LAND PURCHASE TO SAVE THE DAINTREE RAINFOREST

PURCHASE OF LOT 8 BUCHANAN CREEK ROAD, COW BAY IN THE DAINTREE LOWLAND RAINFOREST

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Action: Purchase and protection of Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road (Lot 8 RP 737 397)

Area: 1 hectare  

Location: Cow Bay, Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland

Vegetation type: Regional Ecosystem 7.11.5 of Eucalyptus pellita and Corymbia intermedia with areas of vine forest on lowlands and foothills.

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Macleay's Fig-parrot, Noah's Walnut, China Camp Laurel, Grey's Walnut

Fundraising update for the 6th of December 2021.

Target to purchase and protect this property: $213,900

Amount raised: $104,954

Remaining target: $108,946

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

The high biodiversity and spectacular tropical rainforest at Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road justify its immediate purchase and protection. The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a living museum and Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road is an important refuge for biodiversity. 

Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road at Cow Bay shares a boundary with the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area. Undeveloped freehold properties in the Daintree should not be left in the ownership of people who would destroy the rainforest. Development for housing fragments the rainforest and has negative on impacts the surrounding rainforest.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

The rainforest on this freehold property is of equal value to the adjoining Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area

Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road is an at-risk freehold property that can be developed for housing subject to approval by the Douglas Shire Council just as nearby properties have been in the past. Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road was created through the subdivision of land in 1982. It has been resold a number of times. Fortunately, the multiple owners failed to realise their homebuilding dreams. The property is reasonably flat and in preparing for building a previous owner created a road and cleared a house pad. Now we have the opportunity to purchase this property and ensure the rainforest is protected from the threat of development and the small clearing restored to wildlife habitat.  

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Kelvin Davies on Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road

Kelvin Davies with Fan Palms on Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road

A feature of the property is the many beautiful Fan Palms (Licuala ramsayi) and Zamia Ferns (Bowenia spectabilis). 

Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road is located at Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Buying land in this location helps us to reverse the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision.

We are focusing our efforts at Cow Bay as scientists have identified this area as providing an “Essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary”.

Cassowaries have been recently sighted on Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road and on nearby properties.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Southern Cassowary in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest

The mapping of Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road indicated Regional Ecosystem 7.11.5 dominated by Eucalyptus pellita and Corymbia intermedia with areas of vine forest on lowlands and foothills. Our survey found sclerophyll species of trees mostly absent indicating the last fire occurred in the distant past. The majority of the vegetation is significantly denser being a diverse rainforest. Since fire is now seldom experienced in the Daintree lowlands it is assumed that this forest habitat will omit the remaining Sclerophyll species as time lengthens.

Our survey of Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road identified the presence of the Cooper Creek Haplostichanthus (Polyalthia xanthocarpa) which grows as an understorey shrub to 3m in height. It is endemic to the rainforests of the Daintree lowlands and the large majority of records come from the vicinity of the Cow Bay - Cape Tribulation area. It is a recently described species formally recognised in 2007 as Haplostichanthus ramiflorus and then redescribed as Polyalthia xanthocarpa in 2012.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Polyalthia xanthocarpa

Cooper Creek Haplostichanthus

We found many specimens of the Black Plam (Normanbya normanbyi) on Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road. This single-stemmed palm grows up to 30 m tall and the fruits are eaten by the endangered Southern Cassowary.

In 1988 the Daintree National Park was expanded and was included in the Wet Tropics Work Heritage Area. This should have seen the rainforest at Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road protected forever. However, two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, the land between the Daintree River and Cow Bay had been carved up for a rural residential subdivision in 1982 and was excluded from World Heritage listing. 

Protecting Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road at Cow Bay will be a fantastic outcome for conservation as it will prevent another house from being built in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Fruit of the Black Palm 

A subdivision was carved into the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in 1982. This created Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road and hundreds of other rural residential lots at Cow Bay. The houses that have been built here fragment the rainforest and occupation brings domestic dogs and exotic plants. This has damaged one of the most significant areas of tropical rainforests in Australia.

Due to COVID-19 development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is escalating. The tropical rainforest is being cleared for housing development. In response, we have purchased sixteen properties for conservation in the last two years.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Clearing in Cow Bay in June 2021

Together, we can ensure this development won’t go any further. All we need to do is buy this freehold property and add protect it in the Daintree National Park estate.

We have exchanged a contract to buy this property so the land can be protected in the Daintree National Park estate. However, we only have until the 15th of November so I absolutely must raise the funds by that date. We have purchased sixteen Daintree Rainforest properties in the past two years, we cannot stop now. If we don't keep up the pace, many more properties will be lost to development. 

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

Kelvin Davies on Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road

Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road

If you have any questions about the purchase and protection of Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road at Cow Bay, please see our frequently asked questions page or email me at [email protected] or call Kelvin Davies during business hours at 0437 423 119.

Thank you for helping to Save the Daintree Rainforest. 

For the Daintree Rainforest,

Kelvin Davies

Founder

Rainforest 4 Foundation

P.S. You can donate now online or if you want to donate with a cheque/money order or through a direct deposit please see our Ways to Donate page.

THANK YOU TO HALFCUT

This project to purchase and protect land in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is a partnership involving the Rainforest 4 Foundation, Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporationand fellow non-profit HalfCut.

Thanks to HalfCut and their wonderful supporters. The fundraising success of HalfCut 2021 has enabled us to purchase multiple properties and to pay a deposit on Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road at Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE DAINTREE LOWLAND RAINFOREST 

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests on Earth having survived undisturbed for over 120 million years. It holds exceptionally high biodiversity and conservation value and is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia.

Rainforests once covered much of eastern Australia, however, as conditions became drier the rainforest contracted and today the Daintree provides a refuge for many unique species. The Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, Musky Rat-kangaroo, and the Southern Cassowary can be found here, as well a number of endemic plant species that have retained the same primitive characteristics of their ancestors. The flora of the Daintree contains an almost complete record of the evolution of plant life on Earth, including extremely ancient flowering plant families found nowhere else.

In 1982 the Queensland government approved an 1,137-lot rural residential subdivision in the Daintree. This resulted in two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest being excluded from protection in the Daintree National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that was declared in 1988. The development that followed has resulted in fragmentation of the rainforest with the construction of roads and the building of hundreds of houses. Settlement has introduced exotic plants that have become weeds and domestic dogs and traffic that are a threat to wildlife. Because the land in question is in private ownership, the only option to resolve the issue has been the purchase and protection of additional lands to expand Daintree National Park.

Our vision for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is to buy back land to remove the threat of further development and to address the impact of past development while supporting the Traditional Owners, the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in caring for country.

While we purchase land at risk of development for housing we also purchase other freehold properties without development approvals to reverse the impacts of the disastrous subdivision by closing and revegetating obsolete roads.

Since 1992 non-profit organisations have purchased seventy-five properties for conservation. 

Threat to Wildlife, Climate People and Planet

Daintree Rainforest is regarded as an iconic national treasure for its unique evolutionary history and tremendous conservation value. A number of rare and endangered species are found within Daintree National Park, including the Southern Cassowary, large flightless birds that in Australia are found only in the wet tropical rainforests of Queensland. Southern Cassowaries consume over 150 different fruits and play a vital role as seed dispersers in the rainforest. Due to the destruction and fragmentation of their rainforest habitats, these large charismatic birds are classified as Vulnerable to extinction.

More than 430 other bird species have also been recorded in Daintree National Park, including rare or range-restricted species like the Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher and the Lesser Sooty Owl, making the Daintree a Globally Important Bird Area. Many unique marsupials, reptiles, and amphibians are also found in the Daintree Rainforest including the Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, Musky Rat-kangaroo, Spotted-tailed Quoll, and Boyd’s Forest Dragon.

A risk to the Daintree comes from development for housing and fragmentation of the rainforest, which jeopardises the integrity of the ecosystem with increased human traffic and the introduction of exotic species. Expanding settlement results in the spread of exotic plants that become weeds and stress to wildlife from human traffic and introduced dogs. Further buyback of land for conservation is required urgently as there are calls for an upgrade to Cape Tribulation Road, to build a bridge over the Daintree River, and to provide a reticulated electricity supply that would all lead to further development.

The purchase of additional properties will prevent further development to these sensitive areas while protecting and restoring critical habitat for wildlife. It will also allow for winding back past development through the closing of roads and the revegetation of land as habitat for Threatened species.

Solution

We have identified this property at Lot 18 Daley Close at Kimberley as a priority acquisition. We are working to purchase and transfer ownership of land to the Daintree National Park. This will strengthen protection for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, help reverse the negative impacts of rural residential development, and offer the best path forward for ensuring the world’s most ancient rainforest continues to thrive for generations to come.

Buying land in the Daintree helps us to reverse the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision. All donations are tax-deductible, and receipts will be issued.

Please, make your tax-deductible donation now to help purchase and protect Lot 8 Buchannan Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.

 

 

  • Kelvin Davies
    published this page in Projects 2021-10-26 16:10:37 +1100