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-...
Mar 11, 2013

Why I Support Rainforest Rescue's Project in Sri Lanka

Thushari, Academy Member, at the 2012 EMMYS
Thushari, Academy Member, at the 2012 EMMYS

My name is Thushari Jayasekera and I care about healing the planet as a whole and have been interested in taking small steps that I can to help the environment. I ask questions like why can't the cattle raised for meat be grass fed instead of grain fed? Why do companies and governments clear rainforests for progress when we won't be able to enjoy the progress when the world reaches a point where we and they won't be able to survive? Not all of us are well versed in scientific aspects of how the world works and what affects us. I certainly am not even though I know some facts. Humans and other living beings need oxygen to breath. When most of us can take two steps to help, then how different the world will be...

Rainforests and the environment do not get destroyed by itself.  Corporations can make all the profit they want and have all the success but what good is that when we won't have a place to live? Destroying the Rainforests that help keep us alive is not the answer. The answer is to keep them. And not do anything to them. We must take care of our natural resources.

Among all therainforests that need saving, the Sinharaja Rainforest is one that is important to Sri Lanka and the South Asian region. That is why I want to support the long-term survival of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. I think what Rainforest Rescue is doing is awesome and great. And it’s wonderful that they have partnered with GlobalGiving to raise funds for the project. How are they helping to protect the rainforest and what type of conservation is necessary? Find out more at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-remaining-rainforest-patches-sri-lanka/

Actually, growing up in the USA, I did not know about the state of the Sinharaja Forest until I found out about it thru Rainforest Rescue which is a sad thing. News about threats to rainforests around the world are not everyday front page news or even low priority mainstream news. So like a lot of others do and will do, I, also, had to read up on this project. And I know that many in the USA do not know about Sri Lanka: an island in the Indian Ocean. We cannot be aware of all that is going on in the world, but we can definitely take steps to speak up when we find
out about situations. After I found out, I read more information about the reserve and saw photos. How beautiful and precious, I thought: A tropical rainforest with a variety of unusual species. If you look at photos of the
place, you will see the lush and varied green life & foliage. A link:http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/plant-a-rainforest-sri-lanka.html

Something simple that we all may forget is that rainforests are important to have rain. Some things die out or become extinct naturally but when dying out happens unnaturally (usually due to man made progress) then steps must be taken to protect and preserve. In general, when corporations and governments act without looking at
all sides, and only look at what is profitable or clearing land, they are taking what is essential away from the people. It is all of our responsibility to keep a balance. We can be industrial without harming the forests around us. 
Aren't humans supposed to be resourceful? Then we can achieve our goals by not destroying what we need to survive. Therefore Sinharaja Forest Reserve is important to all living things in that region and should be protected. And to do that financial support is necessary.

Anyone can go to wikipedia online or Rainforest Rescue site to find out more about the Sinharaja Rainforest and learn about how to help to sustain life so people can continue life there. The Sinharaja Reserve
is regarded as one of the world’s 25 biodiversity ‘hot spots’, thus Long-term survival of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and surrounding rainforest patches in Sri Lanka is essential. It would be wonderful if you read up on the project and
support any way you can to help Rainforest Rescue take care of Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka.


Thank you.

Thushari Jayasekera
-American Actress of South Asian origin
aka Sri Lankan-American Actress

Thushari on her last trip to Sri Lanka
Thushari on her last trip to Sri Lanka
Lush Sri Lankan Vegetation
Lush Sri Lankan Vegetation
Thushari, 2013
Thushari, 2013
Dec 19, 2012

Enrich Lives & Rainforests

Education is Key
Education is Key
Dear Friends,
Would you like to help Rainforest Rescue send Indigenous Australians to school to become certified in conservation and land management?  Rainforest Rescue believes this is an investment worth supporting and we have been helping the Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team earn their Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management since 2008. 
 
Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
 
This qualification is part of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. It allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the conservation and land management industry. This qualification enables a selection of units from indigenous land management, natural area restoration, conservation earthworks or lands, parks and wildlife to create a general qualification as a job focus.
 
 
Cost $1,900
Duration 6 months full time
Be a benefactor this Holiday Season and help people in need with a much needed hand up, not a hand out.  This is incredibly important work and we all benefit when our rainforests are restored, healthy and fully functioning. 
Happy holidays!
Paul 
Trevor Jenkins, Leader of the MGBRT
Trevor Jenkins, Leader of the MGBRT
MGBRT planting trees in The Big Scrub Rainforest
MGBRT planting trees in The Big Scrub Rainforest
Dec 14, 2012

Small Nursery, Big Results

Daintree Rainforest Nursery
Daintree Rainforest Nursery

Dear Friends,

Sometimes, Rainforest Rescue purchases properties that are in need of some restoration work.  It's a good thing our Daintree Rainforest Nursery is in great hands.  Please see the story below:

 

When it comes to taking credit for the Daintree Rainforest Plant Nursery’s extraordinary outputs, Nursery Manager Edie Beitzel shies away from the spotlight. But Edie and her small band of volunteers must be doing something right – they propagated 6,000 rainforest plants last year growing up to 165 different rainforest species.

“We have 10 volunteers on the books doing various tasks, and about four come along regularly each week. They come for an enjoyable afternoon. They like to see the progress, from the seed stage, through to when they are planted in the ground.

On a typical day, I prepare the volunteers essential afternoon tea, move stock out to make space for new propagations, update the database, it’s pretty varied and planting.

It’s a challenge to keep up the diversity of species.

For example, some species might only fruit every two years – so it’s timing things for when we need them. We have to ensure there are enough species for projects, keep enough balance. For Cassowaries, it’s supplying the trees that they need, so that there’s always something fruiting.

I’ve been doing this job for a bit over two years. It’s interesting, flexible, there is always something surprising… I love learning about the rainforest and working with the volunteers. I also have three kids and they love being part of it too.”

 

Thank you friends.  We value your support and if you're in a position to give a Year-End Tax-Deductible donation to the project, we would greatly appreciate it.  There is a lot of work to be done, but having your support is a blessing.  Happy Holidays!

 

Cheers,

 

Paul        

Edie and Joe
Edie and Joe
Peanut, cassowary chick
Peanut, cassowary chick
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