Staff at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve are looking for some very important people - they're searching for volunteers to become rainforest custodians.
Caloundra City Mayor Don Aldous said Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is one of the few remaining large remnants of high quality sub tropical rainforest on the Blackall Range.
"Up to 500,000 people from around the globe visit the reserve each year, to walk through the magnificent trees and view a host of rare and threatened plant and animal species that call the area home," Cr Aldous said.
"That's a tremendous number of visitors and there's a huge amount of work involved in maintaining this remarkable reserve and educating people about its significance."
Maleny Councillor Dick Newman said residents were lucky to have such a remarkable and well-preserved environmental asset on their doorstep, forming a crucial part of the City's biodiversity.
"As the area grows in popularity there is an ever-increasing need for volunteers, who play a vital role in helping visitors experience the majesty of this area," Cr Newman said.
"Volunteers already come from as far a-field as Deception Bay to help in a number of roles throughout Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve - an indication of the significance of this environmental reserve."
If you are a people-person with a passion for the environment, enjoy meeting new people and would like to take part in nature-based activities then perhaps you should become a rainforest custodian.
To find out more, roll up to the monthly volunteer's sausage sizzle at 10am on Saturday July 8 where you can chat to those already lending a hand.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and would like to attend the free barbecue, please call 5499 9907.