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Aug 1, 2013

Supporting Indigeneous Rainforest Conservation

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thank you for your support of our project to restore the Big Scrub Rainforest.

Rainforest Rescue has been restoring the Big Scrub Rainforest Remnants since 1999 and in 2008 we joined with the Madhima Gulgan Community Association and their bush regeneration team to continue this important work. This partnership has made terrific headways not only for the rainforest, but for the local Indigeneous people employed to care for country they share a personal and historical connection with.

Over the past five years, this small team of workers have planted close to 20,000 trees on public and private areas within the Byron Shire. Team members have also been engaged in ongoing weed removal.

Employed as professional bush regenerators, team members build up extensive practical field experience preparing planting sites, removing weeds, planting trees and maintaining sites. Each has completed, or is working towards, a Certificate IV in Conservation Land Management.

Due to a realignment of our conservation priorities we will no longer be continuing with our Big Scrub Plant a Rainforest. We have instead shifted our conservation focus to Far North Queensland Australia and the Asia-Pacific Region.

For further information on our projects and how you can assist please visit our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au.

Aug 1, 2013

Funding Rainforest Restoration in Sri Lanka

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thank you for your generous donation in support of our Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project.

Rainforest Rescue has been working in partnership with Rainforest Rescue International based in Galle, Sri Lanka, since 2008 to combat the effects of deforestation by employing local people to plant trees 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.

The Sinharaja Reserve is regarded as one of the world’s 25 biodiversity hot spots with very high levels of endemism. Sadly it is also one of the last remaining forest patches and one of the most threatened ecosystems in Southeast Asia. 

Funding provided by generous Rainforest Rescue supporters over the past five years has contributed to

  • The creation of a rainforest corridor between the two largest remaining rainforests in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and the Kanneliya Forest;
  • The purchase of rainforest and buffer zone lands at risk of clearing for agriculture;
  • Restoration of over 1,000 acres of degraded forest  patches and riparian habitat which has seen nearly one million trees planted including many endemic and threatened rainforest trees;
  • The establishment of seven plant nurseries to supply seedlings for restoration projects;
  • Educating over 4,000 local children in environmental by conducting school education programs to support local forest stewardship;
  • The training of over 1,000 farmers in organic agriculture to assist them in developing sustainable livelihoods thereby removing pressures on the rainforest;
  • Supporting almost 8 percent of the population which relies on the rainforest for their livelihood.

Recently we undertook a review of our conservation projects and have decided to concentrate our conservation efforts within Australian and the Asia-Pacific Region. As such we will no longer be continuing with our Sri Lanka Plant a Rainforest Project.

Thank you so much for supporting this worthwhile project. For further information on our projects please visit our website at www.rainforestrescue.org.au.



Jul 29, 2013

Happy 21st!

Happy 21st
Happy 21st

Dear Friends & Supporters

Recently we had great cause for celebration having reached an important milestone in our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project.

We have now bought back and protected 21 properties in the Daintree Rainforest!

Quite simply we could not have come this far without the support of donors like you. From all of us here at Rainforest Rescue, and on behalf of the plants and animals that call the Daintree home, thank you!

Our 21st property, located at Lot 76 Rosewood Road in Cow Bay, is located within close proximity to seven other properties purchased by Rainforest Rescue which form the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge. This corridor provides critical rainforest habitat for over 122 rare, threatened and endangered species including the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) and the Rare Bennett's Tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus bennettianus).

Through our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project we prioritise the purchase of those properties which provide wildlife corridors between protected areas of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. With the recent acquisition of Lot 76 Rosewood Road into the Baralba Corridor Nature Refuge we now have the opportunity to close one section of Rosewood Road. This will significantly reduce the risk of threatened and endangered wildlife falling victim to passing traffic which sadly happens too frequently in this area of the Daintree Rainforest.

With each property that we purchase we come one step closer to achieving our vision of buying back all properties in the daintree threatened by residential development. Please, will you make a donation today to help continue this important work?

Five properties are currently at the top of our Daintree 'Buy Back List'. These five properties are at immediate risk of development and we are currently fundraising to raise the $250,000 required to protect these properties from development.

Four of the properties are located within the Forest Creek Precinct and form an almost continuous block. Buying all four at once will create a valuable rainforest corridor between two sections of the Daintree National Park/World Heritage Area. The fifth property is located in the Kimberley region and is within close proximity to six other properties protected by Rainforest Rescue.

The purchase of these properties will go a long way to helping us acheive our vision to buy back and protect all remaining 180 properties threatened by residential development in the Daintree Lowlands by 2030. Please donate now to protect the Daintree Rainforest forever.

Kind regards


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