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-...
Feb 3, 2015

We planted our 70,000th Daintree rainforest tree!

the nursery team busy at work
the nursery team busy at work

With the support of our donors we reached an incredible milestone at the end of 2014 – we planted our 70,000th rainforest tree in the Daintree!

This is an incredible achievement, one that we are very proud of, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of our dedicated donors and volunteers. Thank you very much.

We want to share with you the achievements from 2014:

  • Planted 18,099 rainforest trees in the Daintree
  • Held two community tree planting days in the Daintree with nearly 2,000 trees planted
  • Spent over 4,500 hours restoring our Daintree properties
  • Grew more than 20,000 seedlings in our Daintree Rainforest Nursery

Thank you – YOU made this possible

 

Our productive Daintree Nursery

Four years ago, our Daintree Nursery could propagate and grow 3000 plants per year. Last year, the nursery team propagated and grew over 20,000 plants; a figure set to continue to grow.

This increase in nursery capacity was made possible by donations and grants. The funding enabled our Daintree Nursery Manager and our Daintree Land Manager to streamline potting and growing processes. We were able to install steel framed benches to hold all the seedling trays, additional planting materials, plus supplementary irrigation equipment, all which have contributed to more effective outcomes.

At any given time, there are approximately 6000 potted plants within the nursery shade house, and around 4000 in the sun hardening area. Propagation requires the collection of local seeds which are then sorted and catalogued prior to being sown for the germination process, and last year the nursery propagated 204 different rainforest species. This is definitely a ‘success story’ as not all rainforest seeds germinate easily, and many seeds are available only intermittently.

The decision about what seeds to collect and propagate is based on the needs of the restoration site. Local fruits are collected from within the Daintree Lowlands; their seeds retrieved and readied for propagation.

Plans for this year

Thanks to your continued support and donation we have begun the year busily, maintaining the nearly 35,000 trees we have planted in the Daintree over the last two years – it takes two years of watering and weeding before the young seedlings are strong enough to grow without our maintenance. The late arriving wet season meant we had to water for much longer into the season.

Now the rain has begun falling (and falling) and this gives us the confidence to begun planting more seedlings.

Scoping out the most high conservation properties to protect

We have also begun planning our next purchases. First our volunteer Daintree advisors conduct detailed surveys to assess priority properties using our Daintree Land Acquisition Criteria Score Card. This enables us to rank and prioritise properties for purchase (and to ensure we use donors’ gifts as appropriately as possible).

It also ensures we focus our attention on acquiring property with high conservation values that provide habitat corridors for flora and fauna species, a number of which are officially listed as endangered or threatened.

The ten ranking criteria include: forest structural integrity, regional significance, degree of plant endemism, plant species conservation status, connectivity to other protected properties, corridor function, strategic location, existing degradation, settlement threat potential, and value for money.

 

It is already shaping up to be another busy year protecting and restoring rainforest – however with your support in Adopting Vulnerable Rainforest in Australia we can make a tangible difference.

some of the 2000 seedlings grown in 2014
some of the 2000 seedlings grown in 2014
Our productive Daintree nursery
Our productive Daintree nursery

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Dec 15, 2014

Caring for 3 orphan cassowary chicks in care

two of the cassowary chicks in care
two of the cassowary chicks in care

Rainforest Rescue is currently caring for three orphan cassowary chicks are in care at our Garners Beach Cassowary Rehabilitation Recovery Centre at Mission Beach, Far North Queensland, Australia.

Two of the chicks have been in care since 11 October when they were found wandering down a road in south Mission Beach without their father. It is believed he was killed in a dog attack.

The third chick came into care on 16 November when it was approx. one month old after being struck by a vehicle. The chick was initially unable to walk, and was found to have a fractured tailbone. Under the care of Environmental Protection rangers and the Tully Vets its condition improved steadily and it is now able to walk, and has been transferred to the Centre for ongoing care.

All three chicks are steadily improving and their appetite is growing daily! It is expected they will be in care at the Centre for approximately 12 months before they can be returned to the wild.

These chicks represent the future of the endangered southern cassowary population.

All costs associated with raring and rehabilitating these chicks (and all birds taken into care at the Centre) is funded by Rainforest Rescue – this includes food, vet bills, carer costs and the Centre’s maintenance.

It costs $36 to feed and care for one orphaned cassowary for one day. Please support the rehabilitation of these chicks so they can return to the wild.

looking for his puppa
looking for his puppa
Cassowary carer
Cassowary carer
Cassowary enclosure for when the chicks have grown
Cassowary enclosure for when the chicks have grown
Oct 24, 2014

Rainforest restored on two more Daintree blocks

land prepared for planting
land prepared for planting

Restoring rainforests to its former glory takes time, heavy lifting and lots of back-bending but the end result is rewarding and incredibly fulfilling said our Daintree Land Manager, Joe Reichl.

In early 2012, gifts from donors enabled us to secure another two special rainforest properties. We were very keen to purchase lots 82 and 83 Rosewood Road Cow Bay as they had council building approval rights and posed the risk of more dwellings being built.

We already owned six properties in this area, so these two additional ones enabled us to extend the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge - a valuable wildlife corridor that links the Daintree National Park and the World Heritage area.

Flora and fauna surveys verified their high conservation value. The presence of rare plants with limited distribution (like the Rhaphidophora hayi vine), significant sized buttress trees, and limited clearing (at the time we estimated 80% undisturbed rainforest), further increased our desire to protect this rainforest forever.

Once we had secured their purchase, restoring the 20% of disturbed forest did provide some interesting challenges and work for Joe and his team - work that they have just now completed.

For the last two and a half years our team toiled in the heat and the wet to bring the rainforest back.

Joe describes it as it was like someone took a cookie-cutter and removed a chunk of pristine rainforest from each of the properties. These chunks were meant to be house blocks (neither of which were ever built) instead a massive stockpile of debris and sheds accumulated and these were eventually overgrown with weeds that were knee-high and covered the old infrastructure.

Our purchases ensured these precious rainforest was not cleared and the properties are now protected forever with no chance of potential development.

There is no rest for Joe and his team of volunteers and part-time staff they are now back at other properties donors have helped us saved forever - weeding and watering trees they have planted in the last two years and removing younger oil palms.

The purchase and restoration of these two properties would not have been possible without the support of our donors thank you very much. Your support in adopting rainforest helps Protect Rainforest Forever.

We now have our sights set on another two pieces of land to buy and restore and with your support we will save them!

What we have achieved together:

  • 40 tonnes of debris was removed - including sheds, cement, tyres, caravans, water tanks and water tower
  • 4,975m2 of land weeded - Singapore daisy was knee deep
  • 1.4 hectares of land was planted with rainforest seedlings grown in our nursery
  • Weed clearing also enabled the natural regeneration of an additional 30 square metres
  • 1,764 trees planted
  • Equivalent of 31 days taken to remove debris, weeds and oil palms
  • Two more pieces of land restored to their natural rainforest
volunteers planting trees you have adopted
volunteers planting trees you have adopted
weeds, weeds, weeds - it was a jungle of bramble
weeds, weeds, weeds - it was a jungle of bramble
tyres recycled into children
tyres recycled into children's softfall playground
five Oil Palms that covered nearly one hectare
five Oil Palms that covered nearly one hectare
what we saved by protecting this land
what we saved by protecting this land
many old cars left to rot in the rainforest
many old cars left to rot in the rainforest

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