1,000 Trees for the Endangered Cassowary

PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Location: Daintree Lowland Rainforest, Queensland, Australia

Action: Planting 1,000 trees on Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay, in the Daintree Rainforest

Threatened Species: Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii)

Habitat: Lowland Tropical Rainforest

Total Cost of Project: $10,000

Fundraising update on the 29th of September 2022

Financial need: $10,000

Amount raised: $220

Remaining target: $9,780

The Southern Cassowary is a Threatened species. 

With your help, we will plant 1,000 rainforest trees to restore habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest where clearing has occurred in the past. This will help the rainforest recover from the impacts of fragmentation and increase habitat for wildlife. The cost of growing, planting, and maintenance for one tree is $10, 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 and restore habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary. 

The problem

The Southern Cassowary is listed as a Threatened species. This has come about through the loss and degradation of its rainforest habitat.

In 1982 the Queensland government approved a 1,136-lot rural residential subdivision in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest in Far North Queensland. Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road is one of these properties. The rainforest on this property was partially cleared in preparation for the construction of a house. Fortunately, the development never occurred and we have purchased the property, however, a large clearing remains.

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

The Solution

We will establish 1,000 rainforest trees to restore the rainforest to Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road for Southern Cassowary.

In December 2022 we will:

  • Remove the weeds from Lot 8 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

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

What type of trees are chosen?

Tree species selection is determined by an ecologist who chooses the appropriate native trees based on the rainforest type in this location. A mixed selection of native rainforest trees will be planted including may that produce fruits for the Southern Cassowary and the fruits of tropical rainforest plants represent 98% of their diet. Through managing the vegetation and controlling weeds we expect natural regeneration to occur and this will complement the planted trees. 

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

Tree planting on Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road will fill in the gaps

Have we done this before?

Yes, we are actively involved in the revegetation of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and planted 1,000 trees on Lot 93 Cape Tribulation Road in April 2022. Please read about the outcome here

Tree planting on a Daintree property acquired for conservation 

Are Indigenous and local communities involved? 

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

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

Jababina Rangers helping to plant trees in the Daintree Rainforest

Thank you HalfCut

The nonprofit project partner HalfCut is supporting the restoration of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Thanks to Jimmy and Jess and all the HalfCut supporters.