Australia establishes largest tropical forest park

Mongabay.com reports that Australia will protect its most pristine rainforest after a battle of almost 20 years between conservationists and land owners, according to a statement from the government of Queensland.

The 160,000-hectare Kulla National Park is located in the McIlwraith Ranges on the Cape York peninsula and contains the largest tropical rainforest in Australia.

The forest houses 57% of Australia’s butterflies and is seen by scientists as a critical refuge for biodiversity against the impact of climate change.

Source: Mongabay.com

Date: 06/08/2008

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