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-...
Aug 1, 2013

Funding Rainforest Restoration in Sri Lanka

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thank you for your generous donation in support of our Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project.

Rainforest Rescue has been working in partnership with Rainforest Rescue International based in Galle, Sri Lanka, since 2008 to combat the effects of deforestation by employing local people to plant trees to create a rainforest corridor between the two largest remaining rainforest areas in south-west Sri Lanka; the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the nearby Kanneliya Forest.

The Sinharaja Reserve is regarded as one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hot spots with very high levels of endemism. Sadly it is also one of the last remaining forest patches and one of the most threatened ecosystems in Southeast Asia. 

Funding provided by generous Rainforest Rescue supporters over the past five years has contributed to

  • The creation of a rainforest corridor between the two largest remaining rainforests in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Kanneliya Forest;
  • The purchase of rainforest and buffer zone lands at risk of clearing for agriculture;
  • Restoration of over 1,000 acres of degraded forest  patches and riparian habitat which has seen nearly one million trees planted including many endemic and threatened rainforest trees;
  • The establishment of seven plant nurseries to supply seedlings for restoration projects;
  • Educating over 4,000 local children in environmental by conducting school education programs to support local forest stewardship;
  • The training of over 1,000 farmers in organic agriculture to assist them in developing sustainable livelihoods thereby removing pressures on the rainforest;
  • Supporting almost 8 percent of the population which relies on the rainforest for their livelihood.

Recently we undertook a review of our conservation projects and have decided to concentrate our conservation efforts within Australian and the Asia-Pacific Region. As such we will no longer be continuing with our Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project.

Thank you so much for supporting this worthwhile project. For further information on our projects please visit our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au.



Jul 29, 2013

Happy 21st!

Happy 21st
Happy 21st

Dear Friends & Supporters

Recently we had great cause for celebration having reached an important milestone in our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project.

We have now bought back and protected 21 properties in the Daintree Rainforest!

Quite simply we could not have come this far without the support of donors like you. From all of us here at Rainforest Rescue, and on behalf of the plants and animals that call the Daintree home, thank you!

Our 21st property, located at Lot 76 Rosewood Road in Cow Bay, is located within close proximity to seven other properties purchased by Rainforest Rescue which form the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge. This corridor provides critical rainforest habitat for over 122 rare, threatened and endangered species including the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) and the Rare Bennett's Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus).

Through our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project we prioritise the purchase of those properties which provide wildlife corridors between protected areas of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. With the recent acquisition of Lot 76 Rosewood Road into the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge we now have the opportunity to close one section of Rosewood Road. This will significantly reduce the risk of threatened and endangered wildlife falling victim to passing traffic which sadly happens too frequently in this area of the Daintree Rainforest.

With each property that we purchase we come one step closer to achieving our vision of buying back all properties in the daintree threatened by residential development. Please, will you make a donation today to help continue this important work?

Five properties are currently at the top of our Daintree 'Buy Back List'. These five properties are at immediate risk of development and we are currently fundraising to raise the $250,000 required to protect these properties from development.

Four of the properties are located within the Forest Creek Precinct and form an almost continuous block. Buying all four at once will create a valuable rainforest corridor between two sections of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. The fifth property is located in the Kimberley region and is within close proximity to six other properties protected by Rainforest Rescue.

The purchase of these properties will go a long way to helping us acheive our vision to buy back and protect all remaining 180 properties threatened by residential development in the Daintree Lowlands by 2030. Please donate now to protect the Daintree Rainforest forever.

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Jul 29, 2013

More Cassowary habitat protected

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Dear Friends & Supporters

Thanks to your generous support another rainforest property in the Daintree Rainforest has been protected.

Recently we celebrated the purchase and protection of our 21st property in the Daintree, home to the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii). With only 1,000 Cassowaries left in the wild in Australia, every rainforest property protected ensures the survival of this important rainforest species.

Our 21st property at Lot 76 Rosewood Road Cow Bay is the eighth property to be included in our Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge. The word 'Baralba' comes from the local Aboriginal people, the kuki yalanji, and means  'wildlife track'. The corridor provides critical habitat linkages between two sections of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area.

The purchase of Lot 76 Rosewood Road came about when the owners contacted Rainforest Rescue directly to seek advice on how to minimise the impact on the surrounding rainforest when building their dream home. It's a tough question and one we get asked from time to time by landowners in the Daintree. As always we respond with the tough answer: Don't build your home there. We suggested to the owner that perhaps he and his family would consider selling the property to us instead so that we could save the rainforest forever.

At the time the owner was committed to building his family dream home and we left the conversation there. A few months passed and he contacted us again. We were surprised and delighted when he said he would consider selling us the property at a price that would only recover their costs, and not to make a profit on the sale. The family came to this decision after seeing Endangered Southern Cassowaries on their property.

With each property that we purchase we come one step closer to achieving our vision of buying back all properties in the Daintree Rainforest threatened by residential development.

Right now five properties are at the top of our urgent buy back list. Please donate now to ensure  precious Cassowary habitat is preserved forever.

Four of the properties are located in the Forest Creek Precinct and form an almost continuous rainforest block. Buying all four at once will create a critical wildlife corridor for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and 122 other rare and threatened species that call the Daintree home. These properties are also close to four other properties purchased and protected by Rainforest Rescue thereby consolidating 10 years worth of conservation efforts in this area of the Daintree.

The fifth property is located in the Kimberely Precinct and is nearby to six other Rainforest Rescue properties.

The purchase of these five properties will go a long way to helping us achieve our vision to buy back and protect all remaining 180 properties threatened by residential development in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest by 2030.

Please donate today and save the Daintree forever.


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