Some more good conservation news

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Subject: Some more good conservation news
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 18:11:55 +1000
Apologies if this item has already been posted - my server has had a few problems today.

Qld govt to declare new national park
August 6, 2008 - 6:08AM
The Queensland government will hand back almost 182,000 hectares of land on Cape York on Wednesday to traditional owners and create a new national park. The 160,000 hectare Kulla (McIllwraith Range) National Park, which includes unique tropical rainforest wilderness, will be jointly managed by the state and indigenous people. Premier Anna Bligh will hand over the land at a ceremony at Coen on Wednesday. Alec Marr, executive director of the Wilderness Society, said the Kaanju, Ayapathu, Lama Lama and Umpila peoples had sought the return of their land for many years. The McIlwraith Range area is the largest area of tropical rainforest wilderness left in Australia. It has the greatest diversity of Australia's orchid species and over half of its butterfly species.
It is also home to endangered species such as the cassowary.

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