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Nov 28, 2012

A "LOT's" at Stake

Urgent Buy Back
Urgent Buy Back

Rainforest Rescue's TOP 5 Daintree Properties to Buy Back & Protect Forever

Rainforest Rescue (RR) has saved 19 Daintree Rainforest properties, to date. This is essential Cassowary habitat.  A "LOT" more needs to be purchased, protected and in many cases restored.  This is what Rainforest Rescue (RR) does and we've been doing it since 1998.  This Holiday Season, we ask that you please consider joining us in saving (forever) those properties that are at greatest threat from development and of highest conservation value.  Development has its place, but not here, not in this ancient natural community.  This land is spoken for and for all of you who can envision the Bennett's Tree Kangaroo sleeping, hear the Green Tree Frog calling and feel the elusive Southern Cassowary booming, you know this area belongs to them and to the future generations-- http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/documents/Daintree_Top5-201210.pdf .
      
This Holiday Season, please consider saving some of Australia's most vulnerable natural masterpieces and iconic species, such as the great Southern Cassowary, Bennett's Tree Kangaroo, Green Tree Frog plus cockatoos, lorikeets, butterflies and so much more.  There is A "LOT" worth saving and we need your help.  The threat of development on Lot 76 is VERY HIGH. 
  
If you have any questions for us, please feel free to contact me at medicipj2@yahoo.com.  We welcome your questions and comments because quite frankly, it's YOU, the donor, that keeps us doing what we're doing.  Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones from all of us at Rainforest Rescue.
 
Cheers,
 
 
Paul Medici    
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New Cassowary Habitat Growing
New Cassowary Habitat Growing
Sep 18, 2012

For The Big Scrub, Big Opportunities

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Wilson's Creek
For The Big Scrub...Big Opportunities For Hands On, Heart-Felt Work
 
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 Indigenous people employed to care
for country they share a personal and historical connection with. 
 
In the past six months, the small band of workers who make up the Madhima Gulgan Bush
Regeneration Team have planted another 1,620 trees for Rainforest Rescue,
bringing life back to farms in the Byron Bay hinterland. Team members have
also been busy removing Madeira Vine and other invasive weeds. Removing weeds is
not very appealing work, yet it is vitally important to the survival and
regeneration of the rainforest.
 
Being a Madhima Gulgan bush regenerator 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. This is a unique opportunity, as the Madhima Gulgan Bush
Regeneration Team is the only Indigenous bush regeneration team within the Byron
Shire and Tweed Shire.
 
With the help of our supporters, Rainforest Rescue is keen to support Madhima Gulgan
Community Association into the future. We are grateful for their contribution to
our Big Scrub Plant a Rainforest Project and look forward to this partnership
continuing to grow and thrive.

Gaven Ivey, Team Member, Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team 
"I've been part of the group since 2008. At the moment, we’ve been doing a fair bit of
weed control, planting and maintenance. We also visit schools. I moved away, to
Sydney, when I was 18. I wanted to get back to country, travel it and work it.
This way, I get a hands-on feel for it. Being out in the rainforest… it’s the
most beautiful office I’ve ever been in.
 
Every day you have these moments where you look around and think ‘wow’.
 
It's nice to work on places you’ve grown up in. Locals, Councils and others open up to us.
We get the history of the country we’re working on. You actually get a feeling
about the site. Currently, it’s about four of us working out in the field, then
another two in the office. I want to do this for longer, get some more training…
I’d love to work towards establishing a chemical-free branch to our
group.”

Trevor Jenkins, Team Leader, Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team  
"When we’re able to offer employment for people, that’s a good feeling. I also find
the field work satisfying. You can look back at the end of the day, and can see
how much better things will be two years on - with the weeds gone, you know
those seedlings are going to get a burst.
 
These last 12 months have been a bit of a nightmare, with the rain and weeds, the rain
can be good for the plantings but too much and we can’t get into the
sites.
 
Some of the places we go to for work are really beautiful… places we wouldn’t normally
get to.

You look down into a valley and can picture in your head what it would have been like. We are trying to bring it back to what it was before.”
 
Thank you very much GlobalGiving supporters.  We greatly appreciate all your support and we hope you are excited about the progress on the ground.  Please feel free to share our project and all our news with friends and family.  Great opportunities lie ahead and we are looking forward to the work and restoring this great rainforest.
 
Cheers,
 
Paul Medici and the Rainforest Rescue Team      

 
Erynn Stephens of RR planting trees
Erynn Stephens of RR planting trees
Galvin from the MGBRT in the field
Galvin from the MGBRT in the field
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Can't put a price on great volunteers
Booyong Nature Reserve
Booyong Nature Reserve
Sep 13, 2012

Mission Possible! Saving Cassowaries

A male cassowary and his young
A male cassowary and his young
Dear Mates,
 
The surviving Cassowaries of Mission
Beach have got a lot of people worried - and these people will do whatever it
takes to give these magnificent birds a fighting chance.
 
When Category Five Cyclone Yasi crossed the North Queensland coast at Mission Beach
in February last year, the impact was devastating. “This was a nightmare
scenario for the already struggling Cassowary population,” reflects Rainforest
Rescue CEO Kelvin Davies. “Last reports are that 25 Cassowaries have died since
the cyclone; 13 from car strikes..
 
"As few as 40 adult birds may be all that remains of the wild Mission Beach population;
this is in an area long considered a strong-hold for the Endangered Southern
Cassowary.”
Immediately following the cyclone, Rainforest Rescue called its
supporters to action. The generous response from supporters provided funds for
the establishment of monitoring and emergency feed stations. The next vital step
is now underway - to restore Cassowary habitat and the species’ natural food
supply at Mission Beach.
 
Efforts to restore and expand rainforest habitat have kicked off at ‘Cottonwood’; a
rural Mission Beach property with 1,420 trees planted and a further 2,550 trees
to be established through facilitated natural regeneration. The 13.5 hectare
property has been identified as providing a critical wildlife corridor between
an adjoining nature reserve and the
extensive forests of the Djiru National Park. The goal is for this critical
corridor to provide habitat, food, and safe passage for generations of
Cassowaries to come, and increase resilience to future cyclonic
impact.
 
On April 27 this year, 43 volunteers converged at the site to undertake the first phase of the tree planting project.
This community driven project has drawn together representatives from Rainforest
Rescue, Terrain Natural Resource Management (NRM), Community for Coastal and
Cassowary Conservation (C4), Girringun Aboriginal Rangers, Conservation
Volunteers Australia and Cassowary Coast Regional Council. Cassowary food trees
such as Quandongs, Lilly Pillies and Bandicoot Berries were amongst the variety
of tree species planted. A Cassowary was actually spotted on the property that
very day adding further inspiration for the tree planters.
 
"The interest of Rainforest Rescue as a respected national organisation reminds local
people at Mission Beach just how important our tropical lowland rainforest is”.
Said Tony O’Malley of Terrain NRM.  
 
A further 800 trees will be planted at Cottonwood in the property in the coming months,
and ongoing maintenance will be undertaken over the next three years to ensure
optimal tree survival and a closed rainforest canopy. Consultation with local
landholders for future planting sites for Cassowary habitat restoration and
corridors is underway and planting will continue in 2013.
 
We've identified important locations for the corridors, a process which has involved mapping, liaising with local landholders and government to plan for strategic re-vegetation over the coming decade.
Thanks mates.  Besides all this work in Mission Beach, we have our Daintree Rainforest Plant a Rainforest project and our Daintree Rainforest Buyback and Protect Forever project that are directly helping the cassowary.  The Daintree Rainforest is a major cassowary hotspot and Rainforest Rescue has been purchasing and protecting properties in the Daintree since 1998.  The cassowary's habitat needs to be saved, and in many areas, rehabilitated.  We are doing the work that needs to be done and with your help, there is no telling how far we can go.  We would greatly appreciate another charitable gift from you and please don't hesitate to share our story with family and friends.  We are all in this together.
 
Cheers,
Paul Medici and the entire Rainforest Rescue team     
Fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest
Fan palms in the Daintree Rainforest
Car strikes are a major problem
Car strikes are a major problem
Volunteers are invaluable to our efforts
Volunteers are invaluable to our efforts
 
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