Skyrail: Planting for the Future of Our Native Animals

Skyrail News: April 2003

Native birds and animals living in the forest adjacent to Skyrail's Smithfield terminal will soon have a safe passage to water thanks to Skyrail's tree planting initiative.

Skyrail Rangers and local and international students are creating a wildlife corridor between the freshwater lake at Skyrail's Smithfield terminal and the sclerophyll woodland at the base of the Macalister Range in the ongoing operation.

Since the program commenced in 2002, over 100 native tree and shrub species have been planted in the corridor including Cassowary Plum, Kuranda Satin Ash, Black Bean and native Gardenia trees.

When completed the corridor will provide the area's native birds and animals, including sunbirds, doves, rosellas, possums, gliders, wallabies and many more, with access to a year round water supply protected from birds of prey and feral animals.

Skyrail's Environmental Manager Sue Korecki said as well as having environmental benefits, the tree planting program was also educational.

"The program has been designed to give students a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of the rainforest to our existence," Ms Korecki said. "The tree planting allows students to make a real contribution to the regeneration of our rainforest and the protection of native birds and animals."

Skyrail's tree planting program has many other environmental benefits including improving soil quality in the corridor area, creating a windbreak allowing other small trees and shrubs to grow, and adding nutrients to the previously agricultural soil.

The wildlife corridor will double its current size later this week, to nearly 200 trees and shrubs, when 198 Japanese students participate in the first tree planting session for 2003.

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