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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
Aug 9, 2016

Endangered Wildlife Calling Lot 46 their Home

RR's Kristin Canning & Riley on Lot 46
RR's Kristin Canning & Riley on Lot 46

With your help we’re continuing to see more wildlife return to the regenerated Lot 46, with an increased number of sightings of endangered Southern Cassowaries. Years after the removal of 200 tons of rubbish and the planting of 45,000 trees to regenerate Lot 46, this property is proving it is successfully playing a vital role in providing safe corridors and habitats for the endangered, rare and precious flora and fauna.

The Southern Cassowary is an extremely important species in Far North Queensland’s tropical rainforests. It is the rainforest gardener, a ‘keystone species’ that maintains the balance and diversity of its rainforest home through its role as a seed disperser. Recent research has shown that the main threat to the Southern Cassowary is actually the availability of this safe habitat. You have enabled us to provide more of this safe habitat through your support of Lot 46 – so thank you again.

In terms of the seedlings planted, Lot 46 still does not cease to surprise the Rainforest Rescue team with the unbelievable rate of growth of these trees. The first picture here shows a newly planted seedling – from only 6 weeks prior – and it has already shot up to a tall height in the near perfect wet and hot conditions.

Your support in helping us to continue to protect Lot 46 is gratefully appreciated. Rainforest Rescue’s largest regeneration success – thanks to your support. From the far north QLD Daintree rainforests to the rest of our team across Australia we thank you so very much.

Thank you for helping us Protect Rainforest Forever.

 

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Southern Cassowary in Daintree (c) Martin Stringer
Southern Cassowary in Daintree (c) Martin Stringer
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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