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Jun 28, 2016

Cassowary Habitat Protected Forever

New Nature Refuges Created to Protect Rainforest
New Nature Refuges Created to Protect Rainforest

Southern cassowary named as a priority for conservation

The southern cassowary has been added to a list of 20 birds which are identified as a priority for conservation under the Australian Threatened Species Strategy. The Australian Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, announced the addition of the southern cassowary and 15 other species to the list earlier this year. These additional 16 threatened species were identified through expert input and consultation with the scientific community.

Eleven new rainforest properties have been protected forever with Nature Refuge covenants across the Daintree lowlands.

The placement of a Nature Refuge Covenants removes all development rights from the properties, ensuring that they are protected forever. The rainforest properties are chosen for their high biodiversity value and connectivity to help create vital wildlife corridors.

The creation of wildlife corridors is vital for the future of the endangered Southern Cassowary – availability of habitat has been identified as the single most important issue impacting on Cassowary numbers. With an estimated 4,000 Cassowaries remaining we are working with the Cassowary Recovery Team to increase access to rainforest habitat for this iconic bird.

Working with the Queensland Trust for Nature three of the new Nature Refuge protected properties have been combined to create the new Milky Pine Wildlife Refuge. In addition, both the Baralba Corridor and Rainforest Rescue Nature Refuges have been significantly expanded in size.

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.

These actions are having a real and significant impact and wouldn’t be possible without your support.

Volunteers reforesting Cassowary Habitat
Volunteers reforesting Cassowary Habitat
Cassowary Added to Threatened Species List
Cassowary Added to Threatened Species List

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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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