You’ve answered our call to help buyback Lot 305 Cypress Road in the Daintree Rainforest! On the 14th of November, we launched our crowdfunding campaign and just ten days later we’ve reached the $25,000 target.
Kate from We Are Explorers and Kelvin Davies of Rainforest 4 Foundation - Photo by Connie Kerr
On the 14th of November, with our friends at We Are Explorers we launched a Crowdfunding Campaign to purchase Lot 305 Cypress Road in Cow Bay in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Through the support of 315 amazing donors, we’ve now reached the $25,000 target. Thank you to everyone that made this happen! Donations ranged everywhere from $2.5 (saving one sqm) to $1,000. Together you’ve protected this incredibly important and beautiful rainforest property in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.
Lot 305 Cypress Road, Cow Bay is 1 ha in size and is covered by tropical rainforest. Buying and protecting this property is a fantastic outcome for conservation as it connects to the Daintree National Park, is in pristine condition and provides vital habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
Fan Palm forest is one of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and most endangered ecosystems which gave us extra motivation to purchase and protect Lot 305 in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Very little of this habitat 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.
Prior to making a commitment to purchase of Lot 305 Cypress Road we wanted to be reassured of its conservation values. A vegetation survey was undertaken on the 2nd of September 2019 by ecologist and botanist Kristopher Kupsch. He 145 native species including four Threatened species, Climbing Pandanus, Ant Plant. Noah’s Walnut and the Thornton Aspen.
Lot 305 Cypress Road in the Daintree Rainforest - Photo by Steven Nowakowski
Settlement on the purchase of Lot 305 Cypress Road can now be scheduled for early 2020. Then the process to transfer the property to the Queensland Government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park will begin. The Rainforest 4 Foundation and the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation are working together to achieve this outcome.
Thank you, Henry and Kate and all of the team at We Are Explorers for the fantastic effort in creating the crowdfunding campaign.
We Are Explorers is an adventure media company spreading the power and excitement of outdoor adventure to 1m+ people every month by producing content and activations. As their contribution to the community they created and are managing a crowdfunding campaign to help us purchase and protect Lot 305 Cypress Road.
There are still many properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that need to be purchased and protected and as we still have 21 days left of the Crowdfunding campaign we're going to stretch the target so we can purchase and protect another property in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest.
The Daintree Rainforest property we've identified for the next purchase is chosen is at Lot 390 Maple Road in Cow Bay. This property has exceptional natural values. A survey of the Lowland Tropical Rainforest on Lot 390 Maple Road has identified 207 species of plants. This forest type also provides "Essential Habitat" for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.
Please, help us raise $25,000 to purchase and protect Lot 390 Maple Road and make a donation now.
Lot 305 Cypress Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest - Picture by Steven Nowakowski
For information in the purchase and protection of the next Daintree Rainforest property, please see our project page.