Bulburin National Park is home to the largest remnant subtropical rainforest in Central Queensland and is home to significant numbers of vulnerable and endangered flora and fauna species. Bulburin protects the only known native population of the endangered Bulburin nut tree – Macadamia jansenii. Prior to the recent bushfire there were less than 40 individual plants recorded. Bulburin has received the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy Award and was established as a National Park in 2006.
Invasive flora and fauna threaten the vulnerable and endangered native species within Bulburin National Park. Large amounts of weed species threaten to smother recovering native vegetation, while wild pigs are highly destructive and trample and eat plants, and damage ground.
Threat abatement activities are required to reduce and control the invasive flora and fauna and their impact on Bulburin National Park.
The project builds on existing partnerships to control invasive species and capture data to measure the success of threat abatement activities and support future regional conservation and biosecurity planning.
Threat abatement activities will focus on the species identified by the Bulburin National Park Management Statement 2013, including:
- Lantana – Lantana camara
- Cats Claw Creeper – Macfadyena unguis-cati
- Groundsel Bush – Baccharis halimifolia
- Guinea Grass – Megathyrsus maximus
- Giant Rats Tail Grass – Sporobolus jacquemontii
- Grader Grass – Themeda quadrivalv
- Feral Pigs – Sus scofra
The project also includes collaborative development of a plan to increase capacity and skills of Traditional Owners to complete threat abatement activities within Bulburin National Park.
Work done to date
- Baseline studies of weeds and feral pigs
- Weed control across an area of 22.5 hectares
- 30 days of feral pig control
- Continued weed control
- Feral pig removal
- Ongoing monitoring of invasive species distribution and density
- Gidarjil Development Corporation
- Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
- University of Sunshine Coast
- University of Queensland
- Bush to Bay Weed Control
This project is funded by the Australian Government’s Bushfire Recovery Program.