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Nov 22, 2019

Ongoing Acclaim for Lot 46 in the Daintree

Cars dumped on Lot 46
Cars dumped on Lot 46

Every time we visit Lot 46, Cape Tribulation Rd in the Daintree rainforest, the incredible regeneration of this once devastated land, 27 hectares of it (or nearly 67 acres) speaks for itself as far as the Rainforest Rescue crew are concerned. To our absolute delight, we were able to take an unprecedented step and showcase this achievement to the nation a few weeks ago when we were contacted by the Australian ABC Television Network. A reporter here had heard about the work Rainforest Rescue supporters like YOU had made possible in completely rehabilitating Lot 46 – once a wasteland - and wanted to help us share this transformational journey to viewers across the country.

The story of Lot 46 is one that we love to tell. It is a rich one, full of emotion, commitment, blood, sweat and tears. Many dumped cars, hundreds of tyres, bunkers, housing pads and impenetrable invasive weeds, were all part of the initial stage of getting the land to a state where we could start regenerating – in the way of planting trees.

Since removing 180 tonnes of rubbish (almost 397,000 pounds) and planting over 45,000 trees, nine years later this land has come back so well that Rainforest Rescue has been advised to seek a Nature Refuge status early in 2020. Just a phenomenal comeback!

Endangered Southern Cassowaries are re-establishing their territories strongly here at this now beautiful rainforest land amongst many other thousands of flora and fauna.

From much time spent with the ABC network deep in Lot 46, a Landline episode was created an aired – a wonderful honouring of this land and the people – like YOU - that have made it come to be now a thriving rainforest. You can view the full episode here.

We hope that you feel very proud of the incredible comeback of this huge property in the Daintree lowlands rainforest– it is with your commitment to Rainforest Rescue that we have been able to accomplish this.

TYres on Lot 46
TYres on Lot 46
Healthy Tree after Planting
Healthy Tree after Planting
Flora coming back
Flora coming back
Nov 20, 2019

Next Rescue for Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor

In the Daintree
In the Daintree

With the successful rescue of Lot 30 Cape Tribulation Rd, we have expanded a critical wildlife corridor.

Every time we're successful in rescuing a rainforest property that means more habitat and protection for local flora and fauna. 

Remember, the Daintree is the most ancient of the world's rainforests. It is Australia's largest rainforest and most biodiverse. And it's magnificent. Everything we do together helps to protect and ensure this rainforest continues to thrive.

Next Rescue – Lot 27 Cape Tribulation Rd

Rare and endangered species like the Southern Cassowary and the Spectacled Flying-fox are found here, amidst ancient and primitive flowering plants. 

Conservation work in the Daintree supports this ancient forest ecosystem that has been evolving longer than any other in the world – by tens of millions of years – and is Australia’s largest and most biodiverse. 

With the help of Rainforest Rescuers – people like you – we’ve rescued 2 priceless rainforest properties in the last year, significantly protecting pristine habitat for Nature and achieving a strong win for biodiversity. In addition to Lot 15 Thornton Peak Drive, Lot 30 Cape Tribulation Rd was successfully rescued because of people like you who recognise the power and importance of conservation.

We are successful together.

Wildlife Corridors Protect and Connect 

Lot 27 Cape Tribulation Rd, like Lot 30, borders the National Park and is adjacent to the Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor – we know this area well. Because of the connectivity to the National Park and World Heritage Area, and with a lack of protection on several of the properties still outside of the refuge, this property is high priority for rescue and protection. We have it on good authroity that Lot 27 will likely qualify for inclusion into this protected corridor and is a real win for Nature, as well as for everyone who stands for conservation.

This dense, intact rainforest conjures up images of an ancient world, before subdivisions and development became a threat to Nature and our common future. Thick leaf litter, rich and humid air carrying the scent of flowers and mulch, the sounds of Wompoo pigeons calling to their mates and parrots screeching captivate the senses. Massive trees, twisting vines, a diversity of fungus, insects and beautiful butterflies – massive, vivid blue Ulysses butterflies – and more, inspire us to protect this haven for Nature. Cassowary droppings show this is a regular path on their foraging journeys through this habitat shared with other endangered and threatened species, like the Musky Rat-Kangaroo and the Spectacled Fruit Bat. Its location, dynamic structure and biodiversity make it an ideal candidate for nature refuge status and Wildlife Corridor inclusion. It scores very high on our ecological assessment and needs your help to protect it.

This property is most definitely at risk of development and is currently on the open market with a big FOR SALE sign on it.

The real heroes behind these stories of successful conservation outcomes are our supporters – you and others like you who you know that this strategy works. Your contributions directly rescue and protect Nature in Australia’s largest, most biodiverse rainforest.

Your generous gift makes a real and important difference that benefits threatened habitat, water catchment and wildlife.

This property is our next step on this journey of conservation and protection. We will keep rescuing rainforest, block by block, and protect it forever, but only with your help.

Rainforest Rescue is committed to Protecting Rainforests Forever! 

Together we're making it happen. 

Thank you!

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog - Allen Sheather
Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog - Allen Sheather
Dillenia Fruit - Allen Sheather
Dillenia Fruit - Allen Sheather
Sep 3, 2019

Cassowaries Benefitting as Another Property Rescued!

Image (c) Martin Stringer
Image (c) Martin Stringer

By rescuing and regenerating the unprotected Daintree lowlands, the benefits for the endangered Cassowary continue to roll in thanks to your support!

Lot 30, Cape Tribulation Rd in the Daintree rainforest WILL be rescued! We made our goal thanks to YOU and we are now moving into the process of conveyancing. You support has meant that we have just one more property left to rescue in order to fill out this whole lower Daintree’s Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor which is prime cassowary habitat! This also brings the tally up to 34 Rainforest Rescue protected properties –and more to come. You make this possible and continue to increase the safety for the Cassowary’s population numbers.

The crew in the Daintree are regularly encouraged by frequent Cassowary sightings and the latest visit from a Cassowary has come from our new Nursery Manager, Marine (as pictured)!

Marine looks after the Rainforest Rescue Native Seed Nursery and at the moment she is tenderly caring for 139 different rainforest species and 10,000 seedlings! Many of which are important  food sources for the Cassowary.

Marine says: “I saw a Cassowary not long ago just wandering around the Nursery!” The propagation of seedlings, to then be planted to restore damaged rainforest, is incredibly important to bring back and secure the Cassowary’s habitat.

Here is a video from our Tree Planting this year, where over 100 volunteers helped to regenerate a stripped sugar cane field, south of the Daintree river, where a Cassowary had been seen recently for the first time in over forty years – proof YOUR support is expanding and protecting the Cassowary’s vital habitat.

Thank you so very, very much – the Cassowary continues to benefit strongly from your ongoing support.

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