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: $10,000

Fundraising update on the 31st of August 2020

Financial need: $10,000
Amount raised: $4,980
Remaining target: $5,200
Please donate now to close this road.

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. The development that followed resulted in the construction of over 50 km of roads and the building of hundreds of houses and two-thirds of the Lowland Daintree Rainforest was excluded from protection in the Daintree National Park and Wet Tropics World Heritage Area that was declared in 1988. 

With your support, we will close this service road

Now, a significant milestone in the long struggle to save the Daintree Rainforest is within reach as we begin closing and revegetating some of these roads. 

We will close and revegetate a service road off Cape Tribulation Road in Cow Bay in 2020, but only if we’ve raised the $10,000 needed to plant 1,000 trees. The cost of growing one tree in the nursery, site preparation, planting, and maintenance to ensure it survives is $10 per tree. We need your help to see this outcome achieved. Please donate now to close this road.

Please, help us permanently close this unused road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by planting 1,000 trees. When you donate $20, we will plant two trees on your behalf. A donation of $30 will plant three trees, a $50 donation will plant five trees and $100 will plant ten trees.

Please donate now to close this road.

Green Jobs Are the Answer to the Coronavirus Recession. 

Supporting this project will also create green jobs for local people in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Due to the Federal Government’s advice against non-essential travel access to the Daintree Lowland Rainforest via the Daintree Ferry is restricted to local residents and essential services from midday Thursday, March 26. This has had a dramatic impact on the local economy, however, we can turn this around and create employment while also caring for wildlife, climate, people, and the planet. The 1,000 trees will be planted by Daintree residents, Dave Pinson and Connie Kerr they will practice physical (social) distancing by completing this project themselves. 

Please donate now to close this road. 

         

         Dave Pinson and Connie Kerr of Daintree Life

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. The settlement of these properties 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 non-profit 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 of illegal dumping and camping and removal of the burden on Douglas Shire Council of costly maintenance.

Please donate now to close this road. 

The Solution

We are closing and revegetating unused service roads in Cow Bay, which will help restore such an area and see 1,000 trees planted. 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, so we need to raise $10,000 to plant out this road and return it to rainforest. Closure of roads in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest has been successful and we have already supported the closure of five service roads between November 2018 and April 2019. 

Please donate now to close this road.

 

Our partners, Daintree Life will manage the planting of 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. The Douglas Shire Council has approved the closure of this service road.  

Please donate now to close this road. 

Successful road closure and revegetation in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest 

 

Thank you HalfCut

The nonprofit organisation HalfCut is getting behind the campaign to close and revegetate roads in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Thanks to Jimmy and Jess and all the HalfCut supporters for their help. 

 

 


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