Chris Bennett Reserve

Rainforest Rescue has named an important rainforest block in honour of Chris Bennett and his work to conserve the Daintree lowlands. From the mid-nineties Chris helped to establish the Daintree Rainforest Foundation and championed fund-raising efforts to purchase the blocks now protected as the Baralba Wildlife Corridor Nature Refuge.

2006ca-cropThe Daintree Rainforest Foundation was awarded a Cassowary Award in 2006 by the Wet Tropics Management Authority for their efforts to conserve important areas of rainforest in areas adjacent to the World Heritage Area which provided habitat and ecological connectivity for animals such as the endangered southern cassowary.

The Chris Bennett Reserve is Lot 38 Cape Tribulation Road and was recently purchased following a fundraising campaign by Rainforest Rescue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group. It was the 26th property purchased by Rainforest Rescue. They have since purchased a  27th property (Lot 32 Cape Tribulation Road) as part of wildlife corridor connecting Daintree National Park and Nature Reserves in Cape Kimberley.

Rainforest Trust buys Daintree rainforest blocks

Kelvin Davies, Director of Rainforest Trust Australia at Lot 79-Buchanan Road

Kelvin Davies, CEO of Rainforest Trust Australia, at lot 79 Buchanan Road, Daintree Photo: Rainforest Trust

In July 2016 Rainforest Trust Australia bought lot 79 Buchanan in the Daintree as part of its project Expanding Daintree National Park. It is just over one hectare in size and forms part of an area of continuous habitat for the endangered southern cassowary.

CEO Kelvin Davies said the property is one of 20 slated for addition to the national park estate by Rainforest Trust Australia. ‘We’re currently negotiating with the Queensland government to have five properties we already own accepted for inclusion in the national park,’ he said. ‘And we have plans to buy another 14 properties as soon as possible.’The purchases complement the efforts of the Queensland Government, Douglas Shire Council and other non-government agencies to conserve the valuable lowland rainforests of the Daintree.

Kelvin Davies, Director of Rainforest Trust Australia at lot 79 Buchanan Road, Daintree Photo: Rainforest TrustKelvin Davies, CEO of Rainforest Trust Australia, at lot 79 Buchanan Road, Daintree Photo: Rainforest Trust

World Cassowary Day in the Daintree

Cassowary in rainforest Photo: Dave Kimble

Cassowary in rainforest Photo: Dave Kimble

World Cassowary Day will be held in the Daintree this year.

When: 10am to 2pm on 24 September 2016.

Where: Daintree Rainforest Observatory, 3701 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation.

Parking: Free parking provided.  Just follow the signs on the day.

Activities: Over 30 stalls about cassowaries and other wildlife, music performances, wildlife displays, face painting and activities for kids.

Speakers: Topics include the world’s three cassowary species, the Daintree blockade, tracking cassowaries through their poo, cassowary seed dispersal, conserving cassowary habitat and a history of cassowary conservation.

Film: No Wabu, No Wuju, No Gunduy (No Rainforest, No Food, No Cassowary).

For more details, visit the World Cassowary Day website.

Follow World Cassowary Day on Facebook.

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World Cassowary Day 2015

 

Community Collaboration for Cassowaries

Several members of the Cassowary Recovery Team – Mission Beaches Cassowaries, Kuranda Conservation, and the Daintree Region Cassowary Group – have joined forces to apply for a Community Action Grant with assistance from Terrain NRM.  If successful, the $20,000 grant will fund delivery of local community awareness and information sharing workshops and help to improve data collection and recording methods. Read more about it on Terrain NRM’s website. UPDATE (June 2012): unfortunately this application was not successful, but CRT members are continuing to look for alternative sources of funding. If you can help, please let us know!