Capabilities: Road Ecology

Environment North has been a preferred supplier of environmental services to the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) for more than 15 years. During this time we have worked with TMR to develop “road ecology” solutions to mitigating the impacts of linear clearings on habitat connectivity and other values.

Since 2004 Environment North has worked  with TMR and researchers from the James Cook University and former Rainforest CRC in designing and undertaking applied research into appropriate solutions. We were appointed as Program Manager to look after all of TMR’s interests in this collaborative project which has achieved significant results in a number of fields. While this work formally covered the period 2004 to 2007, we are routinely engaged to provide advice on related matters. 

These include:

  • treatment of polluted runoff from roads
  • effects of noise and light on roadside fauna
  • dealing with roadkill and connectivity (canopy bridges, underpasses, “fence and funnel” strategies)
  • rehabilitation, including use of “green” products such as Green Terramesh® and planted gabions
  • microclimate under structures (light and moisture analysis to determine likely plant survival).

Our role has been to recognise the problem, manage the research, and work with scientists and engineers to implement the solution.