the first leaves fold out to look just like a green butterfly on the forest floor as depicted on TREAT's white T-shirt. Germination is reliable but the seedlings are sensitive to transplant shock when potted up or planted in the ground.

Darlingia darlingiana - Brown Silky Oak

Much used in rainforest revegetation, it grows across many forest types including Mabi and Hypsi. It is an attractive tree with bright green leathery leaves which are lobed with long pointed fingers. The flowers are white and cream in typical style for this family and produced en masse creating a beautiful display. The seeds are wind dispersed from a woody green/brown capsule and again germinate reliably.

Flowers of Brown Silky Oak

Flowers of Brown Silky Oak

Helicia lamingtoniana - Lamington's Silky Oak

This tree has a fairly localized distribution being found only on basalt derived soils in the wetter parts of the southern Wet Tropics. However, within its distribution area it is locally common. It forms a smallish bushy tree with rusty hairs on the underside of its stiff leaves, new growth and flowers. The new growth also has a purple tinge making it really stand out. The small fruit are dark purple/blue held in bunches attracting many birds, including Golden Bowerbirds. Like most of the Proteaceae seeds they strike easily and the seedlings are very hardy.

Opisthiolepis heterophylla - Blush Silky Oak

This stunningly beautiful tree has a really difficult name to pronounce or spell but it is well worth getting to know because of its beautiful leaves which are dark glossy green on the upper side and bright coppery gold underneath. Because of the way it holds its canopy, one rarely sees the top side of the leaf which means it looks completely gold from below. To add to this effect, new growth has silver on the underside. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to produce many flowers or fruit so propagating material is less easy to locate. The fruits are greenish brown capsules with winged seeds.

Stenocarpus sinuatus - Wheel of Fire Tree

Familiar to many, this tree grows right down the east coast into NSW in suitable forests. It has very dark shiny lobed leaves. New growth is tinged with red making it a very striking large tree even when it's not in flower. Once flowering, it is covered in circles of bright red flowers giving it its common name. The fruit are small woody capsules producing large quantities of winged seeds. It is easy to grow and performs extremely well, making it very popular in plantings.

Gevuina bleasdalei - Blush Silky Oak

This tree is not used much in rainforest plantings or grown much in the nurseries but I have included it because it is my personal favorite of all rainforest trees so I couldn`t do an article on Proteaceae without it. It's only small, often multi-trunked and grows in areas of poor soil. It needs very wet conditions and although it germinates easily, it is slow and difficult to keep alive. If you can get it to grow it is the most stunning tree with pink new growth which turns through purple and orange before turning green. The new growth is also covered in silky hairs which look sometimes gold and sometimes silver depending on the light. The fruit are small and roundish with a dark purple/black leathery skin and are eaten by rats so are hard to come by. When it comes to growing rainforest trees this one sets the highest challenge.

Once again, I suggest you check out your local species in the Proteaceae family and enjoy these spectacular trees. Information for this article was sourced from Fruits of the Australian Tropical Rainforest by Wendy and William Cooper and Australian Rainforest Plants vols I-VI by Nan and Hugh Nicholson.


From There to Here

Daryl Dickson

Some people seem to plan their lives in such detail but there has never been a long-term plan in mine. Life has just meandered along with one thing leading to another. It hasn't all been perfect and there have been disasters but it has certainly never been dull.

...amazing - how all these plan-less years brought us, by chance, to the wet tropics.

Hot Air - Worlds 2004 photo D Dickson

I am an artist and with my wonderful, ever-stoic and resourceful husband, Geoff Moffatt, we live in the Kennedy Valley just north of 'Cardwell by the Sea'. We had been living quite a settled life in South Australia until things took an unexpected turn in 1988. When people ask "what brought you to the tropics?" we answer "a hot air balloon!" It's a bit misleading but it's true. The story began when, after spending many years travelling overseas, I returned to Adelaide and by chance became involved with some lovely chaps who were starting to fly hot air balloons in the Barossa Valley. I joined them as one of their volunteer crew and it proved to be a magical way to spend my weekends. In those early years the balloons were small sports balloons, usually carrying no more than 3 passengers, and I helped to launch and retrieve them. When the commercial ballooning industry started to 'take off' my wonderful pilot friends decided that they would teach me to fly, and they did! They were great years full of laughter, camaraderie and champagne. It was this association with ballooning that led me north in 1988 to catch up with a touring promotion of the Kodak hot air balloon that was travelling to far north Queensland as part of the bicentennial celebrations.

.....and so I discovered the wet tropics

The colour, the light, the forests, the islands ... wildlife, rivers, waterfalls

Poor Geoff must have thought I had lost my mind when I came home to Adelaide chattering endlessly about this staggeringly beautiful place and asking him if "he might consider moving north". A year later we ventured north together for a holiday and fortunately, he saw and felt the magic of the tropics too. It took us a couple of years to make plans, but finally in 1993 we burnt our bridges - walked away from our careers, sold our home, bundled our old dog Paddy into the car and headed north.

... ... our wonderful lives in the tropics began

It is hard to believe that it is nearly two decades since we arrived and purchased our 10 acres of coastal woodland on the banks of Meunga Creek. We built our home and new lives on what we now call, Mungarru Lodge Sanctuary. (Mungarru is a local aboriginal word for flying possum.)

Warrami October 2010 Mahogany Glider Male - photo D Dickson

Warrami October 2010 Mahogany Glider Male

Soon after our arrival we joined a small community group called The Wet Tropics Volunteers and this gave us an opportunity to learn about our new home and its wild inhabitants. It was here that we had our first encounter with one of Australia's least known and most threatened mammals, the recently (1989) rediscovered Mahogany Glider, Petaurus gracilis. This group was the key to our understanding of just how precious our patch of remnant woodland was to the Mahogany Glider and many other species. It is sad that The Wet Tropics Volunteers and many other volunteer organisations no longer exist on this part of the coast, as it was such a wonderful way to learn about the local area and wildlife.

During the early years we spent time establishing our two small businesses; Geoff's in telecommunications and mine in art and these now fund our lifestyles and our wildlife works.

Over the years more than 137 species of birds have been recorded here, including the endangered Southern Cassowary, and we are proud to recognise that this little remnant is home to endangered Mahogany Gliders and at least 19 other species of mammal. It is amazing to see just how important these small fragments are to so many creatures.

The Sanctuary is now a registered wildlife rehabilitation facility that specialises in the recovery of injured and orphaned Mahogany Gliders. We have worked extensively with glider recovery from barbed wire injury since 2000 and work with many agencies and organisations to help raise awareness about loss of habitat, and injuries caused by barbed wire. We care for many different animals, not only gliders, and feel privileged to have such close contact with so many beautiful wild creatures. As an artist I have the added benefit of having living references to inform my artwork and I never tire of sitting and watching their interesting antics.

The company of like-minded people and organisations has also been tremendously supportive over time and we have been members of WPSQ (Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld), TKMG (Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group) and Birds Australia for many years now. It is great to share our activities with these people who work so constructively for the environment and wildlife. Mungarru Lodge Sanctuary is also a member of the worldwide network of Humane Society International, Wildlife Land Trust Sanctuaries. Geoff and I spend much of our time working on community engagement, education and sharing information and our passion for the environment, the forests and these magnificent creatures that have so enriched our lives.

We really have been so very fortunate; met so many inspiring people; learnt so much and had the absolute privilege of caring for some of Australia's most rare and threatened species. All sorts of precious and fascinating animals and birds arrive here, but it is the Mahogany Glider that has become the real focal point of much of our work and our lives.

We have been blessed by the richness of the tropics. I earn my living from my artwork, something that I dreamed of doing as a child, and we live and work in one of the most precious landscapes on earth.

I am also so lucky that Geoff shares my love of wildlife and I will never cease to be amazed by his ability to create all sorts of useful things for the animals from the terrifying clutter of his shed and he still manages to remain calm while listening to my endless new projects, views and ideas.

It is a wonderful jigsaw of life and I am convinced that the key is to forget the planning, pursue your passions, follow your heart, take chances and above all enjoy the journey.

'How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else.' Buckminster Fuller


Yasi Update

Volunteers helping Oct 1-2 2011; Geoff Moffatt and the Girringun Rangers

Volunteers helping Oct 1-2 2011 - photo D Dickson G Moffatt and Girringun Rangers -photo D Dickson 2011

Of course, life is never perfect and we are all challenged by the impacts of Tropical Cyclone Yasi. Things will never be quite the same for many of us, but as always, there is work to be done - the wildlife is struggling on and they deserve our support. This is a wonderful place and it is going to need all the help we can muster in the months and years to come!

Last week, we started building a magnificent new glide enclosure which will be large enough for our recovering gliders to exercise properly before release - when completed it will be 10m x 12m and 4.7m high. The structure has been funded by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare) and facilitated by Far North Queensland Wildlife Rescue. IFAW vets travelled into the far north to assist our local vets and wildlife facilities, in the days immediately after the cyclone. We provided shelter for them during their trip to our end of the disaster. During their stay, they recognised a need for new enclosures and thought that if they were to be replaced it would be great to be able to offer something that would really make a difference. They helped us purchase the structure and Mungarru Lodge Sanctuary is funding the construction - which in reality means that we are constructing the enclosure ourselves ..... but we are certainly not alone. When word went out about the project, we had, and are still receiving, the most wonderful assistance from many volunteer groups and individuals. The gliders will have the best facility in the north and it is a credit to all these generous people who have spent so many hours helping us, in less than ideal conditions. It has been so hot and dry, and it certainly isn't pretty here at present, but the volunteer energy and enthusiasm has kept us going. It's not finished yet but it is well on the way!

Photos Daryl Dickson


Nursery News

Nick Stevens

It looks like the cooler weather of winter is now well and truly gone for the year. With daytime temperatures in the high 20s, seedlings in the nursery are starting to grow steadily following a period of near dormancy over the last few months, and we hope to have many plants available for projects and members by December.

After a relatively quiet period with very few fruits being available, we can expect an influx of fruits to be processed over the coming months. With many species flowering well and some setting fairly large crops we will be able to replenish dwindling stocks in the nursery's seed germination room.

The nursery is looking absolutely spotless due to the diligence of the many volunteers spending their time weeding and sorting plant stock in the nursery's hardening bays, as well as the pot washing diehards. Thanks also to all the regulars working at the potting bench, we are getting quality results from the consistent work done there.

Assistance from Terrain NRM's Green Army Team (officially Reef Rescue Rehabilitation Project Team) has been appreciated in the nursery. We look forward to working further with them both in the nursery and on project sites where they will provide assistance with site preparations, planting and follow-up maintenance.

TREAT's Peterson Creek project sites planted in 2010 and 2011 on the Williams' property have struggled this year, being very wet at planting followed by further flooding, then drought as well as several frosts between June and September. Infill plantings at these sites also succumbed to frost and drought conditions. Upcoming plantings in October will be well mulched and irrigated to avoid further losses to drought in an effort to try and establish these difficult sites before the wet season.

The following tables summarise nursery production and tree distribution. These were presented at the TREAT AGM in September (with some minor corrections).

Nursery Production Comparison Table

Production 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011
Volunteer Hours - Nursery4,2954,5504,722
Total Potting 53,00058,00062,800
Total Write-outs 29,45021,00028,200
Stock Held at Annual August Stocktake65,00072,00062,500

Tree Distribution Comparison Table

Distribution 2009-2010 2010-2011
TREAT Members 12,0319,594
TREAT Projects 4,7715,334
QPWS 4,0578,894
BRICMA/Terrain NRM 02,633
TKMG (Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group)01,500
Schools 131250
Total 20,990 28,205

Young trees in the hardening bays at the nursery; Zanthoxylum ovalifolium sized for optimum growth; Germination Room at the Nursery

Young trees in the hardening bays at the nursery Zanthoxylum ovalifolium sized for optimum growth Germination Room at the Nursery

Field Day at Peter and Karen Stanton's

Lorraine Lamothe and Frans Arentz

On 1st October over 60 TREAT members and friends gathered at Wooroonoran Nature Refuge property to see and hear how the owners, Peter and Karen Stanton, had achieved their vision of transforming a lantana-covered wasteland into a landscape which could be managed for nature conservation and timber production. The 51 ha property, adjacent to Wooroonoran National Park on Lamins Hill, was bought by Peter and Karen in 1993. Two creeks, which form part of the headwaters of the Russell River, run through the property which had originally been cleared for timber in the late 1920s. The original owner, Richard Boundy, was then told by his bank to convert the land to a dairy farm and the land was grazed until 1958. However, grassland after rainforest clearance quickly becomes less productive as much of the nutrients, which have been tied up in the rainforest, are now lost. When the property was abandoned, the owners moved to 'much drier Butcher's Ck' on the other side of Lamins Hill. Peter told us that 4,453 mm of rain had been recorded so far this year, although, with only 85 mm, September had been a 'drought'.

When they acquired the land, Peter and Karen were faced with the challenge of establishing trees on the land, 30 ha of which was covered with lantana. Karen told us how she would spray an area with Roundup, wait, then use a ladder to clamber over the sprayed area, now dead, to attack the next patch of lantana. Hard work indeed. Other parts of the property which had regenerated naturally were protected and managed as part of their reforestation program.

Peter and Karen grew their own seedlings, using only soil from the property to avoid introducing any new pathogens, and only tree species (but not necessarily seed sources) which occurred in far north Queensland. Species planted in the regeneration areas were planted on a 3 m by 3 m spacing. For the plantations, the focus was on raising 5-6 high value rainforest timber species which were planted on a 3 m by 4 m spacing and which might in future be logged for sawn timber. These included Kauri (Agathis robusta), Hoop (Araucaria cunninghamii), Queensland Maple (Flindersia brayleyana), Quandong (Elaeocarpus angustifolius), Bulloak (Cardwellia sublimis), Tarzali Silkwood (Cryptocarya oblata) and Red Cedar (Toona ciliata). However, seed source proved to be important for some species. Kauris have not been a success, with trees attacked by rust and thrips. This species has been abandoned whereas Hoop, which has shown considerable tolerance to high winds, escaping any serious damage during Cyclones Larry and Yasi, and has shown tolerance of acid soils, has been planted on the most difficult exposed sites. Peter had obtained his hoop seed from South East Queensland. Some of us who had seen the species growing extensively in plantations in PNG were a bit dismayed to see what appeared to be such poor crown development, only to be told that this was a feature of particular clones which had been chosen for good form and fast growth rates. It did have the advantage however, of facilitating good natural regeneration under the canopy. Peter told us that Hoop once covered large areas of the Tablelands when the climate was drier but that it was now restricted to only a few sites. Peter shared his secret of growing Red Cedar - "protect seedlings and young trees from strong winds which activate the breeding cycle of the tip moth borer, and red cedar will outgrow other tree species".

Peter told us that up until 2010 his son had cut and sawn 10 trees on the property, yielding approximately 20 cubic metres which was sold for almost $2,000 per cubic metre. The first plantings were commenced in 1994 and the whole property has now been converted to forest. Natural regeneration by local rainforest species was encouraged within the planted sites, and 15 years after planting, little difference could be seen in forest structure between naturally regenerated and planted parts of the forest.

The Stantons showed us both successes and failures. One success has been to use naturally regenerated Alphitonia and Polyscias as nurse trees for their planted stock. Both species were ringbarked about three years after planting of seedlings, the shade of the trees reducing the growth of weeds during the initial establishment phase, and the ringbarked trees gradually losing their leaves and branches for a further three years while the planted seedlings grew to form a new canopy. Natural regeneration of wattle was allowed to remain provided that it did not compete too much with planted trees on the premise that the wattle was adding nitrogen to the soil.

Some sites were heavily infested with Brachiaria grass which had to be sprayed every six weeks during the wet season with Roundup, for about three years. Karen and Peter had come up with an ingenious system of collecting rain water to mix up their weedicide where needed, by using sheets of roofing iron propped against the stem of a tree to feed into strategically placed rubbish bins covered with shade cloth to keep out leaf litter.

One difficulty encountered has been the highly acidic soils on the south eastern part of the property, resulting in very poor growth of the Hoop planted on those soils. Thinking that he might have a nutrient deficiency Peter carried out extensive trials with application of major nutrients, and foliar sprays of micro-nutrients. There was no response to any of these, and he came to the conclusion that because of the low pH (4.0-4.5), the basic cause of the problem was an acid soil. A trial application of dolomite at 0.5kg/m2 did result in an improvement in soil cover in some areas, but has yet to result in a significant improvement in the trees after 12 months. He has now come to the conclusion that the trees are showing symptoms of manganese and aluminium toxicity as a result of the acid soil, and that increasing organic matter in the soil may ameliorate the problem through the activity of associated soil micro-organisms which would oxidise the manganese to unavailable forms. However, after a period of approximately four years the Hoop appears to overcome the nutritional imbalances and put on better growth.

Peter and Karen have developed a network of marked walking trails in their 51 hectare nature reserve. In the spirit of nature reserves they have issued an open invitation to the public to walk along these trails and to share their enjoyment of these forests. However, make sure that you visit only during the dry season, as Ault Road to the property is inaccessible during the wet.


Dates to Remember

Date and Time Event Location
Sat 12th Nov 9.00 am - 1 pm Workshop Tree ID and Seeds Lake Eacham Nursery
Sat 3rd Dec 8.00 am Tree planting 1000 trees Barron River, Bonadio's
Fri 16th Dec 10.00 am TREAT Christmas party Lake Eacham Nursery
Fri 23rd Dec TREAT Break-up for Christmas Lake Eacham Nursery
Fri 6th Jan TREAT Return for the new year Lake Eacham Nursery

Workshop - Tree identification and seed propagation

This popular workshop is held each year at the nursery. Participants need to register by contacting either the nursery on 4095 3406 or Barbara Lanskey on 4091 4468 as places are limited.

It is held as two sessions, separated by a morning tea provided by TREAT. One of the sessions deals with identification of trees by looking at leaf characteristics and is given by TREAT's Alan Gillanders; the other session is about propagating trees from different types of seed and is given by QPWS's Peter Snodgrass. Anyone interested in the different types of rainforest trees and growing trees themselves are encouraged to attend.

Tree planting

Barron Catchment Care are having a tree planting to celebrate Tropical Tree Planting day. This year it will be on Saturday 3rd December and will again be on the Bonadio's property at the Barron River. Parking will be on the property and there will be a barbeque after the planting. Follow the tree-planting signs from the Gillies Highway. Bring a hat, sunscreen and water, plus gloves and a trowel if you have them.

TREAT's Christmas - New Year break

The last Friday morning at the nursery before Christmas will be 23rd December. As this is so close to Christmas, TREAT will have its Christmas party the Friday before, on 16th December. The return Friday in the new year is 6th January.


Fruit Collection Diary July - September 2011

SpeciesCommon NameCollection Location/
Regional Ecosystem
Acacia mangiumBrown Salwood 7.3.10
Arytera paucufloraSmaller Rose Tamarind 7.8.2
Beilschmiedia obtusifolia Blush Walnut7.3.10
Brachychiton acerifolius Flame Tree7.8.3
Buckinghamia celsissima Ivory Curl Tree7.8.2
Caldcluvia australiensis Rose Alder7.8.4
Cryptocarya mackinnoniana Rusty Laurel7.8.4
Glochidion benthamianum Bentham's Buttonwood7.3.10
Pitaviaster haplophyllus Yellow Aspen7.8.2
Pullea stutzeri Hard Alder7.8.4
Rhus taitensis Sumac7.3.10
Schizomeria whiteii White Birch7.8.2

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Gift Tree Cards

If you are looking for a unique Christmas gift this year, for someone who has everything, why not consider one of TREAT's gift trees? For $20.00 you receive a beautiful card to give to someone special. The card explains that a native tree has been planted as part of TREAT's planting projects, which aim to restore the biodiversity of local tropical rain forests. As well as cards for celebratory occasions, Memorial cards are also available, with different wording. The gift tree in this case will be a living memorial. All gift tree purchases are tax deductible.

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