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Dec 20, 2018

HALF WAY to Protecting #32!

Thanks to supporters like you, who care about nature and rainforests, we are now officially more than HALF WAY towards securing our 32nd unprotected Daintree Rainforest property, the 3rd of our #NEXT10 campaign as we near the end of 2018! 

This rich, prospective rescue property scored high on our ecological scorecard, connects to protected reserves and provides clean, clear water that makes its way to the Great Barrier Reef. This land would be snapped up quickly if it made it to the open market as it's fairly large, very beautiful and has access to power. And remember - a high ecological score means nothing to a developer. Hopefully given this momentum, we will ensure this does not happen!

I thought you might enjoy joining us in this world of rescuing rainforests, so we made this brief video on our initial assessment of this special and under threat rainforest property.

Click here to see our intrepid team investigating this potential rainforest property rescue.

Your support has empowered us to increase the number of protected areas of the Daintree. Together we have, and will continue to, help protect the amazing wild animals of the Daintree like the Southern Cassowary, Musky-rat Kangaroo, Spotted-tail Quoll and so many more. Rescuing rainforest, establishing Nature Refuge status, restoring degraded ecosystems - this is what we do, and we love to share with you.

You protect the rainforests with us. We rescue rainforests because you make it possible.

For the rainforests,

the Team at Rainforest Rescue

Dec 14, 2018

Southern Cassowaries' Safe Habitat Extended

The Cassowary near Nightwings
The Cassowary near Nightwings

All of us at Rainforest Rescue this past week were thrilled when Joe Reichl our Daintree Ranger and Land Manager got word that for the first time in over forty years, an endangered Southern Cassowary was spotted south of the Daintree River!

Historically, all sighted cassowaries by our team have been north of the River. However, over the past few years Rainforest Rescue has worked tirelessly with partners and individual supporters to regenerate a huge piece of what was once a stripped sugar cane field (15 Hectares) on the Nightwings property. This has been restored by planting tens of thousands of seedlings and now this lowland Daintree Rainforest property is being naturally re-joined to the upland Daintree, creating safe and important wildlife corridors and habitat for Daintree wildlife such as the Southern Cassowary.

Many trees on this land are almost three metres high (nearly 10 feet) which sees them well positioned to start creating a canopy, and bringing the rainforest back to the way it was pre cultivation.

It was here that a juvenile Southern Cassowary was seen for the first time in decades – prompting Joe to acknowledge this as a huge win for restoration:

“This is proof restoration (planting trees) really works for wildlife!”

Thank you to all of YOU who have enabled us to extend the safe habitat of these critically important creatures.

Dec 11, 2018

Video Update from our Daintree Property Manager

The Green Ants are happy with the habitat
The Green Ants are happy with the habitat

Rainforest Rescue's Lot 46 has is something that we are all very proud of. It's shown itself to be a model of rainforest restoration and continues to achieve the highest marks as a restoration project. What was once an oil palm plantation is now a burgeoning rainforest, where Cassowaries are spotted regularly and the canopy is closing over nicely. Animal life is abundant and species diversity is significant. The jury is in: Lot 46 is a success story or restoration!

We thought you'd like to hear and see a little more with this end of the calendar year report, so I'm delighted to share with you a short video of our Daintree Property Manager, Joe Reichl, who was telling me a bit about Lot 46 and how and why it's so special.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I enjoyed Joe's telling of it.

https://youtu.be/6cnLkscovVM

I'm also including a few photos from that trip, showing how the trees and vines are growing, some of the flowers and how happy the green ants are with the habitat.

Stay tuned for our next Community Tree Planting up in the Daintree, next May. Maybe the Daintree is on your bucket list? Come join us! It's a wonderful day for everyone and includes a trip to Lot 46 as well as lunch at our Daintree Nursery.

If you're not already on our mailing list, please sign up. You'll get updates on events like the Community Tree Planting as well as good news and inspiring stories from our efforts to protect rainforests forever.

Thanks so much to all of you who have made Lot 46 possible. It's is such a wonderful, thriving example of what committed people can do to help restore and protect Nature.

And we couldn't do it without you. Thank you!

Beautiful, natural processes and development
Beautiful, natural processes and development
Everything is so vibrant at Lot 46!
Everything is so vibrant at Lot 46!

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