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Now it’s a Lantana Attack!

Following a very successful Easter Cassia Blitz at Happy Valley at the end of April where a very significant amount of Lantana was also removed, FIDO volunteers at Eurong in July turned their attention to attacking Lantana.  (more…)

A Clash of Cultures Kills K’gari Icon

K’gari is inscribed on the World Heritage list for three outstanding values.  One of these is its outstanding natural beauty.  However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and on K’gari there are two incompatible views of beauty when it comes to viewing the vegetation.  Where many find beauty in the bush, some see the natural ecosystems as untidy and messy.  Opposite views are even more pronounced in the urban areas where the rose garden mentality is in direct competition with the natural values that brought about K’gari’s World Heritage listing. (more…)

K’gari’s Great Plant Giveaway

In July, in a collaborative effort facilitated by FINIA, the Great Plant Giveaway was held at Eurong.  It offered stock raised in Eurong’s QPWS nursery by FIDO volunteers to be used by island property owners.  It was made clear that no plants could be removed from the island. (more…)

The Great Easter Cassia Blitz of 2018!

The idea of a Blitz near Happy Valley while the Easter Cassia (Senna pendula var. glabrata) was flowering might have been my idea. However, the credit for the success of the Cassia Blitz goes to FIDO’s John Sinclair and Peter Shooter who organised the week-long event and to BMRG (Burnett Mary Regional Group) who funded it. (more…)

News from the Eurong Nursery

Are you a Fraser Island landholder looking to replace your exotic plants with local native plant species?  Did you know you can source them for free*? (more…)

Twelve years of collaboration

Looking back after over 12 years of FINIA’s operations, we can sometimes forget the achievements of the group and its partners. These were brought home at a recent FINIA partner meeting held on Fraser Island (K’gari) to check field sites in addition to identifying new challenges for the World Heritage property. (more…)

What to do if you get stung by an Irukandji?

Recently it was confirmed that an Irukandji jellyfish has been found off the west coast of K’gari. There have also been other suspected stings further down the coast. People visiting this area and across the broader marine environment should be extra vigilant about their personal safety. This extra care is particularly important for those operating vessels, diving or snorkelling. (more…)

Lessons from Other World Heritage sites: Japan

I have to insist to my disbelieving family and others that my trip to Japan is not a holiday but really is a study tour and part of my quest to see what can be learnt in how other World Heritage sites are being managed.  I am particularly interested in island World Heritage sites and I have already visited two of Japan’s natural World Heritage sites that are islands, Yakushima and Ogasawara.  However, the latest World Heritage nomination of four island’s in the chain of small islands stretched out in an arc between the southern island and Taiwan that includes the Okinawa archipelago is of special interest.

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Field Work Report: August 2017 Happy Valley Weeding Trip

This was the 15th trip since Peter started as team leader and while his team have worked on a number of weed species during that time, the main focus has been on Abrus precatorius subspecies africanus. (more…)

Persistence Paying Off

FIDO’s Bush Regeneration program has been operating volunteer week-long weeding operations since 2005.  However, the number of weeding operations has increased progressively from one in 2005 to 10 in 2016–17.  This is to keep pace with the increasing threat, and number, of weed invaders.

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