Reconnecting a strategic corridor for the endangered Southern Cassowary.
Gurrbum provides a critical link in Cassowary habitat within the Smith’s Gap Corridor, connecting protected areas of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Smith’s Gap is part of Australia’s longest east-west tropical rainforest corridor.
The area is a registered Nature Refuge which protects the site from changes in land use and ensures the safety of fauna that finds its habitat there.
The Australian Government Threatened Species Prospectus stated that the revegetation of Smith’s Gap was a priority project for Cassowary recovery.
“I’m thrilled that the Miyawaki Forest will connect habitat and create a corridor for endangered wildlife to move across the site which will enhance biodiversity. It will also improve water quality that flows to the Great Barrier Reef.”
Brett Krause, SUGi Forest Maker
Average of tallest 3 trees
Gurrbum’s height has increased 5x in 1 year; exceptional growth and survival rate. The forest floor has developed and the canopy is widening.
Many insects and small fauna spotted, including various species of caterpillar, butterfly, small reptiles, lizards, praying mantis, kaddydids, moths, ants, and at least six spider species.
The forest is looking very healthy with one species already flowering. Seed succession is underway from a nearby forest.