Managing biodiversity in our cotton 'landscapes'

Charters Towers/Whitsunday local government area

Area of cotton landscape: 
49,900 ha
Area of remnant vegetation in the cotton landscape: 
28,700 ha (58%)
Area of threatened ecological communities in the cotton landscape: 
6,570 ha (23%)
Area of priority zones for native vegetation restoration and enhancement: 
2,180 ha
Area of cotton properties: 
15,800 ha
Area of remnant vegetation on cotton properties: 
7,730 ha (48.9 %)
Area of threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 
1,430 ha (18 %)
Area of priority zones for vegetation: 
270 ha

Main vegetation types on cotton properties: 

Silver-leaved Ironbark woodlands, Bloodwood woodlands, Brigalow woodlands, Reid River Box woodlands, Eucalyptus persistens woodlands, Semi-arid shrublands.

Main threatened ecological communities on cotton properties: 

Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla dominant and co-dominant) (E).


Named wetlands in the cotton landscape: 

Cocky Lake Dam, Indian Rock Dam, Murdering Lagoon, Sandridge Dam No 1.

Area of wetlands in the cotton landscape: 
2,250 ha (5%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
37 km
Length of minor water courses in the cotton landscape: 
417 km
Area of wetlands in the cotton properties: 
250 ha (2%)
Length of major rivers in the cotton landscape: 
37 km
Length of minor streams on cotton properties: 
13 km
Main rivers in the cotton landscape: 

Suttor River.


Area of national park in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Area of travelling stock routes in the cotton landscape: 
415 ha
Area of state forests in the cotton landscape: 
0 ha
Examples of public land reserves in the cotton landscape: 

Burdekin Falls Dam Catchment Area.


Examples of iconic species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Northern Quoll, Brolga, Magpie Goose, Southern Boobook, Squatter Pigeon, Carpet Python, Frill-necked Lizard, Yellow-belly.

Plants: Brigalow, Carbeen.

Examples of threatened species in the cotton landscape: 

Animals: Northern Quoll (E), Rainbow Bee-eater (M), Red Goshawk (V), Southern Black-throated Finch (E), Squatter Pigeon (V), Yellow Wagtail (M), Mount Cooper Striped Skink (V), Ornamental Snake (V), Yakka Skink (V).

Plants: Pink Gidgee (V), Waxy Cabbage Palm (V), Solanum elachophyllum (Q).

Commonwealth Listing: V = Vulnerable; E = Endangered; CE = Critically Endangered; M = Migratory State listing; N = listed as threatened in NSW; Q = listed as threatened in Queensland;