September 25, 2023

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Maria Island Cruises. Protecting wildlife.

We thank the wonderful crew from Maria Island Cruises for stepping up to help us plant native trees in the Coal Valley and Claremont, Lutruwita/Tasmania. This act will help create homes for the island’s wildlife.

TREES PLANTED

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Maria Island Cruises have been operating educational tourist trips since 2006. Over that time they have taken thousands of people on their award winning wildlife tours of Maria Island National Park, and Ille Des Phoques.

 

 

Maria Island is famous for its eclectic wildlife. On a cruise you are likely to spot fur seals, dolphins, wombats, kangaroos, Cape Barren geese, eagles, wallabies, albatross and whales (during migration), whilst taking in the World famous landscapes and UNESCO World Heritage history.

 

Keen to improve their ecological footprint, the team have put their money where their mouth is and supported the planting of native trees at 2 Tasmanian/Lutruwita sites; Berriedale Bay and Coal Valley (full story to come).

 

Site A | Berriedale Bay | 300 trees

This bay is a gorgeous coastal area adjacent to Hobart’s world famous Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). For locals, it also marks the start of a delightful coastal walk through saltmarsh, sandstone cliffs, and allocasuarina forests to Windermere May further along the Derwent.

 

Berriedale Bay tree planting team.

 

For the planting, the group chose to revegetate a section that was at risk of being strangled by invasive hawthorne scrub. They planted trees made up of Tasmanian native blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) and beaked hakeas (Hakea rostrata). These will provide a barrier between native wetland species and the road, and will also provide a significant food source for native insects and bird species during spring and summer. Sixteen (16) people attended the planting with volunteers from Claremont Coast Care and Conservation Volunteers Australia joining forces.  Glenorchy City Council will monitor and water these new plantings until they reach maturity.

 

Thank you very much for supporting this project in being able to provide trees to the newly formed Claremont Coast Care group.  The plants are being used to enhance the biodiversity of a weed infested foreshore at Claremont in Tasmania. Much work has already been done to remove the weeds and no doubt seeing new plants go in the ground will inspire more people to get involved with this group.

Amanda Cole | Nursery Volunteer and Coordinator | Understorey Network

 

Those holes aren’t going to get dug by themselves.

 

Site B | Coal River, TAS | 232

 

Zoodoo is set on the hinterlands of the Coal River Tier, a beautiful bushland backdrop directly adjoining the zoos rear boundary. Situated between the towns of Tea Tree and Richmond, the 2000 acres of dry forest clads the western escarpment of the Coal River Tier. Zoodoo manages around 15% of this significant patch of threatened vegetation.

 

The planting site.

 

Towering 350m above the zoo, the Tiers forested slopes are isolated from other bushland remnants in the region by adjoining human modified environs. The bushland has become an ‘island adrift in a sea of agriculture’. After a preliminary assessment of the site by the Tasmanian Land Conservancies Land for Wildlife program, the refuge has been found to hold significant biodiversity values. Early results of monitoring in the refuge with automatic wildlife detection cameras have identified multiple individual endangered Tasmanian Devils and vulnerable Spotted tailed quolls breeding and living on the Tier.

 

Other interesting animals recorded in the area include; eastern barred bandicoot, Green and Gold Frog, Tasmanian Bettong, wombats, pademelons, bennetts wallabies, echidnas, and wedgetailed eagles.

 

Some of the smaller planting team members.

 

Zoodoo is protecting and managing this reserve at Coal River Tier for its natural values plus promoting connectivity and ecosystem services. Developing innovative approaches to engage the community and zoo visitors in this exciting project will be instrumental in defining future directions for Zoodoo.

 

The trees will be watered over the coming months to ensure these trees survive their first summer.

 

Some neighbouring properties along the Tier have also recognised the natural values of this vegetation with a conservation covenant on one 320 acre title and a Land for Wildlife block on another 55 acres. The Zoo hopes to seek further collaboration with the aim of promoting the protection and management of this valuable native forest remnant.

This is a great example of increasing your impact! Through the support from Maria Island Cruises, this project is now growing by leaps and bounds.

 


 

Many thanks to the team from Maria Island Cruises for their support of our Tasmanian community tree planting projects.

 

If you are interested in how your business and Fifteen Trees could work together, contact Colleen at <[email protected]> and/or check out our Company page for more info.

 

 

Writer – Lou Ridsdale

 

Lou is a big fan of words and has been our Comms Manager since 2019.

 

She is a green thumb, Earth Lover, big-hearted nature freak, plus a savvy media and horticulture expert, who passionately believe that everyone can lead a more nourishing and sustainable life. Her passion for education + communication being the most empowering tool for change is reflected in her setting up her side hustle Hey Hoe Let’s Grow. She also founded Food Is Free Inc., a unique grassroots food security platform specialising in food security education. She fell in love with trees after reading The Magic Faraway Tree as a child.

 

You can find Lou here

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