[ASC-media] World Heritage Daintree land fully rehabilitated with planting of the 80, 000th tree

Melissa Lyne mlyne_99 at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 25 22:33:38 PDT 2013

The Australian Rainforest Foundation this Saturday officially completes a six-year, $2.6 million major rehabilitation and revegetation project with the planting of the 80,000th tree at The George Mansford Reserve, Cape Tribulation, in the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, the Wet Tropics Management Authority, Indigenous Land Corporation and the Queensland Government all identified a particular block of land in the Daintree as important for conservation, with high ecological values. In 2006, under the Daintree Conservation Initiative, the Australian Rainforest Foundation acquired this block with the assistance of the Australian Government Biodiversity Hotspots Fund. With additional funding from the corporate and private sectors, this block is now a fully rehabilitated rainforest - The George Mansford Rainforest Reserve.
“At the time it was bought, the site was a massive seed bank of invasive species in the heart of the World Heritage Area,” says the Australian Rainforest Foundation Director, Roger Phillips.
“In 2007, the Foundation began the rehabilitation of the area after identifying the various rainforest species that needed planting in the cleared areas,” Mr Phillips said.
“The land, now restored, will strengthen and extend existing intact habitat for a number of conservation significant species found in the region, including the endangered Southern Cassowary,” he said.
“The reserve is already the subject of a number of scientific reports, identifying a range of rare, threatened and endangered flora and fauna on the site.”
Over the next three years, the Australian Rainforest Foundation will develop walking tracks within the Reserve, establish contemplative areas, name tag various trees and generally make the area accessible to the community.
The reserve is named after retired Brigadier George Mansford, the past and founding chairman of the Australian Rainforest Foundation. Mansford was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1975.
What: Planting of the 80,000th tree to mark the completion of rehabilitation and revegetation of The George Mansford Reserve
Where: George Mansford Reserve, Lot 6 Cape Tribulation Road, Cape Tribulation
(lat -16.102824, lon 145.457949)
When: Saturday 28th September 2013 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, with a light lunch and refreshments provided at 12:30 PM
For all media enquiries, please contact:
Melissa Lyne, 0415 514 328 or email: Melissa.lyne at gmail.com
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