BELLS ROAD, NEWELL, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
REPLANTING AN ENDANGERED ECOSYSTEM
We are going to be planting 5.19 hectares of former grazing and sugar cane land in the wet tropics of far north Queensland, Australia with 33,000 trees. This will restore vitally important endangered ecosystems and create an outreach corridor to existing coastal mangroves and wetlands. This will increase wildlife diversity in the area, and create valuable habitat and food resource for 12 species of endangered and vulnerable animals.
The planting area contains 4 distinct regional ecosystems - 3 of which are endangered.
This planting will contain palustrine (fresh water) wetlands and be dominated by melaleuca (paperbark) and corymbia (bloodwood) emergents over a vine rainforest canopy layer. We will be restoring this land to authentic pre-clearing systems, and have divided the planting program into 4 stages - with a goal of completing the full project within 3 to 4 years. Our planting method is close stem centres to attain full canopy closure within 2 years, and plant all 3 stories of forest, being under-storey, canopy and emergent species concurrently to attain an authentic and diverse forest mix in the fastest possible time.
We will be conducting multiple community plantings and we will also open the scope to be able to provide some local part-time employment.
Once growing, this new forest will create diverse and increased habitat and create a large feeding resource for endangered Spectacled Flying-foxes and many other animals.
Work on land preparation will begin in January 2023, and we expect to start planting stage one of the area by July. Join us on the journey.
Some of the animals we will be helping.
Featured below are some of the local wildlife we expect to take up residence as this planting grows and matures.
Macleay's fig-parrot - vulnerable.
© Mat Gilfedder
Australian lacelid frog - vulnerable.
© Johan Larson
Red goshawk - endangered.
Lesser sand plover - endangered.
© Ian Davies
Spectacled Flying-fox - endangered.
© Dave Pinson
Some of the trees we will be planting.
Featured below are just a handful of tree species we will be planting.
Moreton Bay Ash.
© Dave Pinson
© Connie Pinson
Cloudy tea tree.
© John Elliott
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