Queensland, Australia


Reconnecting a strategic corridor for the endangered Southern Cassowary

Pocket Forest
Miyawaki Method

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


Reconnecting a strategic corridor for the endangered Southern Cassowary




Square Meters


Native Species

a dirt field and green mountains
The site of Gurrbum in Queensland, Australia
The pocket forest after 1.5 years growth

“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

Forest Report: 1.5 Years

DATE: 22.03.2022

Survival Rate: 98%

Average of Tallest 3 Trees: 500cm

Gurrbum’s height has increased 5x in 1 year; exceptional growth and survival rate. The forest floor has developed and canopy is widening.

Gurrbum after 1.5 years growth
Healthy forest floor

Biodiversity Notes:

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.

Flame kurrajong (Brachychiton acerfolius)
Bandicoot berry (Leea novoguineensis)
Weeping bottlebrush (Melaleuca viminalis)
Flame kurrajong (Brachychiton acerfolius)

Forest Report: 10 months

DATE: 22.09.2021

Survival Rate: 99%

Tallest Tree: 100cm

The forest is looking very healthy with one species already flowering. Seed succession is underway from a nearby forest.

Gurrbum after 10 months growth

Forest Report: Planting

DATE: 22.03.2021

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.


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