1,000 Trees for the Endangered Cassowary

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Location: Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland, Australia
Action: Revegetation of Lot 11 Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary
Habitat: Lowland Tropical Rainforest
Total Cost of Project: $10,000

Fundraising update on the 7th of September 2021

Financial need: $10,000

Amount raised: $100

Remaining target: $9,900

Please donate now to keep this project growing. 

With your help, we will restore areas of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest where clearing has occurred in the past. This will 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 to establish 1,000 trees we need to raise $10,000. 

Please donate now to get this project growing. Every $10 will establish one tree for the endangered Cassowary. 

The problem

The number one threat to the endangered Southern Cassowary is the loss of its rainforest habitat. Past clearing has destroyed rainforest habitat and now the Southern Cassowary is a Threatened species. 

In 1982 the Queensland government approved a 1,137-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. This created Lot 11 Buchanan Creek Road. The rainforest on this property was partially cleared in preparation for the construction of a house. Fortunately, the development never occurred however a large clearing on the property remains.

The Solution

We will establish 1,000 rainforest trees to restore the rainforest to Lot 11 as a habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary.

Starting in October we will:

  • Remove the weeds from Lot 11 Buchanan Creek Road.
  • Plant 1,000 rainforest trees.
  • Then, for the next three years will care for the trees to ensure they all survive. This will involve eliminating competition by removing weeds that germinate on the site.

Planting trees to restore the Daintree Rainforest is of direct benefit to the Cassowary. Cassowaries are frugivores and the fruits of tropical rainforest plants represent 98% of their diet (they also eat invertebrates and fungi).

Please donate now to get this project growing. Every $10 will establish one tree for the endangered Cassowary. 

Tree planting in the Daintree Rainforest will fill in the gaps

What type of trees are chosen?

The species of trees are chosen specifically for the tree planting site. Tree species selection is determined by an ecologist and botanist who chooses the appropriate native trees based on the forest type in the area, availability of sunlight, existing plant competition, presence of animals and insects. A mixed selection of native rainforest trees will be planted including may that produce fruits for the Southern Cassowary.

Please donate now to get this project growing. Every $10 will establish one tree for the endangered Cassowary. 

Have we done this before?

Yes, we have been actively involved in the revegetation of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and have completed many successful projects.

Successful Daintree Rainforest tree planting funded by generous donors

Are Indigenous and local communities involved? 

Yes. The Jabalbina Rangers will remove the weeds, dig all the holes and maintain the trees. We will invite local people to join us as volunteers in planting the trees.

We will achieve the outcomes of this project through our partnership with the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation. They represent the Traditional Owners of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest, the Kuku Yalanji people.

Please donate now to get this project growing. Every $10 will establish one tree for the endangered Cassowary. 

Successful road closure and revegetation in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest 

Thank you HalfCut

The nonprofit project partner HalfCut is joining us in restoring the Daintree Lowland Rainforest through the PSS Challenge. Thanks to Jimmy and Jess and all the HalfCut supporters for their help.