Cajanus mareebensis translocation – 2016

Cajanus mareebensis is listed as endangered under Queensland’s Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NCA) and the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).  It occurs extensively through Cape York Peninsula where the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is maintaining and constructing road assets. Biotropica Australia was commissioned to complete a Translocation Plan and to undertake the translocation and monitoring of this species where it occurs within the footprint of the TMR’s works area.  There are no known records of C. mareebensis having previously been translocated, so Biotropica botanists had to draw on their wealth of knowledge of translocations of previous species to draw up a protocol for translocation.  A total of 30 individual C. mareebensis plants were translocated and the success of the translocation will continue to be monitored throughout 2017.