YOU DID IT!!
LOTS 11 AND 12 WILL BE PROTECTED FOREVER
Purchasing and protecting Lots 11 and 12 Forest Creek Road increases the area of the Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge and Forest Creek Wildlife Corridor
Both have National Park and World Heritage Area connectivity and the total size is around two hectares. Both possess significant biodiversity, including four species that have limited distribution. Thanks to Rainforest Rescuers all around the world, from business partners who put their money where their brand is to individuals who can make significant contributions to everyone who gave in any amount this habitat is protected forever.
We’re often asked about our strategy of purchasing individual parcels of rainforest and whether it makes much difference.
Buying individual parcels of rainforest land that is currently in private hands is the single best way to maintain and protect rainforest. It is very effective and in the Daintree it works as a ‘stop gap’ measure that ensures these properties are not developed and that they remain undisturbed; providing refugia for the rare and threatened species of the Daintree.
They also act as ‘buffers’ that prevent further rainforest eroding. It is akin to a wedge—a pristine and vital wedge. Buying such properties as Lots 11 and 12 is also key to our longer term strategy of acquiring and protecting small blocks that in time can be connected and wildlife corridors created.
This is exactly what we’ve seen—wildlife returning and biodiversity increasing—when such small parcels of rainforest properties are protected and pieced together in this way.
These corridors provide essential connectivity; protecting and sustaining the many rare and threatened species of the Daintree. Animals like the Spotted-Tail Quoll, Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo and the iconic Southern Cassowary, all benefit.
We first visited Lots 11 and 12 many years ago. They are both owned by the one property owner and over the years as we have purchased 9 neighbouring lots, the importance of Lots 11 and 12 has markedly increased.
So when these two connected rainforest properties became available for purchase, we returned to Lots 11 and 12 Forest Creek Road. Both these properties have had little disturbance. The canopy is intact and is typical of the forest in that general area.
Allen Sheather, our Ecological Advisor, has reported that in the context of the neighbouring lots and the quality of existing rainforest located there, these are ideal purchases and that their value to us, and to rainforest conservation more generally, is very significant.
You don’t need us to tell you that as our world gets more complex and our society more technologically advanced, it is easy to underestimate the fundamental role that tropical rainforests, like the Daintree, have.
Tropical rainforests regulate climate and global weather patterns. They are among Earth’s most precious resources. They have a profound influence on freshwater provision, climate stabilisation, pollination and food production, air quality, temperature, biodiversity, medicines and human health.
Globally, tropical deforestation and degradation have reduced the area covered by tropical rainforests from 12 percent to less than 5 percent of Earth’s land area. This is terrifying because the benefits obtained by healthy rainforest ecosystems underpin our very existence and are the pillars of planetary well-being.
Individually, it’s overwhelming. But collectively, when we purchase and protect precious parcels such as Lots 11 and 12, we can indeed help save the rainforests we love and protect them forever. Small local acts, can have global impact.
Wildlife such as Musky Rat-kangaroo (Hypsiprymnodon moschatus), Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), Spectacled Flying-fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) and Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus) have been seen or are known to live in the habitat of Lots 11 and 12 Forest Creek Road. Extending this Nature Refuge to protect them is crucial.
For over twenty years, Rainforest Rescue has worked to understand, value, and protect our tropical rainforests and during that time our primary focus has been on the most ancient of rainforests, the Daintree.
Working alongside members of the local community, guided by impeccable scientists, and in consultation with Indigenous elders from the region, we’ve developed best practices for the protection of rainforests and creation of contiguous nature corridors.
But, it is only thanks to the consistent and regular support that every Rainforest Rescue supporter provides which means we can do this. These donations empowered us to buy these two very precious parcels of rainforest.
It’s in our nature to protect. With the help of Rainforest Rescuers – people like you – we are significantly protecting pristine habitat for Nature and achieving strong wins for biodiversity. Visit our Protection Portfolio page for a full list of properties protected by Rainforest Rescue since 1999.