Some 150 metres downhill behind the old stone chimney, the remains of Jack’s Cabin, on Knoll Road, Tamborine Mountain, the Friends of Tamborine National Park discovered a wound in the forest about half a hectare in size. Many years ago a forest giant died and made a hole in the rainforest canopy. What’s the problem with that you might ask? Isn’t that just a natural process? Well yes but the problem with this event is that as soon as there is a break in the canopy and enough light on the forest floor, the invasive weed species step in. Lantana and privet are the first to colonise this wound in the forest. The native pioneer plants that would heal the wound and restore the forest to healthy biodiversity do not get a chance. The invasive exotic weeds grow fast and out-compete the native trees. Once lantana has a hold, it stops the natural succession and regeneration of the forest.
The Friends of Tamborine National Park have reduced the lantana to mulch and have planted the area with native rainforest trees. From time to time there will be work to be done to ensure the rainforest maintains the upper hand. If you would like to “cut up rough” in the rainforest, contact Len.