Future generations of Australians will inherit a little more rainforest thanks to Rainforest Rescue’s recent purchase of its 16th Daintree Rainforest property on 17 May.
Rainforest Rescue CEO Kelvin Davies said the settlement of Lot 82 Rosewood Road in Cow Bay represents a milestone for the Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project.
“Together with six other rainforest properties we have purchased, the addition of Lot 82 expands a vital rainforest corridor – the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge”, he said.
“This corridor connects two isolated parts of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area and is crucial for wildlife such as the Endangered Southern Cassowary.”
As well as being strategically located, Lot 82 Rosewood Road harbours amazing diversity; 135 species of plants grow on the block, among them some impressive canopy trees anchored to the ground by giant buttress roots.
“Lot 82 had building approval. It will now be protected forever. The rainforest will be looked after, not bulldozed for rural residential development,” said Mr Davies.
Mr Davies accepts that people need to live somewhere but questions why, in a developed, environmentally-informed country like Australia, we continue to clear rainforest and build houses and infrastructure right in the middle of it. “Let’s leave something for nature and something for future generations of Australians.”
Rainforest Rescue was founded in 1998. The small, non-government, not-for-profit organisation relies on donations from individuals, corporate sponsors and philanthropic grants to purchase private blocks of Daintree Lowland Rainforest ear-marked for development.
“Brookfarm is delighted that we and our customers can continue to assist Rainforest Rescue with the ongoing work in preserving Australia’s tropical rainforests through the sale of our Brookfarm Muesli Bars and Walkabout Mix snack products,” said Martin Brook, co-owner of Brookfarm; a long-term supporter of the project.
Rainforest Rescue is committed to buying all freehold rainforest in the Daintree by 2030.
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