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.
On behalf of Rainforest Rescue, I wanted to thank you very much for your continued support. We have a very nice Project Report to share with you and we hope it will encourage you to donate again to this fine project and conservation effort. Please know your help and your generous support is the life source of our operations and we mean it when we say that every dollar counts. Please contact me anytime if you happen to have any questions on this project-- email@example.com. Thank you and I hope to hear from some of you soon.
**Cassowaries in the Bingil Bay area have larger, safer and better connected habitat as a result of local residents clearing weeds and planting 500 trees on a council reserve.
Funding provided by Rainforest Rescue culminated in a tree planting event held on Sunday 17th February, managed by project implementation partner Terrain NRM, where nearly 40 locals planted 500 trees.
Around 40 volunteers from the local community planted 500 trees to expand habitat for Cassowary populations at Bingil Bay Reserve
The tree planting is the second to be funded by Rainforest Rescue in the Mission Beach area; the local Cassowary population is also benefitting from the planting of 1,900 trees, also managed by Terrain, in a Cassowary corridor at Cottonwood, near Wongaling Beach.
Bingil Bay resident Greg James, who planted trees on the day and is also a Rainforest Rescue supporter said, “Because of the pressures around here, this is an area that needs attention, every little bit counts.”
This year’s site was specifically chosen because it is known that Cassowaries use this particular reserve for both habitat and as a corridor.
“This corridor links Clump Mountain with Brookes and Garners Beaches and at least six different cassowaries have been seen using this corridor,” said Terrain’s Tony O’Malley.
The corridor provides a valuable wildlife link between Clump Mountain and Brookes and Garners Beach. At least six different Cassowaries are known to use this corridor.
Rainforest Rescue’s Erryn Stephens said, “Through Terrain we are achieving positive outcomes for local Cassowary populations and other threatened and endangered species that rely on the rainforest for survival.
“This collaborative approach to rainforest restoration would not be possible without the wonderful support we have received from the Mazda Foundation, Taronga Conservation Society, GlobalGiving donors, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, North Queensland Wildlife Trust and Amuse Australia, along with donations from the general community.”
The site is part of a network of reserves managed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council in the Bingil Bay area.
This particular tree planting event builds on revegetation work that Terrain previously funded C4 to do to improve the landscape for this endangered species, on another section of the same site.
Local Siobhan Jackson said, “The community involvement is a great initiative. It gives people ownership of environmental care and an awareness of where the corridors are.”
“Bingil Bay is a special place where people live in the rainforest and share the same space as the Cassowary,” said Mr O’Malley.
Rainforest Rescue will also fund a contractor to manage weeds in the replanted site through the wet season.
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!
Rainforest Rescue's TOP 5 Daintree Properties to Buy Back & Protect Forever
"These blocks are located in Cow Bay, an area that we’ve been working towards protecting for more than a decade, and now it’s all coming together,” says Rainforest Rescue CEO & Founding Director Kelvin Davies.
"It's not only a win for the local wildlife and rainforest; it’s a win for our supporters. These people and businesses have given not only their time and money, but their trust. They’ve shown faith in our motivations and strategies for purchasing properties. They’ve trusted us to make decisions in the best interest of the Daintree Rainforest and future generations of Australians.”
Both properties purchased this year were ear-marked for development, but will now be protected forever.
"So what’s happened is, we’ve safeguarded an existing wildlife corridor from future development and fragmentation. Lots 82 and 83 connect with five other properties already purchased by Rainforest Rescue and increase the size of the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge.
This corridor provides a vital link between two isolated parts of the Daintree National Park / World Heritage Area. It allows for the movement of wildlife such as the Endangered Cassowary… and it connects populations of plants, among them three vulnerable and 11 rare plant species,” says Kelvin.
Assigned by local Aboriginal people, the kuku yalanji, the name Baralba means ‘wildlife track’. “The biodiversity here is amazing,” says Kelvin. “I have seen Cassowaries in this area. It is a real hotspot for Cassowaries.”
Rainforest Rescue carefully chooses the properties it purchases andprotects following careful research into the conservation gains to be obtained. By strategically acquiring properties alongside one another we provide the habitat required for essential corridors for Cassowaries and other wildlife.
With each block purchased, regardless of size, further settlement in the Daintree is impacted; and it’s the settlement pressures of increased infrastructure, dogs and traffic that prove most devastating to local Cassowaries.
People settling in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest also bring garden plants that can invade the rainforest and become environmental weeds. We work to clear up these ‘garden escapees’ and keep on protecting more properties so that integrity is maintained and less settlement disturbs the Daintree.
The suite of native plants and animals on Lots 82 and 83 is diverse and well worth protecting. A fauna and flora study revealed the presence of over 137 different species of plants on the properties including locally significant rare and threatened species Haplostychanthus sp. Cooper Creek (rare), Normanbya normanbyi, Endiandra microneura (rare), Cleistanthus myrianthus (rare) and Hernandia albiflora. Both properties are classified as essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) under the Queensland Vegetation Management Act 1999. Thanks Mates!! We're doing the work that needs to be done and we hope you will tell yourfamily and friends about our work. Take care!
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