If we could buy just one property in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest for conservation Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road at Diwan would be the one. The endangered Cassowary, rare Bennett’s Tree-kangaroo, and the Musky Rat-kangaroo are all found here, however, on this 8.0937-hectare property, it is the rainforest itself that is exceptionally important.Read more
Rare, endangered, and endemic, the plants found on Lot 157 Cape Tribulation Road justify its immediate purchase and protection.Read more
On my most recent visit to the Daintree Rainforest, I went to see a property I was planning to purchase for conservation only to find someone else has beaten us to it. The outcome is devastating.Read more
Planting trees provides hope of a positive future for Wildlife, Climate, People, and the Planet. Over the last month, we've been busy planting trees at four locations in Far North Queensland and Northern New South Wales.Read more
On the 3rd of June, we launched an appeal to purchase and protect an extremely important Daintree Rainforest property at Lot 155 Cape Tribulation Road. We are getting closer to our goal of raising $220,875 thanks to the support of many wonderful donors and some special new partners.Read more
If we act now, we can save an extremely important Daintree Rainforest property that provides habitat for the endangered Cassowary and an amazing 240 species of plants. We’ll also reverse the impact of the disastrous rural residential subdivision that carved up two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest into freehold properties.Read more
Partnership with Kuku Yalanji people, Rainforest Reserves Australia, AUSTROP, HalfCut and Rainforest 4 has protected a piece of ancient landscape which is home to more than 170 species of plant and endangered animals like the Southern Cassowary,Read more
We’ve provided answers to the most frequently asked questions on the purchase and protection of Lot 155 Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.Read more
The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is the oldest rainforests on Earth and contains exceptionally high biodiversity. This was confirmed once again by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch as he surveyed Lot 330 Cape Tribulation Road to ensure it was a priority for purchase and inclusion in the Daintree National Park.Read more
Location: Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Action: Road Closure and Revegetation between November 2018 and April 2019.
Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Bennetts Tree-kangaroo
Habitat: Lowland Tropical Rainforest
Threats: Development, domestic dogs, weeds, illegal camping and dumping
Our Partner: Daintree Life
Total Cost of Project: $60,000
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. Through successful land buyback programs that began in 1992, some of these roads can now be closed as all of the surrounding lands have been purchased and added to the Daintree National Park.
Between November 2018 and April 2019, five service roads in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest were permanently closed and revegetated with the planting of 4,692 trees, This was supported by the Douglas Shire Council. The planting also helped heal gaps or ‘scars’ in the rainforest canopy and as the rainforest trees grow they'll provide habitat for wildlife including the Southern Cassowaries, Bennett’s Tree-kangaroos, between November 2018 and May 2019. and Boyd’s Forest Dragons.
Service Road 1 (DL043B south). Before: Site prepared and ready for planting in November 2018.
During. Volunteers planting out this service road.
After: 1,146 trees successfully established.
Service Road 2 (DL042A). Planted in January 2019 with 1,060 trees.
Service Road 3 (DL042B) Planted in January 2019 with 760 trees.
Service Road 4 (DL042D South). Planted in January 2019 with 181 trees.
Service Road 4 (DLO43A North) Planted in January 2019 with 560 trees.
Service Road 5 (DL042C). Planted in April 2019 with 985 trees.
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 of some of these properties have 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.
We are closing and revegetating unused service roads. This will help create a buffer for the Daintree National Park and increase habitat for wildlife.
Our partners, Daintree Life managed the planting of the trees and will also undertake maintenance 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. Daintree Life also had the support of Reforest Now inc and the Foundation for Australia's Most Endangered Species Ltd. The Rainforest 4 Foundation is supporting Daintree Life to maintain the planted trees for the next three years to ensure they survive.
The Douglas Shire Council has approved the closure of these service roads.