Mark World Tree Day with Daintree Discovery Centre at Nightwings
The Daintree Discovery Centre’s community initiated tree planting at Nightwings Rainforest Centre yesterday, Saturday March 21 to mark World Tree Planting Day, has been a resounding success.
Organised in association with Rainforest Rescue and supported by the Wildlife Habitat through its Tropical Animal Rehabilitation Centre (TARC), around 1000 trees were planted by the volunteers.
Daintree Discovery Centre manager Abi Ralph said the education centre was a huge supporter of Rainforest Rescue’s revegetation work.
“The trees planted were all grown onsite at the Rainforest Rescue nursery, and it has been fantastic to see a small but dedicated turn out of individuals here to get the job done,” she said.
Australia’s largest remaining rainforest – and the oldest tropical lowland rainforest in the world – has been benefitting for 17 years from the relationship between Rainforest Rescue and the Discovery Centre.
The centre makes an annual donation to Rainforest Rescue from several DDC revenue streams from wristbands and stickers to the Centre’s “cassowary poo” sweets.
Rainforest Rescue raises more than 20,000 plants from more than 200 species annually. The group has been protecting and replanting rainforests since 1998.
More than 55,000 trees have been planted over the past four years at Nightwings, a former cane farm on the banks of the Daintree River at Wonga. The aim is to restore the complex lowland rainforest that once covered the area.
Ms Ralph said the event was still able to go ahead, with volunteers practicing social distancing under the Federal Government’s new guidelines to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.
Rainforest Rescue Nursery Manager Marine Deliens said numerous specialist species had been chosen for the plant out on the WWF plot at Nightwings.
“We had a good mix of pioneers, early secondary, late secondary and mature phase species to have a quick canopy closure. This will shade out the weeds and we hope to stop maintenance after 18 months to two years,” she said.
“These include Ficus (fig) species and Blue Quandong, which are great food trees for rainforest animals, and Melicope species, host trees for the Ulysses butterfly and great attractors of birds.”
World Tree Planting day is part of the United Nations’ International Day of Forests, which is held to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. This year it aims to promote education to Learn to Love Forests.
Nightwings is located on Norris Rd Wonga Beach. Just follow the flags or see Rainforest Rescue’s facebook page for more information.
For more information on Daintree Discovery Centre and its philanthropic activities, visit www.discoverthedaintree.com.
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