Maria Matthes has a look at a macadamia integrifolia specimen. She is now seeking help in finding wild and possibly endangered varieties, to conserve their genetics for future industry breeding.
Maria Matthes has a look at a macadamia integrifolia specimen. She is now seeking help in finding wild and possibly endangered varieties, to conserve their genetics for future industry breeding. Contributed

Public enlisted to save our flora

MARY Valley residents, both up and downstream of Gympie, are being asked to help save a species and an industry under the national Wild About Macadamias project.

For those who missed last night’s information and training workshop at Amamoor Community Hall, Lower Wonga Community Hall will be the venue for a similar event tonight, from 6.30pm.

Macadamia Conservation project officer Maria Matthes is asking Gympie Region residents to share their knowledge and let her know of any wild macadamias of which they are aware.

The object of the exercise is to rescue some varieties which may be on the brink of extinction.

Left over from a wetter time in the area’s ancient history, some varieties have been found in isolated gullies where they could be wiped out forever by a single flood or fire event.

The Macadamia Conservation Trust and the Australian Macadamia Society, with support from Horticulture Australia Limited and Gympie Regional Council, are searching for wild macadamias, trees planted from wild sources and stories about where macadamias once occurred, but are no longer present.

Ms Matthes said she was interested in contacting any landholders with scrub, brush or regenerating bush on creeks and tributaries of the Mary River, particularly creeks like Eel, Station, Glastonbury, Scrubby, Pie, Widgee, Woodgee, Kandanga, Amamoor, Six Mile, Cold, Mitchell, Kin Kin, Marys, Kingham, Yabba and Little Yabba Cks.

Ms Matthes is hoping to undertake surveys to find new populations and to record details, including the number of plants.

For those who miss the workshops, she can be contacted on 0400 209 214 or emailed on maria.matthes@macadamias.org

Gympie Times


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