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May 29, 2013

A Long...List of Project Beneficiaries

Celebrating Wildlife of The Big Scrub
Celebrating Wildlife of The Big Scrub

Dear friends,

Rainforest Rescue's work to protect and expand The Big Scrub Rainforest indeed has beneficiaries.  Working with the Aboriginal community helps low-income families develop a sustainable/eco-friendly economy.  Helping rainforest ecosystems also aids the local and global environment.  This being the most bio-diverse ecosystem in all New South Wales, we thought it would be nice to give you a list of all the threatened species that live in and around the area, and depend on the well-being of The Big Scrub Rainforest.  Helping an incredible "green team" develop a 21st century model for a more sustainable economy has the same effect as throwing a stone into a pond, and then seeing the classic ripple effect.  Your donations make an impact and this impact carries on.   

From great birds like the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, to the Giant Barred Frog and from the Spotted-tailed Quoll to flying foxes and even the beloved koala, some Australia's most iconic and keystone species reside in this great, yet small and fragile rainforest.  We invite you to get to know some of the natural beauties your support is directly touching.  Our next Project Report will be an update on the work your donations are generously supporting.  Please see the link below and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Paul Medici, at


Your support is greatly needed and we encourage you to donate to the project again, if it is within your means.  The Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team is seeking growth in numbers and this can only be accomplished through work projects.  Your donations help create the projects that need to be done--planting trees, essential weeding and other forest regeneration work, creating wildlife corridors and nursery work.



Paul Medici






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Wilson's Creek, Big Scrub
Parts of the Big Scrub Rainforest
Parts of the Big Scrub Rainforest
May 2, 2013

American Actress Joins as RR Ambassador

Thushari Jayasekera
Thushari Jayasekera

Dear Friends, 

American actress Thushari Jayasekera has been invited as an ambassador to Rainforest Rescue’s Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project. Thushari will help create awareness about why it’s important to help protect the natural resources of the Sinharaja Rainforest located in the southwestern region of the island.

 Thushari decided to take part because she cares about healing the environment as a whole. She has already written some paragraphs as to why she supports the long term preservation of this “hot spot” through Rainforest Rescue’s profile on Global Giving.

GlobalGiving provides a portal for individuals to donate to worthy causes throughout the world. “For Rainforest Rescue it provides us with an opportunity to offer our US-based supporters an easy way to donate to our projects and receive a tax-deduction” said Erryn Stephens, Fundraising & Communications Manager at Rainforest Rescue.

“We are very grateful to Thushari for raising the profile of our work within the Sinharaja Forest Reserve” says Ms Erryn Stephens.

About the Sinharaja Forest Reserve Project:

Rainforest Rescue’s Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project is working in partnership with Rainforest Rescue International (RRI) to create a rainforest corridor between the two largest remaining rainforest areas in south-west Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the nearby Kanneliya Forest. Sri Lanka’s rainforests are one of the most threatened ecosystems on the planet with a total cover of less than a few thousand hectares. Continual deforestation has lead to one of the highest rates of threatened and endangered species in the world.


About Thushari:

She is best known, among other things, for playing Pinky on NBC Outsourced, for narrating the audiobook Love Marriage, and being a Golden Raspberry Awards Presenter

Thank you for your support friends.  If you have any questions on this project, please feel free to send me an email at . 



Paul Medici 

Thushari in Sri Lanka
Thushari in Sri Lanka
Apr 30, 2013

Planting Trees in Vulnerable Rainforest

Planting Trees in Australia
Planting Trees in Australia's Precious Rainforests

Dear Friends,

On behalf of Rainforest Rescue, I wanted to thank you very much for your continued support. We have a very nice Project Report to share with you and we hope it will encourage you to donate again to this fine project and conservation effort. Please know your help and your generous support is the life source of our operations and we mean it when we say that every dollar counts. Please contact me anytime if you happen to have any questions on this project-- Thank you and I hope to hear from some of you soon.

**Cassowaries in the Bingil Bay area have larger, safer and better connected habitat as a result of local residents clearing weeds and planting 500 trees on a council reserve.

Funding provided by Rainforest Rescue culminated in a tree planting event held on Sunday 17th February, managed by project implementation partner Terrain NRM, where nearly 40 locals planted 500 trees.

Around 40 volunteers from the local community planted 500 trees to expand habitat for Cassowary populations at Bingil Bay Reserve

The tree planting is the second to be funded by Rainforest Rescue in the Mission Beach area; the local Cassowary population is also benefitting from the planting of 1,900 trees, also managed by Terrain, in a Cassowary corridor at Cottonwood, near Wongaling Beach.

Bingil Bay resident Greg James, who planted trees on the day and is also a Rainforest Rescue supporter said, “Because of the pressures around here, this is an area that needs attention, every little bit counts.”

This year’s site was specifically chosen because it is known that Cassowaries use this particular reserve for both habitat and as a corridor.

“This corridor links Clump Mountain with Brookes and Garners Beaches and at least six different cassowaries have been seen using this corridor,” said Terrain’s Tony O’Malley.

The corridor provides a valuable wildlife link between Clump Mountain and Brookes and Garners Beach. At least six different Cassowaries are known to use this corridor.

Rainforest Rescue’s Erryn Stephens said, “Through Terrain we are achieving positive outcomes for local Cassowary populations and other threatened and endangered species that rely on the rainforest for survival.

“This collaborative approach to rainforest restoration would not be possible without the wonderful support we have received from the Mazda Foundation, Taronga Conservation Society, GlobalGiving donors, Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, North Queensland Wildlife Trust and Amuse Australia, along with donations from the general community.”

The site is part of a network of reserves managed by the Cassowary Coast Regional Council in the Bingil Bay area.

This particular tree planting event builds on revegetation work that Terrain previously funded C4 to do to improve the landscape for this endangered species, on another section of the same site.

Local Siobhan Jackson said, “The community involvement is a great initiative. It gives people ownership of environmental care and an awareness of where the corridors are.”

“Bingil Bay is a special place where people live in the rainforest and share the same space as the Cassowary,” said Mr O’Malley.

Rainforest Rescue will also fund a contractor to manage weeds in the replanted site through the wet season.



Paul Medici

Thanks to Your Generosity, Trees in the Ground
Thanks to Your Generosity, Trees in the Ground
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