Cave Creek

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Cave Creek Rainforest Rehabilitation Scheme:
This is our flagship project, where we learnt that it is possible to rebuild a forest extensively damaged by logging, clearing, quarrying and large scale invasion by weed species. It consists of 65 hectares of steep country, surrounded on the north by the Natural Bridge section of the Springbrook National Park. Cave Creek is one of the headwaters of the Nerang River; nestling as it does in the lee of the Macpherson Range, the property is constantly watered by the percolation of rains that have fallen on the higher slopes. The result is a combination of both montane and riparian vegetation, making up the most biodiverse system to be found anywhere in Australia outside the wet tropics. The property was acquired at the beginning of 2002. At first local growers were asked to propagate our species, but from 2005 we began to  collect seed on the property and propagate it ourselves. We now produce enough young plants to supply like-minded landholders in the vicinity. We call what we do rehabilitation because the greatest contribution is made by the forest itself. The forest decides what will and will not grow and how fast and where. As soon as a canopy is formed, the forest manages itself.  The aim is to inspire other landholders who are lucky enough to have remnant rainforest on their land to treasure what they have and ensure that it survives in all its astonishing richness.
Students on any of the many conservation science courses locally available are welcome to use CCRRS as the site for their research. We would particularly welcome students in the areas of herpetology, entomology and mycology.

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