Rainforest Revelations by Cooper Creek Wilderness is a running weblog of Daintree Rainforest news, including fauna and flora observations and photography, from the human inhabitants in the middle of the oldest rainforest in the world.
On the 9th December 1988, almost nine thousand square kilometres of tropical North Queensland, between Townsville and Cooktown, was inscribed onto the prestigious World Heritage List. In an unprecedented act, the Australian Federal Government compulsorily included some strategically important rainforest on privately-held lands, enabling a very restricted World Heritage human inhabitancy.
Reporting details of experiences acquired in this field, against the legislative and administrative provisions Australia has adopted for the application of the World Heritage Convention, is obligatory. Rainforest Revelations allows for public reporting with the passage of time. After quarter of a century within the World Heritage estate, the running report is driven more by the requirements of the rainforest, as it is expressed through its human inhabitants, than the objectivity of earlier reporting. No two years are ever alike. The variations of weather, rainfall, cyclones, droughts all play their part in the infinite expressions of the oldest rainforest in the world.
The inscription of human inhabitants into Australia’s Wet Tropics World Heritage Area has provide the oldest surviving rainforest in the world with a human voice. There are many aspects of rainforest health that resonate with exuberance and vitality, whilst other aspects are screaming for intervention. Coming to terms with the complexity of this rainforest is an ongoing obsession, but every now and again, insight of the most profound importance reveals a major thread of connectivity and interdependence The articles in this blog provide insight into an ancient and secretive rainforest through the technological window of the web. We hope you find some value in their perusal and encourage commentary as it promotes discussion.