With the community plantings adjacent to Wongabel State Forest on Saturday the 14th and the 21st of January, Barron Catchment Care finalised the delivery of 3 projects increasing the vegetation extend of the unique but critically endangered Mabi community with approximately 2ha.
Two of the projects were funded through the Queensland Government’s Community Sustainability Action Grant Program (Conservation and Community Climate Action Program). One of the plantings was part of a project that received funding from the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Jubilee Program, with a commemorative plaque placed at the site.
A community event was held in October to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee and raise community awareness around Mabi forest. Barron Catchment Care engaged a contractor to do work on site preparation, sourcing, transporting and allocating the trees and doing maintenance for the plantings. QPWS and Treat (Trees for Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands) provided further support with their contributions to initial site preparation, supply of trees and organising the community plantings.
“Whilst Barron Catchment Care might be mostly known for its projects in weed, pest, land and water management, it also has been working on many projects over the years aiming to restore and revegetate native vegetation on cleared and degraded land. These projects contribute to our vision of maintaining and enhancing the economic, ecological, and cultural values of the Barron River Catchment” Mr, Brian Down, chair of Barron Catchment Care said.
Community members interested in participating in future revegetation events, get in touch with Barron Catchment Care on firstname.lastname@example.org and keep an eye out for the planting schedule on TREAT’s website and Facebook page.