Cassowary crossing Black Mountain Rd adjacent to the Kuranda Pine Plantation
In 2010, the Qld Government sold 99 year leases of Forestry Plantations to Hancock's Timber Resources: 350 000 hectares in all. Kuranda Pine Plantation is situated right next to Wet Tropics World Heritage. Caribbean Pine mono-culture is being grown with clear-felling and aerial spraying of chemicals for weeds and native forest regrowth. The nearby local community has not been adequately consulted or informed. Licenses should be reassigned and the forests re-vegetated for crucial wildlife corridors and habitat for cassowaries and other wildlife.