Our earth is a magical array of interrelated organisms involved in processes that deliver a dynamic and balanced self-supportive life system. An intricately linked web of living things works in concert to make our earth a uniquely habitable planet like no other in space.This biodiversity not only provides a richness and colour to our world but more importantly services we are only now beginning to appreciate and value.
Clean air and water, soil fertility, land productivity, pest and climate control are some of the essential functions delivered keeping us alive. Today as never before our species is unravelling the web of life as our activities encroach on diminishing natural habitats. The resultant loss of diversity not only threatens an increasing number of life forms and processes but also our own viability.
For example, when biodiversity is lost beyond a certain point, evapotranspiration is reduced and cloud formation is lessened leading to a decline in rainfall. Further with reduced plant cover, even less water penetrates the soil, lessening uptake by the vegetation and in turn effecting growth rates and transpiration etc. This feedback loop becomes self perpetuating and has led to the desertification of many parts of the Earth both historically and in recent times. And we need water.
Species have come and gone in our planet’s amazing past. However it is our present unprecedented and accelerating rate of biodiversity loss that makes the probability of adapting to the new environment more difficult and potentially dangerous for many living things.
We are conducting a living experiment with unpredictable outcomes.
Wild Mountains sees itself as custodian of the land under its control.
We lie on the edge of the sub-tropical rainforest wilderness of Lever’s Plateau World Heritage Area. The richly diverse rainforest of the more gentle slopes at the edge of the plateau gives way to open eucalypt woodland on the steeper escarpment with an understorey of kangaroo grass and grass trees.
This diversity of forest type and terrain partly explains why Wild Mountains is home to an exceptional variety of fauna and flora including species listed as threatened and rare.For instance our track system design and construction are carefully considered to minimise impact on the surrounding bushland.
The conservation status of Wild Mountains is recognised by the imminent listing with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service as an official Nature Refuge thereby securing the preservation of its precious natural heritage.