Help Aboriginal Green Team For Australia's Forests

 
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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.

May 29, 2013

A Long...List of Project Beneficiaries

Celebrating Wildlife of The Big Scrub
Celebrating Wildlife of The Big Scrub

Dear friends,

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 medicipj2@yahoo.com.

http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/big-scrub-threatened-species.htm

 

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.

Sincerely,

 

Paul Medici

 

 

 

 

 

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Wilson
Wilson's Creek, Big Scrub
Parts of the Big Scrub Rainforest
Parts of the Big Scrub Rainforest
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
Sep 18, 2012

For The Big Scrub, Big Opportunities

Wilson
Wilson's Creek
For The Big Scrub...Big Opportunities For Hands On, Heart-Felt Work
 
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 Indigenous people employed to care
for country they share a personal and historical connection with. 
 
In the past six months, the small band of workers who make up the Madhima Gulgan Bush
Regeneration Team have planted another 1,620 trees for Rainforest Rescue,
bringing life back to farms in the Byron Bay hinterland. Team members have
also been busy removing Madeira Vine and other invasive weeds. Removing weeds is
not very appealing work, yet it is vitally important to the survival and
regeneration of the rainforest.
 
Being a Madhima Gulgan bush regenerator 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. This is a unique opportunity, as the Madhima Gulgan Bush
Regeneration Team is the only Indigenous bush regeneration team within the Byron
Shire and Tweed Shire.
 
With the help of our supporters, Rainforest Rescue is keen to support Madhima Gulgan
Community Association into the future. We are grateful for their contribution to
our Big Scrub Plant a Rainforest Project and look forward to this partnership
continuing to grow and thrive.

Gaven Ivey, Team Member, Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team 
"I've been part of the group since 2008. At the moment, we’ve been doing a fair bit of
weed control, planting and maintenance. We also visit schools. I moved away, to
Sydney, when I was 18. I wanted to get back to country, travel it and work it.
This way, I get a hands-on feel for it. Being out in the rainforest… it’s the
most beautiful office I’ve ever been in.
 
Every day you have these moments where you look around and think ‘wow’.
 
It's nice to work on places you’ve grown up in. Locals, Councils and others open up to us.
We get the history of the country we’re working on. You actually get a feeling
about the site. Currently, it’s about four of us working out in the field, then
another two in the office. I want to do this for longer, get some more training…
I’d love to work towards establishing a chemical-free branch to our
group.”

Trevor Jenkins, Team Leader, Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team  
"When we’re able to offer employment for people, that’s a good feeling. I also find
the field work satisfying. You can look back at the end of the day, and can see
how much better things will be two years on - with the weeds gone, you know
those seedlings are going to get a burst.
 
These last 12 months have been a bit of a nightmare, with the rain and weeds, the rain
can be good for the plantings but too much and we can’t get into the
sites.
 
Some of the places we go to for work are really beautiful… places we wouldn’t normally
get to.

You look down into a valley and can picture in your head what it would have been like. We are trying to bring it back to what it was before.”
 
Thank you very much GlobalGiving supporters.  We greatly appreciate all your support and we hope you are excited about the progress on the ground.  Please feel free to share our project and all our news with friends and family.  Great opportunities lie ahead and we are looking forward to the work and restoring this great rainforest.
 
Cheers,
 
Paul Medici and the Rainforest Rescue Team      

 
Erynn Stephens of RR planting trees
Erynn Stephens of RR planting trees
Galvin from the MGBRT in the field
Galvin from the MGBRT in the field
Can
Can't put a price on great volunteers
Booyong Nature Reserve
Booyong Nature Reserve
May 18, 2012

BIG Work Happening in The Big Scrub Rainforest!

Planting trees in a corridor in The Big Scrub
Planting trees in a corridor in The Big Scrub

Dear Friends,

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!!

 

Cheers,

Paul Medici, US & UK Project Development

 

Kelvin Davies, RR CEO, with the property owner
Kelvin Davies, RR CEO, with the property owner
The Madhima Gulgan hard at work
The Madhima Gulgan hard at work

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Monique Ryan

Mullumbimby, NSW Australia

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