Biotropica Australia successfully tendered for this work across Queensland’s National Parks and State Forests in 2008. This task involved surveying around 200 kilometres of power line clearings dissecting some of the State’s most pristine environments, ranging from the semi-arid zone of south-western Queensland to the rain forests of the Whitsundays. Botanists and ecologists from Biotropica Australia recorded a number of Vulnerable and Rare plants in electricity corridors, along with a range of other ecological features requiring protection. Beneath Ergon Energy lines at Currawinya National Park (on the QLD/NSW border), Nigel Tucker and Daniel Keane found Sclerolaena walkeri, a Vulnerable Chenopod shrub known from only two previous records, and located a number of individuals of the highly restricted Paperbark, Melaleuca densispicata. Kris Kupsch and Lars Kazmeier found several rare Cycads in Central Queensland and collected only the fourth Australian record of the exotic Blainvillea gayana.
Records such as these provide Ergon Energy with the information needed to ensure staff and contractors are aware of important environmental features. GPS data and Photographic Information Sheets allow for precision locations in the field and appropriate management action. The project was completed on time and to budget.
Biotropica Australia ecologists are rigorous and professional in their approach, but also very experienced at working in physically remote and demanding environments. This task put staff into Queensland’s most rugged landscapes, testing ourselves, our vehicles and technology to the limit. The wealth of biological and management data collected will greatly assist Ergon’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability across the State’s most sensitive natural areas, and beyond. Biotropica Australia staff have significant experience in the identification and management of Queensland flora and fauna – our knowledge is your insurance.