CONSERVATION PROJECT SNAPSHOT

Action: Purchase of Lot 70 Forest Creek Road (RP733653) 

Location: Forest Creek, Queensland, Australia

Size: 2.07 hectares

Vegetation type: Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20e listed as “Of Concern” under the Vegetation Management Act 1999.

Threatened Species: Southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii), China camp laurel (Beilschmiedia castrisinensis), climbing pandan (Freycinetia percostata), Noah's walnut (Endiandra microneura)

Endangered Ecological Community: Lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics ecological community is listed as endangered under the Australian Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

Target to purchase, protect, and restore this property: $249,750

Please, act now and donate to help purchase Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest. Your donation will help purchase and protect essential cassowary habitat. 

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Lot 70 Forest Creek Road, Forest Creek

The owner of this Daintree Rainforest property contacted us directly. For years they’ve loved seeing cassowaries when they visited and camped on the land. They don’t want to see this habitat for cute northern brown bandicoots, giant pythons, and beautiful Ulysses butterflies lost to housing. But they can’t just give the asset away, they need to sell. So, we’ve reached an agreement that gives us the first option to buy the land for conservation. 

Urgent response needed 

If we don't buy at-risk Daintree properties like Lot 70 for conservation, they can be sold to people who intend to develop the land for housing. Lot 70 Forest Creek Road is zoned by the Douglas Shire Council for rural residential development, which means all that’s required for clearing and construction to commence is an approved development application.

In recent years, the rate of land sales in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest has escalated. Many people sought a tree change in the wake of COVID-19 and we saw an increase in clearing for housing development. That’s why we've exchanged a contract of sale and paid a deposit. Now comes the challenge to raise the funds that will complete the purchase and protect this property from the threat of development. 

Please, act now and donate to help purchase Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest. Your donation will help purchase and protect essential cassowary habitat.

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Old growth tropical rainforest on Lot 70 Forest Creek Road

Daintree Rainforest at risk of development

Development for housing in the Daintree results in fragmentation and degradation the worlds oldest rainforest. Settlement brings domestic dogs that attack wildlife and exotic plants that become environmental weeds. 

Fragmentation occurs when forests are reduced in the area through deforestation, road building or other developments, dividing the forest into smaller blocks and creating what is known as the edge effect. The impacts of the edge effect have been thoroughly documented over several decades and show the significant detrimental effects on biodiversity.

With the purchase of this property, we will prevent further fragmentation of the Daintree Rainforest. We will also restore the part of the property damaged by unapproved development by a previous owner. 

Please, act now and donate to help purchase Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest. Your donation will help protect essential cassowary habitat.

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Noah's Walnut (Endiandra microneura) is listed as a threatened species. 

Habitat for unique and threatened species

One important plant found on Lot 70 is Noah's walnut (Endiandra microneura), which is listed as near-threatened under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Found only between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, it is distinctive in the forest due to its vibrant displays of red new leaves, and it produces large yellow oblong-shaped fruits that are dispersed by the southern cassowary.
Lot 70 also provides habitat for the endangered southern cassowary, with individuals recently seen crossing Forest Creek Road. 

Overall, the vegetation on Lot 70 Forest Creek Road is classed as Regional Ecosystem 7.3.20e, which is listed as “Of Concern” under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999. 

As well as protecting the rainforest and wetlands on Lot 70, the purchase of the property will ensure connectivity across the landscape. Increased urbanisation at Forest Creek will further disrupt natural processes by fragmenting habitat and creating an edge effect. The core-to-edge ratio of rainforest patches is integral in maintaining ecologically sound, functioning forests. 

Lot 70 Forest Creek Road was offered for sale on the open market and could have been sold to someone wishing to develop the property. That's why we took action and exchanged a contract of sale and paid a deposit.

Please, act now and donate to help purchase Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest. 

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The rare Bennett's Tree-kangaroo 

Endangered ecological community

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest itself has now been identified as part of an endangered ecological community. In November 2021, the Australian Government listed the lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics ecological community, in the endangered category under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The listing was effective as of Friday November 26, 2021 and includes the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, from near Ingham (just south of the Cardwell Range) in the south to north around Cape Tribulation. While now listed as endangered, the Daintree Lowland Rainforest is still not fully protected. The freehold properties in the Daintree lowland remain at risk from rural residential development.

Repairing historic subdivision damage

The Daintree Lowland Rainforest is one of the oldest rainforests on Earth and provides a refuge for wildlife and ancient flowering plants. It holds exceptionally high biodiversity and conservation value and is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest remaining in Australia.

In 1988, the Daintree National Park was expanded and included in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. However, two-thirds of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest - the land between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation - had been carved up for a rural residential subdivision of 1,136 freehold properties in 1982 and, as such, were excluded from World Heritage listing.

This subdivision created Lot 70 Forest Creek Road and many others in Forest Creek. Since then, roads and many houses have been built which have fragmented the rainforest. Occupation has also brought a number of other challenges for the rainforest and its inhabitants, including the damaging effects of domestic dogs and exotic plants.  

With around 150 undeveloped properties remaining in private ownership, the future of the Daintree is yet to be determined. Will it be increased development and urbanisation, or the winding back of the disastrous subdivision to save the Daintree Rainforest?

The world's oldest rainforest is still for sale. 

BUYBACK WORKS 

Land buyback for conservation is the only action guaranteed to protect vital rainforest habitat, stem the development of the Daintree Rainforest and reverse the negative impacts of the rural residential subdivision. That's why fulfilling our vision for the Daintree Lowland Rainforest requires the buyback of all undeveloped freehold properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest for nature conservation.

Once purchased, properties are proposed for inclusion in the Daintree National Park, as this provides the highest available level of protection.

In the last 4 years, we have purchased 29 properties in the Daintree Lowlands (between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation).

The acquisition of Lot 70 Forest Creek Road will help fulfil our vision for the conservation of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. We’ve exchanged a contract of sale and paid a deposit. Now we must raise the funds to complete the purchase.

Please, act now and donate to help purchase Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Rainforest. Your donation will help purchase and protect essential cassowary habitat. 

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 The endangered southern cassowary

Stronger together

Save the Daintree is built on a partnership between Gondwana Rainforest Trust and Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal CorporationWe recognise that we are Stronger Together and raise funds for the buyback of properties in the Daintree Rainforest and their management for conservation.

FAQs

We’ve provided answers to the most frequently asked questions for the purchase and protection of Lot 70 Forest Creek Road in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest here

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