History of Treeforce

Treeforce Association Inc. is a not-for-profit community tree planting group in Cairns. It was incorporated and officially launched in April 1992.

Treeforce was established when it was noticed how successful TREAT (Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands) had been. For a group to be successful in Cairns it was agreed that it would need to be closely linked to local government.

A partnership was formed with the Cairns City Council’s Wet Tropics Nursery, headed by Bill Sokolich and the first meeting was held on 20th March 1991 at the Wet Tropics nursery in Stratford. Plans were made for the inaugural ‘Tree Train’ which, on 12th May 1991, transported members of the Cairns community to the fire-ravaged slopes of Redlynch to plant a strip of rainforest species along the slopes above the Cairns to Kuranda railway. This planting, now a verdant green belt, served to prevent bush fires doing further damage to the hill slopes.

The enthusiastic volunteer response indicated a demand   for a community revegetation group in Cairns:

Treeforce – Trees for the Cairns Environment.

 

Treeforce volunteers have been busy ever since. Plantings have been carried out at the following locations.

 

 1992-1994

  • Little Mulgrave (in association with Russell/Mulgrave Landcare);
  • Smithfield: McGregor Estate;
  • Smithfield: library;
  • Kamerunga Environmental Park, Lake Placid;
  • Brinsmead: Goomboora Park;
  • Redlynch: hill slopes – an extension of the Tree Train firebreak planting;
  • Clifton Beach – dune revegetation;
  • Brinsmead: Loridan Drive – drainage reserve; and
  • Redlynch: Rice’s Gully.

 

1995-1998

  • Aeroglen: Mount Whitfield cassowary habitat and fire prevention project.

 

1999-2001

  • Redlynch: Currunda Creek; and
  • Brinsmead: Devil’s Leap (Freshwater Creek).

 

2001-2006

  • Redlynch: Djulbin Bend (Freshwater Creek).

 

2007-2008

  • Kamerunga: Lower Freshwater Road (Freshwater Creek); and
  • Kamerunga: Cairns Environmental Landfill/Mistletoe Close.

 

2009 – 2012

  • Redlynch: Rice’s Gully (Freshwater Creek)

 

2012 – 2013

  • Stratford: Old chook farm (Barron River)

 

2014 – present

  • St. Andrew’s Flats (Freshwater Creek)
  • Goomboora to the Rocks Bike Path (Freshwater Creek)

 

Treeforce’s mission is to plant and maintain native trees to achieve outcomes that include:

1)    protecting the visual quality of the Cairns environment

2)    protecting and stabilising critical areas like hill slopes and river banks

3)   creating wildlife corridors between existing patches of rainforest

4)   creating public awareness about the importance of planting native trees.

The geographical coverage of our group is from Edmonton to Smithfield with the current focus on Freshwater Creek and the Barron River.

 

Treeforce Committee members are:

President – Boyd Lenne

Vice President – Don Tennant

Treasurer – Jacqui Dedecius

Secretary – Sally Cowan

Ordinary Members – Jill Thomas & Simone Vinton