A PROPOSED nursery in Cow Bay seeks to grow 150,000 native plants per year to help restore and regenerate the Daintree rainforest.
Douglas Shire Council has approved a development application from Rainforest Rescue to temporarily re-configure a lot and conduct intense horticulture.
The not-for-profit group, which will collect seeds from surrounding areas for the nursery, plans to employ up to 10 people on site.
The re-forestation will occur in areas of Upper Daintree and areas north of the Daintree River.
Project Partner, Queensland Trust for Nature, has been running ecological baseline tests to make sure that the nursery is not built where it would impinge on restorable, rare and endangered ecosystems. Nursery staff and volunteers – Justin, Marine, Allen and Barbara – have been working with the QTFN ecological science team to make sure the surveys are complete and accurate.
The large site, Lot 83, has been partially cleared for commercial and farming activity, includes a dwelling house, aircraft landing strip and associated buildings.
The development will not impact the operation of the aircraft landing strip.
You can read the full Council report on approval of the application here.