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1P.O. Box 151, Ravenshoe, Queensland, Australia 4872.
The forests of northeastern Queensland can be grouped into four broad types and while the conservation needs of fauna in each type overlap considerably, the emphasis differs. Currently, for rainforest the barrier and intrusive effects of utility corridors, and the rehabilitation of habitat to reverse the effects of fragmentation are important; for tall open forest the need to develop pro-active management practices, particularly in relation to fire, to maintain the viability and diversity of the narrow tenuous band of forest need s to be emphasized; for sclerophyll woodland the identification of long-term subtle changes to the habitat resulting from present land management practices and the identification of faunal refuge s or “hot spots” require attention; and for mangroves the need for basic information on the faunal communities is paramount.