The Daintree - A Land Before Time
At an estimated 180 million years old, the Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland is the planet’s oldest tropical rainforest. Housing over 80% of the world’s fern species, 40% of Australia’s bird species and 35% of Australia’s mammals, this forest is home to some of the most biologically diverse flora and fauna in the world. The Daintree is a spectacular and unique ecosystem with great ecological, cultural and historical significance. The traditional custodians, the Kuku Yalanji people, have been living in harmony with this diverse and unique environment for more than 50,000 years.
But there’s a problem
The Daintree is one of many forests that needs protection from the increasing threats of climate change and development.
When the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area was declared in 1988, two-thirds of the Lowland Daintree Rainforest was excluded from this listing. More than 1,100 lots were subdivided and put on the market as leasehold and freehold land. Today, blocks of land are still available to purchase and develop on. Development is the greatest threat to the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and it's having a devastating impact on the rainforest’s unique ecosystem and habitats.
So We're Buying It Back!
Lot 305 Cypress Drive, Cow Bay, is one of the subdivided blocks now up for sale for $25,000. This 10,000m² block is dominated by magnificent fan palms (Licuala ramsayi) and is home to more than 150 native plant species, including the vulnerable Ant Plant and Climbing Pandanus, as well as the near-threatened Thornton Aspen and Noah's Walnut. The block is also a habitat for Southern Cassowaries, a vulnerable species whose numbers are declining in the Daintree.
We are crowdfunding to purchase this property and return it back to the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area, protecting it forever. And we need your help!
How You Can Help
In order to purchase 305 Cypress Road, place it in the Daintree National Park and protect it forever, we need to raise $25,000. Every donation counts – the purchase of this block will be a massive win for rainforest conservation and we’ll love you forever for it (so will the cassowaries).
Once purchased, Lot 305 will be owned by the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation, who’ll then manage the transfer of the property as a gift to the Daintree National Park and World Heritage Area.
The process of transference of the property from the Jabalbina Yalanji Aboriginal Corporation to the Daintree National Park will likely take 6-12 months. Once in the National Park, the block will be afforded the highest level of protection for land in Queensland.
Any funds raised over the target will go towards the purchase and protection of another hectare of land in the Lowland Daintree (390 Maple Road, Cow Bay), which the Rainforest 4 Foundation is raising funds to purchase.
100% of all donations will go directly to the purchase of this land.
What You Get Out Of It
You'll be making a tangible difference to the future of this lowland tropical rainforest, affording it protection forever!
To say thank you for your contribution to conservation, we are offering some sweet perks, such as a limited edition Daintree illustration by Australian artist Scotty Williams. We are also offering the not-to-be-missed opportunity to join us in the Daintree for a weekend of camping and adventuring, where we will experience first hand what an important and soul-soothing place the Lowland Daintree Rainforest is.
All donations that don’t receive a physical perk are tax-deductible.
Who We Are
We Are Explorers is a purpose-driven media brand, whose mission is to make the outdoors accessible for everyone whilst spreading the excitement and power of outdoor adventure. For We Are Explorers, the opportunity to purchase this land is a tangible way of protecting the wild places we love so much.
Rainforest 4 Foundation is a not for profit organisation that exists to protect and restore the earth’s rainforests. Rainforest 4 Foundation purchases land in rainforests, creating new protected areas, stopping and reversing the impacts of development and restoring rainforest ecosystems that have been damaged.