In the 133 years of European settlement the natural vegetation of our Catchment has been significantly modified with approximately 50 % of the original cover, consisting primarily of a range of rainforest species, being cleared.
As a result of federal and state government legislation and regulation, community pressure and the growing awareness on the part of organisations and individual with a stake in utilising our natural resources no significant clearing has occurred since the 1980â€™s.
The remaining areas of natural vegetation and the associated habitat and ecosystems are now substantially protected by State and Federal Legislation.
Incentives provided to land holders and changing land use practices are complimenting this protection.
Use the Interactive Land Use Map of our Catchment to gain an appreciation of the levels of protection in place.
- World Heritage Listed Rainforests cover approx. 45% of our Catchment
- The other remaining areas of natural vegetation are protected by the Queensland Vegetation Management Act of 1999.
- These areas are identified and detailed by that Acts Ecosystem Mapping provisions
- Some landholders have chosen to voluntarily protect parts of their properties with Nature Refuge Agreements and Voluntary Conservation Agreements.
- The widespread adoption of Green Cane Trash Blanketing by our catchments Sugar Cane growers has resulted in significant protection for soils and reductions of sediment loss into streams.
- The gradual replacement of original clumping tussock pasture grass species by matt forming stoloniferous varieties is providing vastly improved protection of soils with a consequent reduction in soil erosion.
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