Protecting the Heart of the Daintree Forever
Late last year we launched our campaign to create a nature conservation reserve on Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road in the Daintree.
Usually when we identify important rainforest needing protection we ask for your help to purchase the property, however in the case of Lot 46 we needed to act urgently to protect it. This meant we did something we hadn’t done before but believed was absolutely critical – we took out a bank loan to buy the property.
This immediately saved Lot 46 from developers, however it prevents us from being able to protect it into perpetuity. Our campaign will create a Reserve that will protect the 27.66 hectares of Lot 46, and the rainforest on it, forever.
What makes Lot 46 so special and worth saving?
- it’s of critical importance, in terms of habitat and connectivity, for the endangered cassowary and other species
- surveys have recorded 14 rare, three endangered and two vulnerable species
- it sits at the base of the spectacular Thornton Peak, and provides an important link between the upland and lowland rainforest
- it supports an Endangered Regional Ecosystem
- two important creeks (part of the catchment area for Cooper Creek – one of the larger Daintree lowland creeks) run through it
- it contains remnant forest with ecological transitions from rainforest to swamp forest
- the western boundary is Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area
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