GREEN thumbs and environmental conservationists are invited to plant trees with Rainforest Rescue this weekend to restore almost 30 hectares of World Heritage rainforest.
Three years ago Rainforest Rescue purchased Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Rd near Cooper’s Creek and renamed it the Cassowary Conservation Reserve with the aim of transforming it into a nature corridor.
Rainforest Rescue claims 80 per cent of lowland rainforest in the Daintree has been destroyed since the arrival of settlers.
It has purchased 13 properties for restoration and aims to plant 30,000 trees on this latest property to facilitate native regrowth, with 1000 trees to be planted this weekend.
Land manager Joe Reichl said they have already planted about 10,000 trees as part of the threeyear project on land that has a colourful history of being cleared for grazing, bananas and oil palms.
It was also once owned by Christopher Skase who removed some of the oil palms to line the entrance into Port Douglas.
‘‘We are doing the revegetation mainly for a cassowary reserve, planting trees with fruit species these birds feed on and are doing a diversified species list across the board, replanting the whole property for that,’’ Mr Reichl said.
‘‘ To date we have about 17,000 trees on that one property and we’ve got another 20,000 to do so that’s why it’s important to get people involved to help restore the place.
‘‘The birds are losing habitat and we are trying to create a corridor between ocean and forest where birds and animals can move between them.’’
There has already been an increase in wildlife making use of the large Cape Tribulation property with the first trees planted.
‘‘The birds are usually the first to move in, especially the pigeons and other types of fruiteating birds and we have a pig problem, but that’s everywhere,’’ Mr Reichl said.
‘‘We should have the restoration completed in about 18 months and then we will need more properties to restore.’’
To give the Rainforest Rescue a helping hand planting trees this Sunday from 9.30am or to make a donation to the organisation, call 1300 763 611 or visit www.rainforestrescue.org.au.
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