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Rainforest Rescue is fundraising to Buy Back and Protect Forever three precious Daintree properties. All three properties are strategically located to increase wildlife corridors and connect protected rainforest.
They are adjacent to the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area and will extend the Rainforest Rescue Milky Pine Refuge. 

PRIORITY 1: Lot 19 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Kimberley

Threat of development: Extremely high

Location: Close to five Rainforest Rescue properties and next to the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area

Animals: germinating scats from the endangered cassowary have been seen on this property.           

Biodiversity: 147 species of plants identified on this property

Conservation value: Extremely high

This beautiful property adjoins the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area and it is in close proximity to five properties owned by Rainforest Rescue that form the Milky Pine Wildlife Refuge.

It has excellent connectivity, with continuous forest on the back of the property leading into the Alexandra Range. The front of the property has connectivity to a privately managed nature reserve.

The forest’s structural integrity scores 5/5 for its level of intact canopy - with only a small amount of damage from cyclones and other storms in one area. Large fan palms (Licuala ramsayi), Hope’s cycad (Lepidozamia hopei) and black palms (Normanbya normanbyi) are scattered across the block with a large stand of fan palms on the front of the property.

The threat of development is extremely high. Development approval has been granted and council approved house plans are included with the property sale.

PRIORITY 2: Lot 33 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Kimberley

Threat of development: High

Location: Adjoins a Rainforest Rescue property that connects to the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area

Animals: Rare and endangered species such as southern cassowaries and Bennett’s tree-kangaroos have been seen in this vicinity

Biodiversity: 110 species of plants identified on this property

Conservation value: High

 

PRIORITY 3: Lot 32 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Kimberley

Threat of development: High

Location: Adjoins a Rainforest Rescue property that connects to the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area

Animals: Rare and endangered species such as southern cassowaries and Bennett’s tree-kangaroos have been seen in this vicinity

Biodiversity: 118 species of plants identified on this property

Conservation value: High

One of the most compelling reasons to save these two properties is their connectivity with other protected lands

Lots 32 and 33 adjoin Lot 29 which is protected by Rainforest Rescue and borders the World Heritage area. The Swamp Forest Nature Refuge extends to the east and acts as a corridor to World Heritage land. The blocks are also in close proximity to our other properties at 14, 16 and 29 Cape Tribulation Road and Lots 7, 9 and 10 Milky Pine Road. 

Lot 33 has had very limited disturbance and will require little to no active management. The rainforest that had been disturbed (probably by logging many years ago) is recovering well and the under and mid-stories are now dominated by rainforest species again.

Lot 32 has a cleared house pad and driveway; however the rainforest has already started to reclaim them, with many species growing. It will require no further human intervention for the rainforest to return.

The acquisition of these properties on Cape Tribulation Road is strategic and high priority. This land provides important connectivity to the Alexandra Range and we are particularly concerned for the protection of Lot 32. It is a highly desirable development block, with its easterly views to Snapper Island and is ready to be built upon and developed immediately.

Several plants of limited distribution such as black palms (Normanbya normanbyi), Daintree gardenia (Randia audasii), and Rhodomyrtus effusa grow on these properties. 

 

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