Biotropica Australia’s former botanist, Rigel Jensen travelled to Cape York for seventeen days as part of a feasibility study team for a proposed National infrastructure project from PNG to Australia. The survey area extended from the Kennedy Highway, west of Mt Garnet to Coen. The study involved liaising with engineers and surveyors to determine the most suitable route options so that the project could be costed.
Particular attention was paid to river crossings, endangered and of concern regional ecosystems and any rare and threatened species. A large component of the work was conducted from a helicopter as the areas were quite inaccessible from the ground.
Nigel’s botanical and ecological skills proved invaluable in this exercise and his extensive knowledge of Cape York flora was certainly put to good use.