Every little bit helps in making sure this special place is passed down to future generations every bit as amazing as it is now. If you are fortunate enough to have the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area as your back yard, you can experience its magnificence without too much effort or expense.
From the struggles of the early days to get the Wet Tropics rainforest put on the World Heritage list, to the less confrontational activities of volunteer groups today, the World Heritage Area has benefited from people doing every day simple things.
If you enjoy the outdoors and knowing that you are putting something back to the earth, there are volunteer groups that focus on tree-planting; rehabilitating important corridors that allow movement of wildlife and dispersal of plants.
If you are not the outdoor type, just having an environmentally friendly lifestyle or simply telling others about the World Heritage Area is an important contribution to the health of the region.
Getting other people engaged and aware of the World Heritage Area also contributes enormously to the economic well being of the region. Everyone knows someone who has visited the Daintree National Park. For this reason many visitors continue to be moved by the ancient forests of the World Heritage Area.
Whether you are a resident of the Wet Tropics region or a visitor you can help monitor what’s going on in and around the World Heritage Area. The World Heritage Area is a dynamic landscape that needs to be watched.
Pests, weeds and diseases know no boundary. Highly aggressive introduced species such as the yellow crazy ant has the potential to wreak havoc if they are not controlled or eliminated.
The insidious invasive disease myrtle rust is currently a serious threat to vegetation communities in the World Heritage Area. Landholders, neighbours, tourists, and locals play an important role in informing the Wet Tropics Management Authority or other management agency in anything suspicious that threatens the values of the World Heritage Area.
The early detection of invasive species of plants and animals helps to mitigate the degeneration of the World Heritage Area.
For reporting biosecurity threats in or neighbouring the World Heritage Area, please call the Wet Tropics Management Authority on 07 42410500 or send us an email, or contact Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23.
How else can you help in protecting the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area? Just enjoy it safely and responsibly.
Tread carefully, take only photographs and leave only footprints. Be mindful of the consequences of your actions within a protected landscape. It is still a natural landscape with some awe-inspiring locations that may invite risk and foolishness.
Most of the World Heritage Area is under national park tenure, therefore rules and regulations apply to the conduct of activities within these and other areas within the World Heritage Area.
Being responsible also promotes respect for the landscape and the Rainforest Aboriginal people whose home it has been for thousands of years.