SUGi
Australia

Queensland, Australia

Gurrbum

Reconnecting a strategic corridor for the endangered Southern Cassowary

Land Forest
Miyawaki Method
Habitat

Gurrbum provides a critical link in Cassowary habitat within the Smith’s Gap Corridor which connects protected areas of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Smith’s Gap is part of Australia’s longest east-west tropical rainforest corridor.

This site is in the process of becoming a registered Nature Refuge which will protect the property from changes in land use and ensure the safety of all the fauna there.

The Australian Government Threatened Species Prospectus identifies revegetation of Smith’s Gap as a priority project for Cassowary recovery.


Forest Maker Brett Krause

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Reconnecting a strategic corridor for the endangered Southern Cassowary

2,000

Trees

500

Square Meters

76

Native Species

a dirt field and green mountains
The site that will become Gurrbum forest.
green sapling growing out of red dirt
After the Gurrbum Miyawaki forest planting.

“I’m thrilled, 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

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Cassowary

Native Wildlife

The southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius), also known as double-wattled cassowary, Australian cassowary or two-wattled cassowary, is a large flightless black bird. It is a ratite and therefore related to the emu, ostrich, and Kiwi genera.

Subject to ongoing habitat loss, limited range, and overhunting in some areas, the southern cassowary is listed as Endangered under Federal and Queensland State legislation. Some threats are habitat loss (logging), feral animals eating their eggs, hunting, and roadkill.  Road building, feral animals, and hunting are the worst of these threats. It is estimated that there are only approximately 2,500 individuals left in Australia.

women kneels in the dirt next to saplings
Worker Sue Pearson helps plant the Miyawaki forest at Gurrbum.
red fruit on a tree
Fruit from the Harpullia ramiflora tree species at Gurrbum.
Forest Maker Brett Krause walks along the new forest at Gurrbum.
people on dirt with sapling trees
Workers plant a total of 2,000 trees on 500 square meters.

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