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-...
Oct 30, 2013

Thanks to you another rainforest property is saved

Thanks for your wonderful support
Thanks for your wonderful support

Dear Friend & Supporter

Thanks to your wonderful support another rainforest property has been protected in the Daintree bringing the total number saved to 22

Earlier this year we announced our intention to buy back and protect five rainforest properties in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that we had identified as high-conservation value. Thanks to generous donations from Rainforest Rescue supporters, and of course the wonderful contribution from our GlobalGiving donors, we recently confirmed the purchase of one of these properties at Lot 16 Forest Creek Close.

This property is one of three located on Forest Creek Close that we have targeted in our 'Top 5 Buy Back List'.

The acquisition of this property represented a strategic opportunity for Rainforest Rescue as it is located within close proximity to four other properties that we have already protected in this area; three of which form the Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuge. Its purchase provides habitat connectivity to the surrounding Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area, home to over 122 rare, threatened and endangered species including the Endangered Southern Cassowary and the rare Bennett's Tree-kangaroo. 

With the property classified as containing "essential habitat" for the Endangered Southern Cassowary, its conservation value is unquestionable. A flora and fauna survey undertaken on the property identified 128 different plant species including five threatened species: Brass' Pothos (Pothos brassii), Black Palm (Normanbya normanbyi), Kamala (Mallotus polyadenos), Rusty Rhodomyrtus (Rhodomyrtus effusa) and species of Haplostichantus endemic to north-east Queensland.

Thank you so much for your generous support that enabled the purchase of this important rainforest property. Please will you donate again so we can buy back the remaining properties on our 'Top 5 Buy Back List'.

The purchase of Lots 17 & 18 Forest Creek Close which are adjacent to Lot 16 will create an invaluable wildlife corridor in this section of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. Threat of development in this area is high given its idealic location to the Daintree River and the ferry terminal.

With every property that we purchase we are one step closer to ensuring that the unqiue conservation values of the Daintree Rainforest are protected forever. Thank you for everything you do to help Protect Rainforests Forever.

Oct 29, 2013

See what your donation has helped achieve

Thanks from all of us at Rainforest Rescue
Thanks from all of us at Rainforest Rescue

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thanks to your wonderful support a futher 14,362 trees have been planted to restore habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary

There's something about Rainforest Rescue's Cassowary Conservation Reserve that inspires people to toil on its behalf, rain or shine....and that has certainly be the case this year with a further 14,362 trees planted over the past twelve months. All of this undertaken by our dedicated Daintree Land Manager Joe Reichl and a handful of passionate volunteers.

This 27.66 hectare property was purchased by Rainforest Rescue in 2010 and has been the focus of our restoration efforts ever since. As a result of a long history of abuse, from a combination of clearing, grazing and Oil Palm cultivation, almost two-thirds of the property was severely degraded with a mass tangle of impenetrable weeds, dumped cars and rubbish. The worst of the weeds was the dreaded Oil Palm; greedily self-seeding across the property.

Situated at the base of the statuesque Thornton's Peak the property provides a critical wildlife corridor between the Daintree Lowland Rainforest and the upper reaches of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. Cassowaries are often spotted traversing through the property with the area classified as containing "essential habitat" for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.

The work being undertaken on the property is part of a three year project which will see a total of 30,000 trees planted on site with a further 59,000 to be facilitated through natural regeneration. All of the trees are grown in our Daintree Rainforest Nursery using locally sourced seeds which adds further integrity to this project.

In addition to the planting the site is also being used as the basis of a research project to record the growth rate of new plantings alongside the natural regeneration that occurs on the site. The research is being headed by rainforest ecologist and botanist Dr Robert Kooyman and facilitated on the ground by our Daintree Land Manager Joe Reichl.

So far two monitoring cycles have been completed. This involves recording the number and size of all planted stems and natural regrowth and the rate and development of the canopy and leaf litter cover. Our project is featured on the Ecological Management & Restoration Project Summaries website and includes a table of the monitoring results to date.

one of the three highest priority precincts in the Daintree Lowlands. The property exhibits Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10 which is described as being 'complex mesophyll vine forest' which is listed as ‘endangered’ under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999. - See more at: http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/daintree-property-13.html#sthash.aplFiTcd.dpuf
one of the three highest priority precincts in the Daintree Lowlands. The property exhibits Regional Ecosystem 7.3.10 which is described as being 'complex mesophyll vine forest' which is listed as ‘endangered’ under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999. - See more at: http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/daintree-property-13.html#sthash.aplFiTcd.dpuf

Walking around this property one cannot but be amazed at the incredible transformation that has taken place in the last three years. The wildlife is returning, with Cassowaries visiting almost daily. The vigorous growth of the plantings has replaced a degraded landscape with a vibrant young rainforest and a rapidly developing rainforest canopy.

This restoration project provides a living example of how we can make a difference. Working together we can both protect and restore biodiverse rainforests into the future.

Thank you so much for supporting on projects to protect and restore habitat for the Cassowary. Please donate now to help us continue this vitally important work.

For futher information on our projects please visit our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au. You can also keep up-to-date by following us on Facebook.

Cassowaries are frequenting the planting site
Cassowaries are frequenting the planting site
New rainforest habitat is quickly forming
New rainforest habitat is quickly forming
Dr Kooyman & Edie documenting plant species
Dr Kooyman & Edie documenting plant species
Aug 1, 2013

Supporting Indigeneous Rainforest Conservation

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thank you for your support of our project to restore the Big Scrub Rainforest.

Rainforest Rescue has been restoring the Big Scrub Rainforest Remnants since 1999 and in 2008 we joined with the Madhima Gulgan Community Association and their bush regeneration team to continue this important work. This partnership has made terrific headways not only for the rainforest, but for the local Indigeneous people employed to care for country they share a personal and historical connection with.

Over the past five years, this small team of workers have planted close to 20,000 trees on public and private areas within the Byron Shire. Team members have also been engaged in ongoing weed removal.

Employed as professional bush regenerators, team members build up extensive practical field experience preparing planting sites, removing weeds, planting trees and maintaining sites. Each has completed, or is working towards, a Certificate IV in Conservation Land Management.

Due to a realignment of our conservation priorities we will no longer be continuing with our Big Scrub Plant a Rainforest. We have instead shifted our conservation focus to Far North Queensland Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

For further information on our projects and how you can assist please visit our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au.

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