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Aug 23, 2019

Lot 30 to be Saved - Another Rescue Thanks to You!

Lot 30 Panorama - Martin Stringer Photography
Lot 30 Panorama - Martin Stringer Photography

You did it again!

The most recent opportunity to buy back a critical piece of endangered lower Daintree Rainforest has been a success - we are now in process to rescue it.

Everytime we're successful in rescuing a rainforest property that means less human impact in the future, less traffic, less disrution of Nature. It also 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. It's the world's most biodiverse. And it's magnificent.

Lot 30 Cape Tribulation Rd is incredibly rich in wildlife where orange-footed scrub fowl dart into the understory, crossing paths with endangered cassowaries that forage there. Ulysses butterflies flit past and the call of Wompoo pigeons resonate through the trees. With this density of coverage, it's also sure that you'll find canopy dwellers like Bennett's Tree Kangaroo and floor dwellers like the Musky Rat-Kangaroo - both at risk. It's a magnificent piece of the rainforest that's been a planned homesite...and now it isn't.

Expert Evaluation

Our Daintree rainforest experts, Allen Sheather and Barbara Maslen, evaluate our properties before we rescue them, ensuring that the biological diversity and forest condition is up to par with state requirements for qualification to become protected nature reserves. They scored this block very high ecologically, with over 120 rainforest species, including many with very limited distributions. It also scores 5 out of 5 for its intact rainforest canopy.

Wildlife Corridors Protect and Connect

Ensuring Lot 30's protection will serve to expand our Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor, with its uninterrupted connectivity and undisturbed forest, adjoining previously rescued Lot 29, linked to the Daintree National Park. Another Rainforest Rescue reserve across the road connects to a private nature refuge, further expanding protection.  

Real Risk Mitigation

I was just there and locals informed me that there were "house pads popping up all over the place" - and I saw a bulldozer setting up. Lot 30 is reached by an access road that is cleared but not yet sealed. Roads provide access to development that would reduce this precious forest to holiday homes or worse. Ultimately, we plan to close off this road and replant it, bringing back the full forest canopy and providing a haven for plants, animals, fungi and insects alike. To do that we need to get the lot next door – our next target.

Rescue and Protect

Of the 33 properties - almost 34 - saved by you and fellow Rainforest Rescuers, 23 are protected with covenants  protecting them forever, two have been gifted to the National Park, and we are working with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to protect the remaining properties by adding them to our family of Nature Refuges.

Rainforest Rescue is committed to Protecting Rainforests Forever! 

Together we're making it happen. Thank you!

Cassowary - Martin Stringer Photography
Cassowary - Martin Stringer Photography
Bennetts Tree Kangaroo - Credit Mungumby Lodge
Bennetts Tree Kangaroo - Credit Mungumby Lodge

Jun 12, 2019

More Good News for the Daintree's Cassowaries!

Earlier this month, during a tour of Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Rd, a 27-hectare (67 acre) property in the Daintree lowland rainforest that is now reclaimed and restored, we were lucky enough to stumble across some Cassowary Plums (Cerbera floribunda). Dr Robert Kooyman, Rainforest Rescue’s Scientific Advisor, led the tour and took the opportunity to educate the group about this amazing fruit & its relationship with the cassowary. Here's a short snippet of this video with Dr Kooyman:

Dr Kooyman went on to say that the cassowary’s role in dispersing fruits and, in particular, large fruits is significant as a major propagator in the rainforest. He also shared that in regards to the Daintree rainforest’s population of cassowaries, this area of Australia is ‘…one of the only areas where their population has increased.’

In fact, as we reported to you in our prior communication, for the first time in over forty years our Land Manager also saw a southern cassowary south of the Daintree river and near the NightWings property where we have – with your support – planted almost 70,000 trees back into Nature. Sightings normally of cassowaries are only found north of the River!

NightWings Rainforest is the ambitious project of re-establishing an ecosystem where there had once been rainforest. Over the last 60 years this land has been destroyed by farming and now we are recreating a functional and resilient natural ecosystem for the future. This was the site for the nearly 100 volunteers that came to help us plant close to 3,000 trees to restore this degraded rainforest. 

It’s really coming along beautifully – and now, our huge restoration work south of the Daintree river is also benefitting cassowary populations. We couldn’t do this without all of you. Thank you so much!

Volunteer Planting a Tree
Volunteer Planting a Tree
May 29, 2019

Lot 46 - the Land that Keeps Giving.

The reforested Lot 46 over time, from above
The reforested Lot 46 over time, from above

Everyone here at Rainforest Rescue doesn’t need any more proof that Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Rd, a 27 hectare (67 acres) property in the Daintree lowlands that is now reclaimed, restored and protected – thanks to YOU – is incredibly special.

However, it was quite wonderful to recently have a senior member of the Australian Government’s Department of Environment personally witness the comeback of this huge property at this year’s Tree Planting event in early May and comment on the tremendous success of this regeneration project. We removed so many tons of rubbish – from old cars and building materials to literally, rubbish – and put 50,000 trees in the ground to repair damaged rainforest. He said ‘everyone should be looking to this Project as a case study for regeneration…. it really is a remarkable contribution to the rainforest. More people should take your lead.’

We have pulled together the comparative images below to really highlight the impact that you have made – Thank You So Much! We are working to provide even more up to date aerial images, so we will be back in touch when we have them.

The images show the reforested area from above, over time and from the ground.

Just look at that rich, restored, thriving rainforest!

The support that you and others have provided for this project has been enormous, and year on year, we are so proud to show its progress to the world.

Recently attendees from the USA, from all across Australia and from the local community took a behind-the-scenes tour of Lot 46 with Rainforest Rescue’s Scientific Advisor, Dr. Robert Kooyman, as pictured below. Here Dr. Kooyman is pointing out different species within the restored property and as we toured the Land, Ulysses Butterflies fluttered through and there was abundant evidence of wildlife activity. Lot 46 is now home to many rare, endangered, vulnerable and threatened Daintree animals. And it is safe.

Thank you again for your support as we continue to foster the full restoration of this rainforest and achieve nature refuge status. Your ongoing support helps to make this possible.

We hope these progress reports make you feel great about the very real and tangible impacts you are having on protecting the unprotected Daintree lowland rainforest.

Warmest wishes for you and for the Rainforests,

The Rainforest Rescue Team

Lot 46's change from the ground
Lot 46's change from the ground
Dr Kooyman leading the tour on Lot 46
Dr Kooyman leading the tour on Lot 46
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