Road Closure to Save the Daintree Rainforest

Project Snapshot

Location: Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Action: Road Closure and Revegetation

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Bennetts Tree-kangaroo, Striped Possum 
Habitat: Lowland Tropical Rainforest
Threats: Development, domestic dogs, weeds, illegal camping and dumping
Our Partner: Daintree Life
Total Cost of Project: $60,000

Road Closure to Save the Daintree

Closing and revegetation roads in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. 

For the Daintree, this is a game changer!

In the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, 50 kilometers of roads were constructed to service a subdivision created in the 1980’s. Thanks to the ongoing successful buyback of land for conservation we can now begin closing some of these roads! This is a game changer for the conservation of the Daintree Rainforest. After decades of struggle, we’ve reached a tipping point and if we can keep up the momentum we can turn back the impacts of the disastrous subdivision.

Right now, in Cow Bay, we have an opportunity to partially close Silkwood Road. The Douglas Shire Council have given their approval, but only on the condition that we restore the rainforest and not let it revert to weeds.

We need your help to close the end of Silkwood Road and replant the rainforest. To do that I need to plant 6,000 trees. To grow, plant and maintain one tree is just $10. To establish 6,000 trees I need to raise $60,000.

Please, will you help to close part of Silkwood Road. Each $10 raised will plant one tree and enable us to close part of the road.  Please make a tax-deductible donation now.

 
The end of Silkwood Road. This part of the road will be closed and revegetated. 
This section of Silkwood Road in Cow Bay is ready to be closed and revegetated. It is known habitat for the endangered Cassowary, the Bennets Tree-kangaroo and Striped Possums have been regularly sighted here. The end of the road adjoins the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area. 
Please, will you help to close part of Silkwood Road. Each $10 raised will plant one tree and enable us to close part of the road.  Please make a tax-deductible donation now.
Dave Pinson of Daintree Life on Silkwood Road. 
We will plant 6,000 trees to close the end of Silkwood Road and to revegetate a 13m wide strip of introduced Guinea Grass (Megathyrsus maximus). 
Please, will you help to close part of Silkwood Road. Each $10 raised will plant one tree and enable us to close part of the road.  Please make a tax-deductible donation now.

Kelvin Davies on what was once a road in the Daintree Rainforest. 

This was once a road running through the heart of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. In the 1980's a developer created an 1,100-lot rural residential subdivision in the heart of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Over 50 km of roads were built which fragmented the rainforest and remain a threat to wildlife through vehicle strikes.  

Background

In the mid-1980's the Queensland government approved an 1,100 lot rural residential subdivision in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in Far North Queensland. This resulted in two-thirds of the 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 resulted in the construction of over 50 km of roads and the building of hundreds of houses.

A significant milestone in the long struggle to save the Daintree Rainforest is now within reach as we have the opportunity to begin closing and revegetating some of these roads. We need your help to see this outcome achieved.

Threat to Wildlife, Climate, People and Planet

The creation of a network of roads in the 1980’s to support development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest was an ecological disaster. Settlement has fragmented the rainforest, introduced exotic plants that have become weeds and domestic dogs and traffic that are a threat to wildlife.

Land purchase in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest for conservation has been occurring since 1993 and hundreds of properties have been acquired by nonprofit organisations and governments. The purchase of a significant number of strategically located properties has made some roads obsolete and we can now begin closing and revegetate roads that are no longer required and wind back these negative impacts of development. It will also restore rainforest habitat for wildlife including the Southern Cassowaries, Spectacled Flying-fox, Striped Possums, Bennetts Tree-kangaroos and Musky Rat-kangaroos. Other benefits from the road closure and revegetation include improved tourism amenity, cessation illegal dumping and camping and removal of the burden on Douglas Shire Council of costly maintenance.

A service road in Cow Bay ready to be closed and revegetated. 

The Solution

In conjunction with Daintree Life we will revegetate unused roads in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by planting trees. This will help create a buffer for the Daintree National Park and increase habitat for wildlife. The cost of growing, planting, and maintenance is $10 per tree. Our partners, Daintree Life will manage the planting of the trees and will hold community planting days that will see Indigenous elders, traditional owner families, and members of the local community all working together to plant the trees. Daintree Life will also care for the trees for three years to ensure they survive and thrive. All of the trees are propagated from seeds sourced from nearby trees and the planting is designed to achieve canopy closure to exclude weeds.

Happy Daintree tree planters, Jesica Clarke and James Stanton-Cooke


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