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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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Sep 21, 2016

World Cassowary Day Shines Light on Habitat Protection

School children showcasing Cassowary habitat
School children showcasing Cassowary habitat

World Cassowary Day is set to be bigger and louder than ever this year with not only the Rainforest Rescue team, but the entire Daintree Rainforest community, many states within Australia and the concerned global community all hosting information and events to raise funds and increase education around the endangered Southern Cassowary.

A community fun day in the Daintree itself will see many market stalls, live music, educational talks by Wet Tropics’ experts, children’s entertainment tents, Cassowary Treasure hunts, crafts, face painting and storytelling. Rainforest Rescue's Julian Gray has been invited to speak here at this local event, with business partners selling Cassowary merchandise at the markets also pledging proceeds to the 'Save the Cassowary' campaign from sales on the day.

All ages are drawn to the plight of the Cassowary and thousands of miles away from the Daintree itself, distance is proving no barrier in communicating the message of saving the endangered Southern Cassowary. Kindergarteners are joining in the spirit of World Cassowary Day by educating other school children, teachers and parents alike on facts about the Cassowary and displaying what Cassowary habitat looks like.

The contribution you have given Rainforest Rescue to date is incredibly important especially on the back of new evidence showing further support that in fact Cassowary habitat – and specifically wildlife corridors - is the main limiting factor to Cassowary population.

With only 4,000 cassowaries remaining across Australia, the greatest threat to their survival is specifically the creation of wildlife corridors to help populations move to new areas. To date you have enabled us to plant over 250,000 trees and rescued over 100 hectares of threatened Daintree rainforest in Australia, critical Cassowary habitat – Thank You so very much.

While there is a lot more habitat to save, Rainforest Rescue could not have already made such impact in the Daintree without your invaluable support.

Daintree World Cassowary Day promotion
Daintree World Cassowary Day promotion
Aug 9, 2016

Lot 38: A Tribute to a Daintree Protector

John Bennett Trivia Fundraiser (c) Martin Stringer
John Bennett Trivia Fundraiser (c) Martin Stringer

Lot 38 - An Important Conservation Outcome & Tribute to a Daintree Protector

Thanks to your support, Rainforest Rescue can announce that after our recent update of putting a deposit down on Lot 38, Cape Tribulation Road, we have now officially purchased this important property.

Lot 38 is of immense value as it completes a wildlife corridor between Swamp Forest Nature Reserve and Daintree National Park via another Rainforest Rescue property.

Your support has seen not only a large conservation outcome achieved, but you have also helped create a fitting memorial to true Daintree Protector. A man by the name of Chris Bennett, who recently passed away, played a pivotal role in the protection and on-going conservation of the Daintree Rainforest.

Chris helped to buy more than six hectares of land linking Alexandra Range to the Bailey’s Creek catchment. This kept the land from being developed and created linkages for wildlife, including endangered cassowaries and tree kangaroos. Named the Baralba Wildlife Corridor Nature Refuge, the land was ‘gifted’ to Rainforest Rescue in 2009.

After Chris’ passing, a local group called the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group held a Trivia Night to raise funds towards Lot 38. Thanks to the additional funds raised through your support, Rainforest Rescue was then able to purchase this property.

In honour of Chris’ commitment to the protection of the Daintree Rainforest, Lot 38 will be called The Chris Bennett Nature Reserve.

Thank you from all of us at Rainforest Rescue in achieving a very special conservational outcome - and honoring a truly remarkable man.

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforest Forever.

Daintree Rainforest from above (c) Dean Jewell
Daintree Rainforest from above (c) Dean Jewell
 
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