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Kalan Enterprises – Conservation

(Endemic) McIlwraith Tassel Fern

(Endemic) McIlwraith Tassel Fern

Conservation is an extremely important aspect of the work that Kalan Enterprises carries out. The Southern Kaantju lands is a vast tract incorporating a range of ecosystems, including but not limited to, rivers and waterways, lowlands and coastal flats and riparian rainforest. The highlands are significant because they deliver most of the water to all Southern Kaantju and our neighbouring families to the east (Wik Mungkan). The Cape region is home to incredible diversity of unique species, many of which are at threat because of the damage caused by introduced pests.

The country we are planning for is very important because it holds the cultural hearth (Blue Mountains) of the Southern Kaantju estates and it provides important habitat corridors between the rainforest mountain country in the east and the lagoon and massive open grassy wetlands on western Cape York. There are significant threats to the health of our country, which we have identified and actively work to reduce through our land management conservation activities.

The conservation role that Kalan plays is multifaceted. We conduct surveys of local species, control pig and pest populations and work in partnership with other organisations, such as the CSIRO, to monitor and report against what is happening on the ground in our remote part of the world. In helping to control the number of feral species, the biodiversity of native flora and fauna is able to continue and flourish. The framework for activities is provided by the Conservation Agreement between the Toolka Land Trust and the Queensland Government to establish the Mt Croll Nature Refuge. Kalan incorporates traditional land management knowledge with effective western science to deliver healthy country outcomes.

For more information on Kalan Enterprises, contact our head office in Coen on phone (07) 4060 1038 or email office@kalan.org.au

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