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Jan 25, 2017

Healing Wundu

Thornton Peak or Wundu (Kuku Yalanji)
Thornton Peak or Wundu (Kuku Yalanji)

Lot 46 sits at the base of and is part of the magnificent Wundu (Thornton Peak) which connects directly with the World Heritage area and Daintree National Park. A prominent peak and landmark, Thornton Peak rises above the Daintree Rainforest to a height of 1374m. The peak is covered by native rainforest and is home to a number of endemic species. It is one of only three mountain tops in Australia that are home to the cinereus ringtail possum.

These areas, along with the greater Daintree area have great spiritual and cultural significance to the Kuku Yalanji people, the indigenous inhabitants and traditional owners of the land which stretches from around Cooktown in the north to near Chillagoe in the west and Port Douglas in the South.

‘We are true rainforest people who live in harmony with our environment. We are part of it and it is part of us. Our culture has always involved a deep respect for nature and an intimate knowledge of its cycles.

What we know about the plants of the rainforest we learnt from our elders - our fathers, grand fathers, mothers, uncles and aunties. What we know belongs to them, to our culture and our traditions.’
Kuku Yalanji Elders

By acting quickly and purchasing this property, and with supporters help, Lot 46 was able to be fully restored. Through extensive regeneration methods, time and care the biodiversity of an ancient rainforest has been conserved for now. In linking Lot 46 back to its original source Wundu, not only has an important corridor been returned, but we are helping to protect country which is greatly significant to the Kuku Yalanji.

Having now completed restoration of the 68 Acre property, we are asking you to help secure it for future generations. (Thank you if you have already given) The next step is to finalise the loan used to purchase the property. Unfortunately until this happens the land is not technically protected in perpetuity. Your donations will go towards this effort as well as towards locking in Nature Reserve status so that this very special rainforest can truly be protected forever. (Out of 28 Daintree properties rescued by Rainforest Rescue and supporters, Lot 46 is the only property where taking out  a loan was an urgent necessity)

Being a ‘guardian’ of this extraordinary land brings great responsibility. Thank you for becoming a Guardian of Lot 46 and helping to return the land to Wundu permanently - ensuring its protection forever.

Cinereus Ringtail Possum
Cinereus Ringtail Possum
Indigenous ranger holds smoking ceremony on Lot 46
Indigenous ranger holds smoking ceremony on Lot 46
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.

 
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