Lot 46 – A Restoration Success Story
Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road is a 28-hectare property that was purchased by Rainforest Rescue in August 2010 and restored through great effort and commitment by hundreds of supporters and volunteers and staff. It’s a world-class example of how effective restoration can recreate a natural ecosystem.
Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road is located north of the Alexandra Range in what is referred to as the Cooper Creek Precinct. The property is bordered by the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area on its western boundary and other conservation blocks to the north, east, and south. It lies at the base of Thornton Peak, the third-highest peak in Queensland.
Under the Qld Government’s Regional Mapping Scheme the property is located within biodiversity precinct 3B Coopers Creek, one of the three highest priority precincts in the Daintree Lowlands. The property exhibits Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10 which is described as being ‘complex mesophyll vine forest’ which is listed as ‘endangered’ under the Qld Vegetation Management Act 1999.
As a result of a long history of abuse from a combination of clearing, grazing, and oil palm cultivation, the property required extensive restoration. When we bought the property vegetation was in varying states of disturbance and succession, including remnant vegetation, secondary regrowth, and continually cleared/disrupted land.
Between 2010 and 2014, Rainforest Rescue restored the property through our Daintree Plant a Rainforest Project. Over 40,000 trees were planted and as weeds were removed, another 50,000 or so naturally regenerated.
Our Restoration efforts have achieved significant conservation outcomes consistent with the objectives outlined in the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010 – 2030 along with other state and regional strategies.
Conservation outcomes include:
• an increase in biodiversity levels through expanding native habitat
• protecting and enhancing native vegetation through assisted natural regeneration
• restoring habitat connectivity in an area that has 122 threatened, rare, and endangered species including the cassowary
• linking protected areas (the property backs onto the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area)
• managing threats to biodiversity including invasive weed species
• an increase in knowledge of local species diversity through seed collection and plant propagation at our Daintree Plant Nursery
• documenting best practice in rainforest rehabilitation, restoration, and revegetation techniques to be shared with the community, government, and industry
• contributing to ongoing research in the areas of cassowary recovery, and dynamics of succession and biodiversity in rainforest plantings
• the purchase of this property was purchased through a bank loan
• Nature Refuge Status achieved in March 2021 – click here to view the media release
‘This project provides one of the best global examples, of full property restoration in a critically important area with very high biodiversity values, that I have ever seen. It is a stand-out in terms of taking degraded land back toward rainforest, and through time will continue to accumulate structure, diversity, and habitat features that will contribute to local and regional conservation outcomes.’
– Dr Robert Kooyman,
Rainforest Rescue’s Scientific Advisor and one of Australia’s most foremost rainforest experts
We invite you to learn more about the restoration of Lot 46:
ABC Far North special profile “Rainforest Rescue: Transforming a derelict farm into rainforest.”
How an oil palm plantation owned by Christopher Skase was replanted by hand and transformed into a lush rainforest on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park.
ABC Landline Special Report, Rainforest Rescue: Transforming a derelict farm into rainforest.
This wonderful story features the restoration of Lot 46 – a project undertaken ten years ago that saw a derelict palm oil plantation restored into thriving rainforest.
Joe’s restoration journal A restoration project from the heart, for the heart of the Daintree – “Each time I drove past the ‘for sale’ sign my heart filled with dread. My biggest concern was the possibility that private investors would buy and destroy the remaining rainforest on the property.”
Nature Refuge Certification was achieved in March 2021 ensuring that this impeccable example of ‘best practices rainforest restoration’ is protected forever and supports the flora & fauna of the Lower Daintree Rainforest.
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