Restoring habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary bird.
Besides being a critical bottleneck of habitat for Southern Cassowary Bird, the site will be listed as a Nature Refuge.
Before this certification can be achieved, it needs to be revegetated.
Forest Maker Brett Krause
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 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.
Planting trees at Smiths Gap will:
- Revegetate the habit
- Become a certified Nature Refuge
- Increased connectivity & microhabitat for the Cassowary Bird.
- Reduce soil runoff during rain events.
Forest Report — 20/01/2021
"Growth rates are doing well! We are excited about what the forest will have to offer - water retention, soil productivity, carbon sequestration, and not to mention habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary bird!"
— Brett Krause