Lot 46, in the heart of the Daintree Lowlands, is Rainforest Rescue’s most ambitious restoration project to date. This project looks like it is rewarding us with a healthy, vigorous developing rainforest. However, you can’t base restoration success purely on ‘looks’ alone. Particularly when you are dealing with the complexity of the tropical rainforest ecosystem. Actual science is needed to inform a genuine understanding of how successful the restoration project is.
Which is why five years ago, our resident scientific advisor, Dr Robert Kooyman, assisted us in setting up an ongoing monitoring process that would allow Rainforest Rescue over time to collect data and record 1) growth rates, 2) degree of canopy closure which is an all-important aspect of rainforest structure, and 3) the development of adequate leaf litter to feed the ongoing growth of the trees.
We are in the process of conducting another remeasuring all of these monitoring components and are looking forward to the results of this analysis. If the science supports what we all believe is a true success story, Robert’s intention is to write a scientific research paper projecting the values of this restoration story and submit this to an international peer reviewed journal. This effectively will turn our jewel in the crown of restoration into an international star, projecting Rainforest Rescue’s commitment to restoration integrity. A win for everyone. Including all of our loyal supporters who value this process and its achievement!
Lot 46 has been attracting a great deal of attention. Tourists stop by the side of the road to marvel at this lush and beautiful young rainforest. Scientists from both Australian and international universities have set up collaborative partnerships to conduct their research on Lot 46. This dynamic young rainforest seems to have a great deal to offer everyone, including the number of Cassowary and other native animals who are very pleased with the food sources it offers.
We still need to ensure full protection for this jewel in the crown that represents so many years of work and restoration passion. Once we have acquitted the loan, Lot 46 will earn its ‘saved in perpetuity’ status, with the jewel in the crown a living testament to the commitment and passion of our valued supporters and their desire to protect rainforest forever. We simply could not achieve what we do without you. Thank you so much!
Dr Robert Kooyman recording data
Walking track through the healthy young rainforest