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.
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On the 24th of November, we set out to raise the funds to buy Lot 390 Maple Road in Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of people in Australia and around the world we reached our goal of raising $25,000! Settlement on the purchase of Lot 390 maple Road occurred on Monday the 23rd of February 2020.Read more
We have an opportunity to buy a Daintree Rainforest property for only $25,000. Lot 390 Maple Road, Cow Bay is 1 ha in size and is covered by tropical rainforest. Buying and protecting this property will be a fantastic outcome for conservation as it connects to the Daintree National Park. A survey by ecologist Kristopher Kupsch found it to be an ideal habitat for Cassowaries.Read more
FUNDRAISING FOR THIS PROJECT WAS COMPLETED IN NOVEMBER 2019 AND PURCHASE OCCURED IN APRIL 2020.
Location: Queensland, Australia
Purchase of Lot 305 Cypress Road, Cow Bay
Area: 1 hectare
Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Ant Plant, Noahs Walnut, Climbing Pandanus Thornton Aspen
Habitat: Lowland tropical rainforest with endangered Fan Palm ecosystem RE 7.3.7.
Threats: Development for housing, domestic dogs, weeds
Lot 305 Cypress Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest - Picture by Steven Nowakowski
Lot 305 Cypress Road, Cow Bay is 1 ha in size and is completely covered by tropical rainforest. Buying and protecting this property will be a fantastic outcome for conservation. It connects to the Daintree National Park, is in pristine condition, and is vital habitat for the Endangered Cassowary.
Buying land in this location helps us to wind back the impacts of the disastrous 1980’s rural residential subdivision. We are focusing our efforts on Cow Bay as scientists have identified this area as being the highest priority for conservation. It has some of the highest levels of biodiversity and the highest densities of Cassowaries in Australia.
Through our Land Purchase to Save the Daintree National Park project, we are buying land and adding properties to the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area and are helping to preserve critical Cassowary habitat.
Following the purchase of this property, it will be gifted to the Queensland Government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park.
Lot 305 Cypress Road is a freehold property that was zoned by the Douglas Shire Council as suitable for development. The property is 1 ha in size (10,000 sqm). With a purchase price of $25,000.
Prior to making a commitment to purchase of Lot 305 Cypress Road in Cow Bay we wanted to be reassured of its conservation values.
A vegetation survey was undertaken of Lot 305 Cypress Road, Cow Bay on the 2nd of September 2019 by ecologist and botanist Kristopher Kupsch. He found the vegetation to be remnant (not regrowth or disturbed) with a well development intact assemblage of 145 native species.
The vegetation Regional Ecosystem (RE) mapping by The Department of Environment and Science, Queensland Herbarium is mostly consistent with the site appraisal and much of the vegetation on Lot 305 is Fan Palm dominated tropical rainforest. This is classified as closed forest RE 7.3.7. and the Queensland Government has listed this vegetation type as “Endangered” under the Vegetation Management Act 1999. The Queensland government indicates “very little of this habitat (RE 7.3.7) remains” with an estimated 9,000 hectares prior to clearing and 1,000 hectares remaining in 2017. This Fan Palm dominated vegetation type solely occurs between Cardwell and Cape Tribulation and what remains, less than half is within reserves.
Thank you to the generous donors who funded the purchase and protection of this Daintree Rainforest Property. Thanks also to our friends at We Are Explorers for their wonderful support and to everyone that donated to the crowdfunding campaign in October 2019. You did it!
You can learn more about our project Land Purchase to Save the Daintree here.
Lot 305 Cypress Road in the Daintree Rainforest - Photo by Steven Nowakowski
Please make a donation now to help purchase the next Daintree Rainforest property.
Ecologist Kristopher Kupsch surveyed Lot 390 Maple Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and found an ideal habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary.Read more
Fan Palm forest is one of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and, in a land, where bushfires and all too common they provide a welcome oasis for the mind. They are also one of our most endangered ecosystems which has given us extra motivations to purchase and protect Lot 305 Cypress Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.Read more