Highlights from the Annual Report for 1999 - 2000

TREAT ACTIVITIES

TREAT's core activities remain as:

  • production and planting of native rainforest plants;
  • creation of an awareness of the need to plant trees; and
  • continuous monitoring of vegetation and wildlife changes.

Throughout the year, members worked over 8,000 hours, produced 90,000 plants, with QPWS planted nearly 40 ha of forest, ran workshops, managed a schools awareness programme and monitored flora and fauna changes at several sites. Their voluntary work was valued at more than $125,000, an increase of 23% over the previous year.

Production and planting of native rainforest plants

The weekly working sessions at the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service's Centre for Tropical Restoration to rear native rainforest plants continued as TREAT's main activity. The unique relationship with QPWS, starting in 1982, strengthens each year and has become the key element of TREAT's success.

During the year over 90,000 native rainforest plants were reared by TREAT volunteers at the QPWS Centre; they were planted at populations of 2,500 per hectare on 40 ha of land within TREAT and QPWS project areas or on members own land. TREAT members assisted in raising 164 native rainforest species at the Centre.

Creation of an awareness of the need to plant trees

Creating public awareness of the need to plant trees has successfully been carried out in a number of ways. By inviting the general public to participate in tree planting activities; in cooperation with the Department of Education, running a practical Primary Schools programme, teaching skills and providing sites where they can be practiced; mounting public displays and exhibitions; increasing the circulation to 1,000 of TREAT's quarterly Newsletter, made available for members and the general public; and, running workshops where plant rearing technique and planting skills are discussed.

Monitoring vegetation and wildlife changes

An essential follow-on activity after planting is the monitoring and recording of changes that take place in newly planted forest as the dynamics of a natural forest are gradually established. Monitoring has been informal but more scientific yet simple and practical techniques are planned.

To evaluate the effectiveness of linkage in re-vegetated wildlife corridors, colonisation and movement of reptiles and small mammals is now being monitored by QPWS researchers supported by TREAT volunteers. Twice yearly - box, cage and pit-fall traps are set. Before release, captures are identified, weighed, sexed and fitted with numbered eartags. Results to date show that in newly revegetated areas, mammal communities closely resemble those found in pasture land whereas in the older revegetated areas, rainforest mammals are already appearing.



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