Rainforest Rescue

Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998 by providing opportunities for individuals and businesses to Protect Rainforests Forever. Our mission is to inspire, engage and build community for the protection, preservation and restoration of rainforests through fundraising and education. Our objectives are: 1. The protection and enhancement of the natural environment. 2. The conservation of rainforests and the preservation of the biodiversity of rainforest ecosystems. 3. The restoration, rehabilitation, enhancement and management of remnant and regrowth rainforest. 4. The revegetation of ex-...

Rainforest Rescue
Cnr Burringbar & Gordon Streets
(PO Box 40)
MULLUMBIMBY, NSW 2482
Australia
+61 2 6684 4360
http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au

Managing Director

Grant Binns

Management Team

Jennifer Croes, Erryn Stephens, Grant Binns, Kaley Morrissey, Sarah Crawford, Joe Reichl, Edie Bietzel, Golly Watson, Catherine Somers

Board of Directors

Leonie Gale, Frank Volckmar, Tony Gilding, Jennifer Croes, Madeleine Faught, Sue Higgenson, Erryn Stephens, Grant Binns, Kaley Morrissey, Sarah Crawford, Joe Reichl, Edie Bietzel, Golly Watson, Catherine Somers

Project Leaders

Monique Ryan

Mission

Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998 by providing opportunities for individuals and businesses to Protect Rainforests Forever. Our mission is to inspire, engage and build community for the protection, preservation and restoration of rainforests through fundraising and education. Our objectives are: 1. The protection and enhancement of the natural environment. 2. The conservation of rainforests and the preservation of the biodiversity of rainforest ecosystems. 3. The restoration, rehabilitation, enhancement and management of remnant and regrowth rainforest. 4. The revegetation of ex-rainforest lands, including without limitation the establishment and ongoing management of rainforests plantings or signficant ecological value. The strategies that we employ to achieve these objectives is to: 1. Seek funding in the form of donation and sponsorships from individuals, businesses and philanthropic trusts and foundations. 2. Purchase and protect high conservation value rainforest and preserve its biodiveristy; and 3. Finance projects that re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs. Rainforest Rescue meaures its performance of these objectives and strategies through ongoing governance, financial management and corporate compliance, therefore achieving the environmental objectives of the organisation's constitution being the protection and preservation of rainforests. Rainforest Rescue is an Austtralian registered company limited by guarantee and a registered charity with deductible gift recipient status. We are also on the Australian Register of Environmental Organisations.

Programs

Our projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity. The following is a short description of our projects outlining our objectives and achievements to date. Further information is available on our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au. **Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever** Located in Far North Queensland Australia the Daintree Rainforest is the world's oldest rainforest having been in existence continuously for over 100 million years. Although surrounded by the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area parts of the coastal lowland rainforest from the Daintree River to Cape tribulation still remain unprotected and a risk from development. Rural residential development is the greatest threat to the Daintree Rainforest. Increased settlement leads to clearing and fragmentation of the rainforest, more wildlife killed on road, an increase in invasive weeds displacing native plants and the further loss of wildlife through domestic dog attacks. Today 180 properties still remain at risk of development. Through our Daintree Buy back and Protect Forever Project, Rainforest Rescue identifies and purchases precious rainforest at risk of development and establishes Nature Refuge status which protects it forever under covenants ratified by the Queensland Parliament in Australia. To date Rainforest Rescue has purchased and protected 21 properties in the Daintree Rainforest. **Cassowary Corridor Restoration Project** The Endangered Southern Cassowary is one of the world's most prehistoric birds, and the world's third largest. It is found only in the dense tropical rainforests of Far North Queensland Australia. The Cassowary is known as a "keystone species", crucial for rainforest ecology and habitats of diverse species, because of the role it plays as a major seed disperser for up to 238 different fruit species. Habitat destruction through the clearing and fragmentation of rainforest for residential development, which in turn has lead to an increased mortality rate from collisions with cars and dog attacks, has reduced Cassowary numbers to as few as 1,000 in the wild. More than 80% of prime Cassowary habitat in the coastal lowland rainforests of North Queensland has been cleared over the past 100 years. Following the devastating impact of Cyclone Yasi on Cassowary habitat at Mission Beach in North Queensland, Rainforest Rescue is working to restore existing Cassowary habitat as well as widening, and creating new wildlife corridors through the planting and maintenance of rainforest plant species. **Plant a Rainforest** Although rainforests only cover 6% of the Earth's surface they are extremely valuable ecosystems. Containing over 50% of the world's animal and plant species. They also play a critical role in regulating the Earth's climate by stimulating rainfall and producing oxygen to which all animals, including humans, depend on for survival. Unfortunately our rainforests are under constant threat from development and expanding agriculture. Over three-quarters of Australia's rainforests have been destroyed since European settlement. Only a series of fragmented pockets across northern Australia and down the east coast to Tasmania remain. Under our Plant a Rainforest Project, Rainforest Rescue works to restore previously cleared areas of rainforest within the Daintree Rainforest of Far North Queensland and the Big Scrub Rainforest of northern New South Wales. Working in partnership with the local community we plant over 250 different species of rainforest trees to create a diverse ecosystem for the many species of plants and animals that call the rainforest home. To date we have planted over 148,000 trees. **Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Habitat for Recovery** The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is one of the largest and most beautiful native butterflies founds in Australia. It plays an important role in the rainforest ecosystem, acting as a pollinator and an overall indicator of the health of the rainforest. Living in the sub-tropical rainforests of Australia, the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly was once widely distributed along the East Coast of Australia. Today it is only found in isolated pockets of sub-tropical rainforest. Clearing of its native larval food plant, the Birdwing Vine, which has declined from two-thirds of its original vine, and invasions of poisonous weeds, have drastically reduced numbers. Through our Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Habitat for Recovery Project, Rainforest Rescue is committed to the recovery of the important sub-tropical rainforest species through the planting of Birdwing Vines within south east Queensland and northern New South Wales. Our project is seeking to establish a series of corridors that will allow for the natural migration of the butterfly between isolated pockets of sub-tropical rainforest habitat. **Orangutan Habitat for Survival** Orangutans are only found on the Indonesian islands of Borneo and North Sumatra where their survival is threatened by illegal logging and the establishment of Oil Palm plantations. The Sumatran Orangutan is listed as Critically Endangered with an estimated 6.624 left in the wild. Indonesia has one of the highest rates of tropical rainforest loss in the world. In the past 25 years Sumatra alone has lost a staggering 48% of its forests. This has devastating consequences for wildlife - not just the Critically Endangered Orangutan - but many other species too including the Sumatran Tiger, Elephant and Rhino. In partnership with the Orangutan Information Centre in north Sumatra, Rainforest Rescue is working to protect and restore critical Orangutan habitat in the Gunung Leuser National park. This is being achieved through the planting of rainforest plant species, the removal of illegally planted Oil Palms and the prevention of further clearing of the rainforest. **Plant a Rainforest Sri Lanka** The Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lank has been identified as one of the most important for biological biodiversity in the world. Situated in the south-west lowland wet zone, the reserve was declared a biosphere reserve in April 1978 and a World Heritage Area in 1988. Two-thirds of the rainforest that existed in Sri Lanka 15 years ago have now been cleared due to the pressures of development and expanding agriculture. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is the last extensive primary lowland tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka. Biodiversity within the reserve is very high with more than 60% of the trees endemic to the region, many of them considered rare. Over 50% of Sri Lanka's mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians are also endemic to the region. The reserve is also an important resource to local people who rely on the rainforest for food, shelter, and materials. Rainforest Rescue's Plant a Rainforest Project in Sri Lanka, in partnership with Rainforest Rescue International, aims to protect Sri Lanka's last remaining rainforests forever by reducing the pressures on rainforest resources through community education programs, property purchase and rainforest regeneration, thereby establishing sustainable livelihood for local residents. **Ecuador Save a Hectare** Although small in size, the Andean Cloud Forests of Ecuador are considered to be the single richest hotspot of biodiversity on the planet, containing approximately 15-17% of the world's plant species and nearly 20% of its bird diversity. As a habitat the Cloud Forests of Ecuador are home to an incredible range of animals including jaguars, spectacled bears and many rare birds. However the constant threat of logging, mining and unsustainable agriculture is edging many of these species towards extinction. Over 200,000 hectares of rainforest in Ecuador is being cleared per year to make way for development and agriculture. Rainforest Rescue's Ecuador Save a Hectare Project, in partnership with Rainforest Concern, is working to purchase and protect strategically important rainforest properties within the Choco-Andean Corridor. This corridor provides a vital link between the Andean Cloud Forests and the lowland forests of the Awa Ethnic Reserves, ensuring continuity of rainforest between the three largest reserves in western Ecuador.

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