This web site is dedicated to recording and promoting Yamahra Creek catchment eco-systems in which our property resides.
A flora and fauna survey has been started and records have been made of the various conservation projects undertaken in the past ten years. Records have also begun to track natural phenomena such as bush fires, storms, flooding rains, moon bows etc. So far over 370 plant species have been identified on the property as well as a very impressive fauna listing which includes several rare and threatened species.
In December 2003 Bartopia was registered as a Nature Refuge under the Nature Conservation Act and covers 85% of the property. The property was deemed significant as it provides a land bridge between two areas of Mt Barney National Park. In September 2000 we also registered with the Land for Wildlife program.
Bartopia is one of only three privately owned properties that virtually capture the whole catchment of Yamahra Creek.
Mt Barney Retreat is a nature-based tourism and recreation facility at Bartopia.
This retreat will provide simple yet functional facilities that are designed and constructed to ensure sustainability and minimal environmental impact. The goal is to provide visitors with opportunities to experience and comprehend the diversity, richness and subtlety of what an authentic wilderness area is.
The use of conservation covenants
One of the most important aspects of recovery, for threatened species and communities, is the protection of their habitat. The majority of threatened species and communities lie outside formally protected areas, such as National Parks. And whilst work is being done at the national and state level to establish a comprehensive and representative reserve system representing the biodiversity of Australia, there is a wave of action from private landholders who are making a great contribution to protecting high conservation value areas - right in their own backyard.
WWF Australia's Rainforest Recovery program is working with a private landholder and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service to help conserve an important rainforest remnant on a scenic mountain top property, in south east Queensland.
Ben Barton, an information technology professional, recently purchased the beautiful 120ha property (which he's named 'Bartopia') in the picturesque rim of south east Queensland.
A vital vegetation corridor in Boonah will be protected by a new nature refuge announced today by Environment Minister, John Mickel.
Mr Mickel said south-east Queensland's natural environment was coming under increasing pressure because of the region's rapid population growth.
"The declaration of the Bartopia Nature Refuge highlights the importance of preserving open space and habitat in south east Queensland," Mr Mickel said.