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Lot 46, Cape Tribulation Road, Diwan

Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road (RP 745468) is a 27.66 hectare property that was purchased by Rainforest Rescue in August 2010. This is the only property in the Rainforest Rescue portfolio that we can not place a Conservation Reserve on as it was purchased by bank loan. Our current fundraising focus is to repay that loan and Protect Lot 46 forever.

Location

Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road is located north of the Alexandra Range in what is referred to as the Cooper Creek Precinct. 
The property is bordered by the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area on its western boundary and other conservation blocks to the north, east and south. It lies at the base of Thornton Peak, the third highest peak in Qld.

Conservation value

Under the Qld Government's Regional Mapping Scheme the property is located within biodiversity precinct 3B Coopers Creek, one of the three highest priority precincts in the Daintree Lowlands. The property exhibits Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10 which is described as being 'complex mesophyll vine forest' which is listed as ‘endangered’ under the Qld Vegetation Management Act 1999.

Rainforest restoration 

As a result of a long history of abuse, from a combination of clearing, grazing and oil palm cultivation, the property required extensive restoration. When we bought the property, vegetation was in varying states of disturbance and succession and included remnant vegetation, secondary regrowth and continually cleared and disturbed land.

Between 2010 and 2014, Rainforest Rescue restored the property through our Daintree Plant a Rainforest Project. Over 37,000 trees were planted and a as weeds were removed, another 59,000 will naturally regenerate.

Restoration has achieved significant conservation outcomes consistent with objectives outlined in the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Conservation Strategy 2010-2030 along with other state and regional strategies. 

Conservation outcomes include:

  • an increase in biodiversity levels through expanding native habitat;
  • protecting and enhancing native vegetation through assisted natural regeneration;
  • restoring habitat connectivity in an area that has 122 threatened, rare and endangered species including the cassowary;
  • linking protected areas (the property backs onto the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area);
  • managing threats to biodiversity including invasive weed species;
  • an increase in knowledge of local species diversity through seed collection and plant propagation at our Daintree Plant Nursery;
  • documenting best practice in rainforest rehabilitation, restoration and revegetation techniques to be shared with community, government and industry;
  • contributing to ongoing research in the areas of cassowary recovery, and dynamics of succession and biodiversity in rainforest plantings.

The purchase of this property was purchased through a bank loan and is currently not protected with a Nature Conservation Status.

Please help Rainforest Rescue protect Lot 46 Forever and protect the Heart of the Daintree.

Read about the restoration of Lot 46 in Joe's restoration journal!

 



 

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