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  • TREAT – Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands (Inc) is a voluntary organization whose function and purpose is to promote the planting of trees for restoration and revegetation of the Wet Tropics
  • TREAT’s purpose is summed up in our ‘motto’ ‘To plant the right tree at the right time in the right place for the right reason.’ And we have done this and encourage this for stream bank stabilization, stream shading to enhance the stream habitat, and a range of other habitats.
  • Treat operates with the Lake Eacham Nursery Revegetation Unit of the QPWS under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government.
  • Members meet at the Nursery each Friday from 8:00 to 12:00 to undertake seed preparation; propagation of the seeds; transferring seedlings to nursery tubes; repotting seedlings from small tubes to larger ones; weeding of the seedlings in the hardening out area; and the sterilizing of pots for re-use.
  • This time is not seen just as a working time, but is used by most members as a regular social networking event where knowledge, skills and experience are shared and over morning tea members catch up with each other as friends and hear more about the state of the revegetation world.
  • TREAT attempts to obtain funding on a regular basis to undertake tree planting projects each year, ideally to enable one or two 1ha sites to be revegetated with some 3000 tree seedlings on each site.
  • TREAT contracts out the preparation of such sites, usually on privately owned land in a strategic revegetation area, and undertakes the planting of the sites with members and community volunteer assistance.
  • The funding applied for to undertake these projects hopefully enables the maintenance care of the site until the fresh tree growth attains canopy cover to shade out any regrowth of grass or weeds. If this funding isn’t built into the grants received, TREAT undertakes the funding of this maintenance work from its own funds, obtained through membership fees and donations.
  • TREAT members are also strong supporters of other organization’s restoration tree planting projects around the Southern Atherton Tablelands. TREAT members assist with the planting of projects organised by other organizations and also those organised by the QPWS for National Park rehabilitation. TREAT also assists with the catering for these plantings.
  • TREAT’s projects, and those that it supports, are strategically aligned to provide linkages to wildlife habitats that have been isolated by farming development in the past. The most necessary of these now, and into the future is to enable altitudinal linkages for wildlife as the climate of the world continues warming.
  • TREAT’s activities and contact is to be found at www.treat.net.au