Cape York Natural Resource Management (NRM) is funding a project to build resilience and improve landscape connectivity into the critically endangered coastal vine forest ecosystem of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area.

The project managers, South Cape York Catchments (SYC) is working in conjunction with neighboring landholders including Traditional Owners, Indigenous ranger groups, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and rural fire brigades, in a three pronged plan aimed at the reduction of major pressures on the wildlife corridor which in turn, encourages natural regeneration.

The three methods are: fencing that excludes unmanaged cattle from riparian areas;  strategic fire management that prevents late season hot wildfires impacting on the riparian vegetation; and weed control that reduces the plant competition in the ecosystem.

Rehabilitation of the wildlife corridor is also assisted by revegetation with a focus on plant species that provide habitat for the critically endangered tree kangaroo, the cassowary and other various wildlife inhabitants.

PICTURE: A sensor camera captures a tree kangaroo on it’s nightly wanderings through the wildlife corridor PHOTO: South Cape York Catchments.

The Tree Kangaroo is one of the totems for the Traditional Owners of this area, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people.