Location: Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Action: Road Closure and Revegetation
Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary, Bennetts Tree-kangaroo, between November 2018 and April.
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.
The Douglas Shire Council has approved the closure of these service roads.
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Location: North Sumatra, Indonesia
Action: Removal of Oil Palms and Habitat Restoration
Area: One hectare
Price per tree: $1
Threatened Species: Sumatran Orangutan, Sumatran Tiger, Sumatran Elephant
Habitat: Lowland Tropical Rainforest
Threats: Loss of habitat, oil palm plantations, illegal hunting and logging
Our Partner: Orangutan Information Centre
Total Cost of Project: $10,000
Oil Palm plantations are expanding all over the island of Sumatra devastating the rainforest habitat and the world-renowned Leuser Eco-system in North Sumatra is now under threat. If we want the Sumatran orangutan to survive we must protect their most viable remaining rainforest habitat. We must take direct action to protect the boundaries of the Gunung Leuser National Park.
Time is running out for Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutans with their population now reduced to 14,600 individuals. To save the Sumatran Orangutan we are evicting oil palm companies from the Gunung Leuser National Park, cutting down oil palms with chainsaws, replanting the rainforest and maintaining a physical presence to prevent illegal activities like logging, poaching and hunting.
Threat to Wildlife, Climate, People and Planet
The 2.6 million-hectare Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia is the last place on Earth where orangutans, rhinoceros, elephants and tigers co-exist in the wild. Sun bears and many other animal species are found there too, along with a great diversity of plants, estimated at 10,000 species with 17 endemic genera.
The Sumatran orangutan is now listed as a Critically Endangered and its population has dropped to 14,600 individuals. The primary cause of their rapid decline is the loss of rainforest habitat. This destruction is occurring through the clearing of rainforest to establish more oil palm plantations. Even the World Heritage listed Gunung Leuser National Park in North Sumatra has been encroached by greedy oil palm companies.
The Orangutan Information Centre is an Indonesian non-government organisation dedicated to the conservation of the Sumatran Orangutan and their rainforest homes. With our help, they are actively restoring rainforest inside the Gunung Leuser National Park that has been illegally encroached upon by palm oil companies and small-scale farmers who have now been evicted. Their team is now actively restoring hundreds of hectares of rainforest as habitat for Sumatran orangutans and other threatened species.
The Orangutan Information Centre rainforest restoration team live on-site 24/7 in the restoration field cabins. Plant nurseries are located adjacent to the cabins and local people are employed in propagating and growing trees. This presence deters further illegal encroachment along the borders of the Gunung Leuser National Park. Through doing this work the Orangutan Information Centre are also saving the intact rainforest by stopping further encroachment of the national park and deforestation of the Leuser Ecosystem. Restoring rainforest will also help address Climate Change. Every tree that’s planted takes carbon out of the atmosphere through a natural process called bio-sequestration.
The Orangutan Information Centre has removed thousands of illegally planted oil palms. This land is now being replanted with rainforest trees. To continue this work, we are restoring an additional four hectares of the rainforest by planting 10,000 trees which will be supplemented by natural regeneration.
We are now raising $10,000, which will enable the planting of another 10,000 trees to keep this successful program going and growing. It will involve site preparation, planting, maintenance for three years, monitoring and reporting.
Please make a tax-deductible donation today to help us plant trees for the Critically Endangered Sumatran Orangutan. Each $20 we raise will plant 20 trees in the Gunung Leuser National Park.