Last month, when inspecting our reforestation at Lot 46, I discovered a new Mueller's Silky Oak Austromullera trinervia seedling growing inbetween the trees (photo below). It's wonderful to see the forest regenerate naturally like this, especially when you find species unique to the area. I've linked below a video where our Land Manager Joe talks about growing seedlings of this Proteaceae.
Turning rubbish into a rainforst protector.
Before we could start reforestation of Lot 46 over 180 tons of rubbish had to be removed from the site. Dumped tyres were a significant proportion of this rubbish; an annoyance and unwieldy.
It’s important that tyres are disposed of responsibly. So, we've started a new research project to find a new use for recycled tyres - one that will have benefits for rainforest.
We were catalysed into action when some vandals illegally drove over newly planted trees at Lot 46. A barrier was needed to stop vehicles from driving onto the land. However, all the commercial products were too urban for a rainforest setting. Having already removed dumped tyres from the land, we had the idea of re-using tyres to stop people from driving into the rainforest.
The first phase of the project has just been completed, developing prototype recycled tyre bollards designed to have a low visual and environmental impact. Several design approaches were tested, before we found a manufacturer who could create a bollard from recycled tyres. We’ve now created 12 prototype bollards which will be tested out in the rainforest – helping protect it forever.
Help plant a rainforest
If you’re in Queensland next month our next community tree planting day will be on May 13th up in the Daintree: save the date for your diary. We're doubling our target from last year and are looking to plant 2,000 seedlings over the morning planting. Visit rainforestrescue.org.au for more information and to register your interest in coming along.
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