The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce a $50,000 commitment towards the funding of several research initiatives, to be collectively known as the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project.
The research is focused on the impacts of Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry on the biophysical and socio-economic aspects of Australia's Tropical Rainforests.
The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation (SRF) funding will help support ten (10) studies, with a specific focus on the impacts on flora and fauna, ecosystem recovery, revegetation, and ongoing management programs for Australia's Tropical Rainforests.
The research works will be primarily undertaken by the Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture (TLJV), which is an alliance between the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU).
Dr Ken Chapman, Chairman of the SRF, said this funding announcement represented the first stage of the SRF's financial commitment to its ongoing support of tropical rainforest research and education projects.
"The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is a not for profit organisation, committed to raising and distributing funds to support tropical rainforest research and education projects worldwide," Dr Chapman said.
"Thanks to the generous support of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation's corporate and private contributors, we are able provide invaluable funding for critical rainforest research works, such as the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project," he said. "We welcome and encourage individuals and organisations wanting to make a real contribution to the protection, understanding and appreciation of our tropical rainforests, to contact the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation today."
"The studies we are supporting through the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project specifically focus on the effects of Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry on the fauna and flora of Australia's Tropical Rainforests and their recovery."
"The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is very pleased to support these important scientific research projects, which will provide invaluable knowledge and insight into the effects of severe tropical cyclones on Australia's Tropical Rainforests."
Professor Steve Turton, Director of the TLJV, said the SRF's funding was critical to ensuring these research projects could proceed, and would lead to international recognition of the high quality science conducted in Tropical North Queensland.
"The studies being conducted under the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project represent a unique opportunity to obtain a good understanding of the effects of a significant cyclone on a tropical rainforest landscape."
The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project represents the first stage in long-term strategic research, which will provide scientific input to government and industry with respect to immediate and long-term community development and natural resource management issues.
The ten studies under the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation Cyclone Larry Project, are outlined below. Other partners, financial contributors and associated research organisations involved with each project are also listed.
|Lowland Bird Communities in continuous and fragmented rainforest; impacts and recovery following Cyclone Larry.||SRF & TLJV|
|Assessment of cyclonic damage and community response using long term forest plots.||SRF & TLJV|
|Impacts of Cyclone Larry on reforested sites and forest fragments.||SRF, TLJV, SRF & Griffith University|
|Impacts of Cyclone Larry on Aboreal folivores (leaf-eating possums and tree-kangaroos).||SRF, TLJV, SRF & Griffith University|
|Trophic impact of a severe tropical cyclone on an endangered ecosystem.||SRF & TLJV|
|Wet Tropics scale re-distribution of a threatened species in response to a major habitat disturbance: landscape ecology of the Spectacled Flying Fox (Pteropus conspicillatus) after Cyclone Larry.||SRF, TLJV &FNQNRM|
|Evaluating the effectiveness of river and wetland rehabilitation works in relation to impacts of Tropical Cyclone Larry.||SRF, TLJV & FNQNRM|
|Satellite remote sensing assessment of rainforest vegetation damage from Cyclone Larry and vegetation recovery monitoring.||SRF & TLJV|
|Impacts of Cyclone Larry on rainforest insects.||SRF, TLJV & MTSRF|
|An assessment of the impact of Cyclone Larry on the tourism industry with particular reference to the landscape.||SRF & TLJV|
- SRF: The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is a not-for profit organisation, launched in September 2005 with the primary objective of raising and distributing funds to support tropical rainforest research and education projects worldwide.
- TLJV: The Tropical Landscapes Joint Venture is an unincorporated joint venture between JCU and CSIRO, established as a vehicle for developing a collaborative program of research to underpin the sustainable management of tropical landscapes, including the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area.
- MTSRF: Marine and Tropical Science Research Facility has offices in Cairns and Townsville and is funded by the Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities Program under the Federal Department of Environment and Heritage.
- FNQNRM: Far North Queensland Natural Resource Management Ltd was formed under the Natural Heritage Trust arrangements and is the designated body representing community-based natural resource management in the Wet Tropics.
This announcement represents the SRF's first financial commitment to rainforest research and education projects. The SRF will be calling for expressions of interest for further projects to fund in the next two weeks.
The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation's ability to provide funding to tropical rainforest research and education projects, is reliant on corporate and private donations. All donations over AUD$2.00 are tax deductible.