We explore these beautiful world wonders - and learn
how rainforest plants, are a little like humans societies, they need food,
protection, variety of skills to compete, and strive to thrive.
help us experience these wilderness marvels. We quickly see how the
different plants compete yet depending on each other.
We are able to
explore the soils, the rills, the fungi, lichens mosses, ferns, vines the
larger trees shrubs and sounds.
In addition to river flats and
valley floors we find these
giants standing proud in
swamps, beside violent oceans, clinging to steep mountains and engulfing
deserted human settlements.
find rainforests meeting beaches, where all the plants cooperate to protect
themselves from the frequent lashings of the salt laden ocean storms.
This amazing ancient species thrived competing
for a hundred million years. Their special
mountain preference has forced enormous environmental changes since the dinosaurs roamed among them
100+ million years ago.
After more than a 100 million years these
rare dinosaur rainforests
thrive in their special environment. We can observe each plant's interdependence and competition
among the huge variety of life forms that share these amazing lands.
Forests for industry
Trees introduced from other lands are prolific and fast growing.
Radiata Pines planted on unproductive land
are now highly productive for
timber. They bring with them conservation issues and we explore these.
Virulent and versatile modern species of plants and
animals introduced a just a few generations ago are now threatening to displace the less aggressive native
flora and fauna.
We learn how a massive human effort is now in place to maintain these unique
Depending on interests, we can explore microclimates and the incredible ancient species
plants, birds and insects of the forests. We see how native life
relies on these forests to survive.
In the process we become aware of
the reliance humans have for these and we discover the reasons why New
rainforests are unique in the world.