A key component of any conservation work is understanding the science behind our complex ecosystems and Earth.
ReForest Now produces a range of scientific materials. We collaborate with scientists in conservation genetics and environmental science to produce resources to further our understanding of working with endangered species, increasing genetic diversity, and understanding bioprecipitation (How Forests Make it Rain).
ENDANGERED SPECIES OF THE DAINTREE
ReForest Now has produced the first comprehensive scientific video of the endangered species of the Daintree rainforest of Far North Queensland as a learning tool - showing there are 48 endangered or critically endangered species in the ecosystem.
Our aim is to provide brief, yet meaningful information and to show just how important it is to keep expanding Daintree habitat by planting more trees.
HOW RAINFORESTS CALL THE RAIN
ReForest Now produced a referenced synthesis of top journals on the topic of bioprecipitation.
This synthesis explores the most up to date research from various scientific fields to show an array of evidence regarding bio precipitation.
Bio precipitation is the concept that biology material could cause rainfall and further in this video we will demonstrate that there is good reason to believe that some organisms have evolved mechanisms specifically to float into the atmosphere and set rain on their host forests.
SURVIVAL OF THE RAINFORESTS. A GENETIC APPROACH
Our co-founder Maximo Bottaro presenting his genetic research on remnant rainforest trees vs nursery seedlings completed with Southern Cross University. We demonstrate through our co-founders finding that the genetic diversity of the rainforest species in the big scrub is at risk and that we must increase our collection methods to gather seed from more parent trees, fragments and longer ranges.
ENDANGERED SPECIES OF THE BIG SCRUB REGION
For years, we have heard conflicting figures of the actual number of endangered species in the northern rivers of NSW, the former big scrub rainforest region.
ReForest Now has painstaking cross referenced all state and federal government records for the region, padded out an by additional 20 kilometre radius to the former big scrub that existed between dunnon, byron and ballina. What we found was astonishing, 122 Endangered or Critically Endangered species. This does NOT include Vulnerable species. Many of these exist in the former rainforest, or in adjacent connected ecosystems on its periphery, those not found in the rainforest proper were primarily detected south towards to Ballina and North towards Pottsvile or the southern side of the border ranges.
What is, and where is the Big Scrub Region?
The Big Scrub was the largest area of subtropical lowland rainforest in eastern Australia. It was intensively cleared for agricultural use in the 19th century by colonists. Only a few remnants survived the clearing, with less than 1% now existing.
Located on the North Coast of New South Wales, between what is now the towns of Byron Bay (east) and Lismore (west), the core Big Scrub area consisted of an estimated 900 square kilometres of subtropical rainforest. It primarily grows on fertile basalt and floodplain derived soils.