WAYNE Branden should really stop alarming people about cassowaries becoming extinct (Gazette, July 22).
He should be aware that more than 95 per cent of all the cassowaries live in the World Heritage-listed area.
The criteria for WH listing was that the area had to be large enough, and contain enough habitat, and have a sufficient barrier, to preserve all that is in it for all time.
Therefore, it is totally illogical to say that anything which exists mainly in the WH area is in danger. To do so is an insult to the WTMA scientists - it implies that they are not doing their job.
Mr Branden should also read the CSIRO report on cassowaries north of the Daintree River.
This states that evidence showed that about 53 grown cassowaries existed in the study area which was 16,000ha, and that two or three more might exist because the private land was not visited. Anybody who has lived there for some time would know that this number has increased enormously.
Mr Branden’s statement saying that the Daintree has not been saved is equally ridiculous.
I have a letter from Professor Tor Hund- sloe, when he was chairman of WTMA, stating that, of the 7000ha of private land in the area, there is about 1000ha of the best lowland rainforest (Type 1a).
He also stated that under the first buyback plan, over 1000ha of Type 1a rainforest was purchased.
This means that everything worth preserving in the area is now preserved. This is confirmed by the IUCN Red List of endangered species, which is the most respected list in the world (available on the internet).
What Mr Branden should be worried about, is the massive amount of damage being done to the surrounding WH listed rainforest, by noxious fumes from the generators in the area.