Protecting tropical rainforests, which absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, is one of the best ways to maintain a breathable atmosphere and animal biodiversity.
Mullumbimby-based Rainforest 4 Foundation is hoping to purchase a pristine one-hectare lot for the incredibly low price of $25,000, because its current owners share the foundation’s commitment to protect it forever.
The land at 107 Buchanan Creek Road, Cow Bay, is totally covered by 82 tropical rainforest plant species; it has no weeds or clearings, and offers vital habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary and the Bennetts Tree-kangaroo. It also connects to the Daintree National Park in multiple directions.
Permanent protection for this hectare will be achieved upon purchase when the land can be transferred to the Queensland Government for inclusion in the Daintree National Park.
Rainforest 4 founder and CEO Kelvin Davies says he couldn’t let this opportunity pass by. ‘A contract of sale has been exchanged and a deposit of $1,250 has been paid,’ he said.
‘The only challenge we now have is to settle on the purchase in July, 2019. To do that we must raise the full amount by June 30.’
Davies says that so far just over $5,000 has been raised. ‘This leaves us a very short window of time in which to raise the remaining target amount of almost $20,000.’ he said.
‘For every $2.50 donation we receive, we can save one square metre of the Daintree. A donation of $50 will save 20 square metres of this World Heritage value Daintree Rainforest.’
By enlisting the support of donors over the past 20 years, Mr Davies said that the foundation has contributed to the purchase of 40 properties in the Daintree.
‘I know it’s a tight deadline, but I also know there are many people who’d love to donate to help us to secure this Buchanan Road land for posterity.’
For further information on how to donate, contact Kelvin on 0437 423 119 or [email protected]