Meet Grant Morrison – our New Daintree Land Manager
Please welcome Grant Morrison to the Rainforest Rescue team. He’s responsible for all of the properties you’ve helped us rescue and he’s in charge of our restoration activities.
What brought you to Rainforest Rescue and how do you feel about the organisation?
I moved up to the Daintree 3 years ago when I came up for a holiday and fell in love with the rainforest. When a opportunity became available to work for Rainforest rescue I was very excited because it will mean I could do something I am very passionate about and that is to help protect and restore this beautiful place we live in.
What’s your favourite aspect of managing the rescued properties and our restoration projects?
At the moment my favourite aspect is working with my Partner (Marine) at the nursery, watching the process from seed to trees ready to go out in the field. I am really looking forward to getting our trees in the ground come planting season after the Wet. From my experience working in Western Australia, I found that planting the trees is the most rewarding part of the job – I’m 100 percent sure it will be the same with Rainforest Rescue.
What are the greatest challenges you face as Land Manager?
The challenge at the moment is weed control where weather plays a big factor. I am starting to win the fight against the weeds but it’s always going to be an issue on new revegetation areas. I know that staying on top of them as much as the weather allows is a priority.
What are your plans for the role?
To expand our operations here. Get more trees in the ground.
If you could have one new thing to aid in land management and your role, what would that be?
My hope is that the volunteers that are helping us at the nursery will stick around so when the planting starts we will have some extra, experienced hands to help plant them out. At the moment there are some really lovely people helping us. They seem very excited about the next revegetation project.
What has been your best day so far and why?
My best day so far was exploring some of the properties we have up here for the first time. One of my favourite things to do is walk around in the forest and now I get to do that as part of my job.
What brought you to Australia and where did you come from?
I came to Australia to study Conservation Land management in early 2010. I come from South Africa and life over there can be challenging to say the least, so I feel very fortunate to live in this amazing country.
What drew you to the Far North and the Daintree?
I have always been attracted to the jungle for as long as I can remember. So, when I found out about the Daintree, I worked very hard to make my dream come true and live here. Every day I wake up feeling so grateful that I do.
What is it you find most interesting or compelling about the Daintree?
The immense abundance of live here is incredible. There is never going to be enough time to learn about the complex biodiversity in this unique ecosystem in one lifetime, but I am going to try my best to learn as much as I can.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I just want to say that I am so thankful for this opportunity to work for Rainforest rescue. I am looking forward to meeting everybody in person when the time comes.