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Dec 16, 2016

Connectivity the Key for Cassowary Conservation

Rainforest Rescue CEO, Julian, & Land Manager Jo
Rainforest Rescue CEO, Julian, & Land Manager Jo

Thanks to you, this year has been a story full of positive action and great wins for the rainforest, ensuring the Southern Cassowary stays off the extinction list.

In September thanks to Global Giving supporters, Rainforest Rescue purchased a 27th block of prime cassowary habitat in the lowland Daintree Rainforest. Lot 32 Cape Tribulation Road, Kimberley, already had some trees cleared to create a track and pad for a new house so time was short to save the rainforest. The good news is you and fellow rainforest rescuers generously supported the efforts to save the property from development.

The protection of Lot 32 is a vital connection piece in the new Cape Kimberly Wildlife Corridor connecting Daintree National Park, Nature Reserves and World Heritage Area. With research this year finding the main limitation to growing cassowary populations as the reduction of available habitat – your support in creating more safe corridors ensures we are on track to support healthy cassowary populations in the Daintree.

Soon volunteers will begin helping Rainforest Rescue plant hundreds of seedlings to restore this saved rainforest.

First we need to block off an entrance track to the property to stop vehicles illegally entering the site and driving over the newly planted trees. A research and development project in partnership with Bridgestone has been set up to design recycled tyre bollards for use in the Daintree. The idea is to find a use for the dumped tyres we remove from rainforest properties and an environmental payback for damage caused vandals by illegally driving into the rainforest causing destruction. The prototype bollards will have their first use at Lot 32.

To view a special thank you to you from our CEO, please click here

Lot 32, Cape Tribulation Rd
Lot 32, Cape Tribulation Rd
Nov 3, 2016

27th Daintree Property Rescued thanks to You!

Rainforest Rescue Volunteers planting trees
Rainforest Rescue Volunteers planting trees

Thanks to your support, a 27th block of rainforest has been rescued in the lowland Daintree Rainforest. Lot 32 Cape Tribulation Road, Kimberley, makes it the third connected Rainforest Rescue property recently purchased to build a new wildlife corridor connecting Lowland Daintree National Park and Nature Reserves in the Cape Kimberley Queensland region.

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.

However by creating permanent rainforest corridors and by connecting protected landscapes, we give the unique flora and fauna of the Daintree a strong chance of survival while protecting river catchments flowing onto the Great Barrier Reef.

Thanks to you we have managed to do just this, by rescuing Lot 32.

Rainforest Rescue’s CEO, Julian Gray, has created a thank you video to acknowledge your support. You can view it here.

Soon volunteers will begin helping Rainforest Rescue plant around 500 seedlings to help restore damaged rainforest here. On Lot 32 there is also a road which needs to be blocked off to eliminate any cars driving over freshly planted seedlings.

What seemed a problem initially is looking to potentially have a very positive solution – by undergoing research and development we have found that by using recycled tyres, we may be able to work with suppliers and funders to turn these scraps into protective barriers to prevent roads entering the newly protected property.

 

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforests Forever.

Nov 2, 2016

Lot 46 Regeneration Success Sets Global Standard.

Chair of Rainforest Rescue Board, Madeleine Faught
Chair of Rainforest Rescue Board, Madeleine Faught

Thanks to you, regenerated Lot 46 in the Daintree has continued to be hailed as a success story in terms of large scale rainforest regeneration, not only in Australia but also across the world.

At a recent local rainforest awareness raising event near the Rainforest Rescue HQ, the ‘18th Annual Big Scrub Rainforest Day’, Dr Robert Kooyman, Rainforest Rescue’s Scientific Adviser, updated the community on the success of Lot 46 as it continues to thrive.

Dr Kooyman has been involved with protected area and conservation management for over 35 years and his research and publications are world renowned. Robert believes that the “… reforestation of this important lowland area has significantly and measurably improved habitat values and protected and enhanced World Heritage values in the landscape.”

He has also credited the regeneration of Lot 46, from severely damaged property to thriving rainforest now as “…one of the best global examples of full property restoration in a critically important area with very high biodiversity values.”

The success of Lot 46 is your success.

Our colorful Rainforest Rescue stall at this event also attracted a steady stream of people full of enthusiasm seeking more information on how to be involved, and make a difference through Lot 46’s success. The Rainforest Rescue team kept the supporters especially happy with back to back table tennis games!

Dr Robert Kooyman, at the Big Scrub Event
Dr Robert Kooyman, at the Big Scrub Event
Table tennis at the rainforest awareness event
Table tennis at the rainforest awareness event

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