Biotropica Australia prepared a report for IMAN International on the values and management options of a proposed rural residential development site near Cardwell, Far North Queensland. The site includes an area of about 3.2 ha of habitat for the endangered Mahogany Glider (Petaurus gracilis), with good connectivity to adjacent forests. The species is considered one of Queensland’s most threatened mammals. The site also had a “Medium” bushfire risk which introduced constraints in site layout.
Assessment of the values and opportunities together with GIS technologies, enabled Biotropica Australia to prepare a layout option which could both retain the Mahogany Glider habitat, and satisfy state planning policy setback and fire break requirements for fire management.