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-...
May 13, 2016

11 New Rainforest Properties Protected Forever!

11 New Rainforest Properties Proected Forever
11 New Rainforest Properties Proected Forever
Eleven new rainforest properties have been protected forever with Nature Refuge covenants across the Daintree lowlands.

Working with the Queensland Trust for Nature the covenanted properties include the creation of a new Milky Pine Wildlife Refuge and significant expansion of both the Baralba Corridor and Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuges.

"This is a fantastic win for the rainforest" says Madeleine Faught, Rainforest Rescue Chair. "Overnight we've doubled the area of our rainforest protected under Nature Refuges in the Daintree. The covenants strip all development rights from the land, protecting the rainforest forever." 

Of the 26 rainforest properties we’ve rescued with your support, 20 have now been protected by covenants, creating five Nature Reserves. In addition, two further rainforest properties have been rescued and added to the Daintree National Park.

Wildlife Corridor Connected

Lot 38, Cape Tribulation Road is of immense value as it completes a wildlife corridor between Swamp Forest Nature Reserve and Daintree National Park via another Rainforest Rescue property. To stop the land from being sold and developed we put down a deposit. Thanks to the generosity of supporters we're now one step closer to protecting the land forever and are going through the final stages of purchasing the property.

Your support in helping us protect this very special place is genuinely appreciated by myself and the rest of the team at Rainforest Rescue. With your help we can rescue, restore and conserve this exceptional piece of rainforest for future generations.

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforest Forever.
Madeleine Faught at Forest Lodge Nature Reserve
Madeleine Faught at Forest Lodge Nature Reserve

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May 13, 2016

A worldwide treasure that needs to be protected

Daintree rainforest
Daintree rainforest

The Daintree Rainforest… "a worldwide treasure that needs to be protected at all costs”  David Attenborough

The Lowland Daintree Rainforest lies between the Wet Tropics of Queensland and Great Barrier Reef UNESCO World Heritage Areas and has a vital role in connecting these two significant ecosystems. The recent bleaching of significant areas of the Great Barrier Reef is a striking reminder of the impact of human activity on our ecosystems. Drastic action needs to be taken to help build resilience against these threats and the potentially catastrophic long-term impacts of climate change. Creating permanent rainforest corridors, connecting protected landscapes, gives the unique flora and fauna of the Daintree a better chance of survival and protects river catchments flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef.

Lot 46 lies in the heart of the Daintree lowland rainforest and is an amazing success story in reforestation of this unique habitat. We’ve removed over 200 tons of rubbish and debris from the 67 acre, from rusty old car bodies to derelict farm buildings. The second stage was to remove invasive species and weeds including a plantation of oil palms. We’ve now planted around 45,000 trees on the site comprising 200 different species – all collected from our Daintree rainforest properties and propagated at our native nursery. The speed of regrowth is amazing and the site is now unrecognizable from when we rescued it.

With your help we’ve started a new research project on Lot 46 looking at invasive species and weed management. The Daintree lowland rainforest has an ancient lineage going back 70 million years. Unfortunately this means that some of the flora is not as quick in adapting to change as species which have invaded the area as development and roads encroach into the rainforest. In Phase 1 we’re talking to all the land management organizations and groups in the region to compile what people are doing on the ground. At the same time, we’re scouring the literature to make sure we’re aware of international best practice. Phase 2 starts at the end of the month where we’ll try a number of test plots using different techniques to get a comparison of effectiveness.

Your support in helping us protect this very special place is genuinely appreciated by myself and the rest of the team at Rainforest Rescue. With your help we can save this exceptional piece of rainforest for future generations.

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforest Forever.

Researcher Dan Perlacki our weeds expert
Researcher Dan Perlacki our weeds expert
Joe and Adrian review latest planting
Joe and Adrian review latest planting

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Mar 30, 2016

Thank you help us save the Southern Cassowary

Camera trap photo: cassowary attracted to red lure
Camera trap photo: cassowary attracted to red lure

Monitoring released cassowary chicks

We last reported on the release of three rehabilitated Cassowary chicks at Hudson River National Park. The birds were carrying a new technology that will enable researchers at Charles Darwin University to track them over the next few years. The tags are monitored by fixed listening stations deposited throughout the forest.

Hamish Campbell,Senior Lecturer at Charles Darwin University, reports: “The chicks were detected a week after release and all appeared to be doing fine. However, with the wet season it has not been possible to get into Hudson National Park to download the receivers. We are hoping to be able to access the receivers after the wet and check if the chicks are still in the area and are alive and well.”

Cassowary Research

We’ve published more details from Wren McLean’s research into the ecology of Cassowaries in the World Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest in tropical Far North Queensland. One part of Wren’s research was to use camera traps to photograph wildlife investigating brightly colored lures she set out in the forest.

“All camera traps combined provided a pool of 466 visual records from which we were able to identify 45 individual cassowaries of which 64% were adults, 18% sub-adults and 18% chicks.  Cameras provided other useful information on cassowary predators (domestic, pig-hunting and wild dogs), feral pigs and photos of three Bennetts tree kangaroos at two different locations.”

A story detailing more informationabout Wren’s research and findings is linked at the end of this report.

Thank you kindly for your support for this important project – your care and interest in our work enables Rainforest Rescue to operate these projects to help save the Endangered Southern Cassowary! Your support is having significant impact, assisting us to make great progress in securing a bio-diverse future for this unique species and its native rainforest habitat in Australia.

All this would not be possible without your generous support. Thank you!

Camera trap photo: cassowary at Baralba Reserve
Camera trap photo: cassowary at Baralba Reserve

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