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.
Rainforest Rescue's work to protect and expand The Big Scrub Rainforest indeed has beneficiaries. Working with the Aboriginal community helps low-income families develop a sustainable/eco-friendly economy. Helping rainforest ecosystems also aids the local and global environment. This being the most bio-diverse ecosystem in all New South Wales, we thought it would be nice to give you a list of all the threatened species that live in and around the area, and depend on the well-being of The Big Scrub Rainforest. Helping an incredible "green team" develop a 21st century model for a more sustainable economy has the same effect as throwing a stone into a pond, and then seeing the classic ripple effect. Your donations make an impact and this impact carries on.
From great birds like the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, to the Giant Barred Frog and from the Spotted-tailed Quoll to flying foxes and even the beloved koala, some Australia's most iconic and keystone species reside in this great, yet small and fragile rainforest. We invite you to get to know some of the natural beauties your support is directly touching. Our next Project Report will be an update on the work your donations are generously supporting. Please see the link below and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Paul Medici, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your support is greatly needed and we encourage you to donate to the project again, if it is within your means. The Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team is seeking growth in numbers and this can only be accomplished through work projects. Your donations help create the projects that need to be done--planting trees, essential weeding and other forest regeneration work, creating wildlife corridors and nursery work.
Rainforest Rescue has been working with the Madhima Gulgan to implement a range of revegetation and regeneration projects on land located within the Big Scrub (please see our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au for more information on the Big Scrub). The team has planted 1,620 trees in the project area over January-March period. The trees are all locally propagated for the subtropical rainforest and a stand of koala food trees were put in to add to an existing koala corridor. Unfortunately, Koala’s have just been listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ in Queensland, New South Wales and Australia’s Capital Territory under national environmental law.
Rainforest Rescue has also been busy preparing for the annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day event. Co-founded by Rainforest Rescue with the Big Scrub Rainforest Landcare Group, the Big Scrub Rainforest Day has grown to become Australia’s largest annual landcare education event. People travel from all over southeast Queensland, northern New South Wales and beyond to join the festivities and discover practical ways they can help the environment. Here is a link to a video capturing some of the highlights of last year's event-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZekCe37AI4E
***Site preparation, supervision of tree planters and maintenance will be undertaken by the Madhima Gulgan Aboriginal Association’s Bush Regeneration Team***
Thank you for your support friends! We look forward to your continued interest and help, and hope that you may be able to help Rainforest Rescue further by forwarding our project around to friends via Facebook, Twitter and so on. Every little bit helps!!
Paul Medici, US & UK Project Development
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