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May 18, 2012

The Daintree Rainforest's Future is in OUR Hands!

Another Block of Rainforest Saved!
Another Block of Rainforest Saved!

 Dear Friends,

A quote from Rainforest Rescue CEO, Kelvin Davies, "We are now the owners of Lot 82 Rosewood Rd. Settlement on the property purchase occurred on Wednesday!"

Thanks to wonderful donors like you, Rainforest Rescue has been able to purchase and protect forever TWO critical blocks of World Heritage Valued rainforest in the Daintree Rainforest, Lot 82 and Lot 83 Rosewood Rd.  Thank you!

Also this year, 2,600 trees have been planted on the Cassowary Conservation Reserve over the months February – April 2012 in the Daintree Rainforest.  We are now planning a community and corporate tree planting event for May 27 and a great number of trees will be planted on this day.

I wanted to end this report with a link to a very important message and a very special vision being brought forth by Rainforest Rescue.  The future of the Daintree Rainforest (and invaluable ecosystems around the world) is in OUR hands.  There's no one person more important in this conservation crusade than you.  Each of us has the power to spread a message, talk with a friend and put our convictions into action.  That's how we save a rainforest and this is why we report back to wonderful supporters such as yourselves-- http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/Protect_Rainforest_Forever.html

Cheers and please do drop us a line with any questions or concerns you might have.  We would love to hear from you! 

 

Paul Medici

 

 

Reforestation Work
Reforestation Work
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It's Fun and Rewarding Work!
Your Donations Go Into Their Hands!
Your Donations Go Into Their Hands!
Mar 12, 2012

YOU Make the Difference!/Bonus Day March 14th!!

Cassowary
Cassowary

Dear Donors & Friends,

On behalf of Rainforest Rescue, I am very happy to be reporting back to you today.  Quickly, I would like to let all of you know that March 14th is Bonus Day at GlobalGiving!!!  Donations will be matched at 30% starting at 12:01 AM EST and going until $50,000 in Matching Funds runs out.  Funds DO run out quickly so if you can donate, please donate early.  Thank You!!       

I have a bunch of great news to share and a sad note as well.  Since Cyclone Yasi hit in early February 2011, 21 Cassowary have been killed.  Many were hit by cars while forging for food in areas struck particularly hard by the cyclone.  With only around 1,000 adult Cassowary left in the wild in Australia, this news does indeed strike a cord.  But thanks to donors (partners) like you, Rainforest Rescue is right on target and accomplishing our goals.

Every Wednesday we have volunteers helping us in our nursery.  Right now, the following tree-planting activity is going on:

-- on Lot 46 Cape Tribulation Road, we achieved the planting of 1,000 trees in the month of February between periods of driving rain.  This is a Rainforest Rescue property.

--  On target to plant 3,080 trees between April-June on the Cassowary Conservation Reserve in the Daintree Rainforest.  This is a Rainforest Rescue property.

-- Great News!!!  People Purchasing Power!  Another Daintree Rainforest Property SAVED by donors like YOU and Rainforest Rescue!!  See article below:  

http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2012/03/09/209545_local-news.html

--And finally, we have 2 community tree planting events coming up in the Daintree Rainforest and the Mission Beach area in the Cassowary Coast.  Both events will involve the broader community and the invitations are being prepared to go out now. 

As you can see friends, Rainforest Rescue relies on its supporters, volunteers and donors keeping the faith and staying with us through thick and thin.  Our strength comes from people like you standing side by side with us--and in many cases, helping us with the work on the ground.  None of this can be accomplished without funds, which is why we greatly appreciate your continued support.  Thank you very much for your time today friends and please do drop us a line from time to time.  We would love to hear from you!  What is it about the Cassowary that makes you such a fan?  Have you ever seen a Cassowary in the wild in Australia or at a zoo?  How long have you been interested in supporting Rainforest Conservation Initiatives?

Cheers,

 

Paul Medici & the entire Rainforest Rescue team! 

Mossman Creek, Cassowary Conservation Reserve
Mossman Creek, Cassowary Conservation Reserve
Rainforest Rescue
Rainforest Rescue's Daintree Nursery
The Endangered and Elusive Keystone Species
The Endangered and Elusive Keystone Species
Jan 20, 2012

Restoring Critical Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors & Early 2012 Cassowary Update

Losing Ground, Mission Beach, Liz Gallie Photo
Losing Ground, Mission Beach, Liz Gallie Photo

Dear Friends,

It has been a terribly rough start to 2012 for the Endangered Southern Cassowary.  There have already been four deaths reported as well as the orphaning of a Cassowary chick.  Nowhere is the Cassowary more in danger of being struck down by a car or mauled by a domestic dog than in the Cassowary Coast area of Tropical North Queensland, just south of the city of Cairns.  Many areas such as Mission Beach, Garners Beach, Tully, Etty Bay and more provide invaluable habitat for many adult Cassowary and their young.  This is a major Cassowary Hotspot and increased development (some of it massive in scale) in and around Mission Beach has taken a humongous toll on the Cassowary and its habitat, Low-Lying Tropical Rainforest.  Now, the Mission Beach Cassowaries are in a tailspin.  Most of this World Heritage valued rainforest doesn't have protected status so it is up to Rainforest Rescue, local organizations, the community and our international friends and partner organizations to save the Mission Beach Cassowaries (as well as Cassowary throughout Tropical North Queensland) and its habitat forever.  Yes--it is literally up to all of us.

Not that anyone who works day in and day out with the Southern Cassowary needs a wake-up call, but four Cassowary deaths already this year, is indeed alarming.  The Mission Beach area was hit not too long ago with a Category 5 strength cyclone last February and the Cassowary is still suffering in the aftermath.  Its habitat has been stripped of some of its main food sources (fruit from rainforest trees) and so the Cassowary has been forced to forage for food beyond its normal habitat more often than not--leading it onto the roads and into people's backyards where cars and dogs are causing havoc.

The good news friends is that Rainforest Rescue has a plan, developed along with the local community, to restore critical Mission Beach Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors which will provide habitat, food and safe passage for generations of Cassowary to come.  Together, with your help, we can plant 10,000 (or more) rainforest trees in the degraded corridors by early April.  Each tree cost $10.  May we count on you to help us save the last of the Mission Beach Cassowaries?  The Cassowary needs the rainforest and the rainforest needs the Cassowary, and Man needs both for environmental and medicinal purposes.  We also need to preserve ancient flora and fauna for future generations and the Cassowary plays a major role in managing this dynamic ecosystem.          

Rainforest Rescue knows what needs to be done.  Our strategic approach is in place and now is the time to act.  Action "is" the answer and the Cassowary's only hope.  Your donations will go straight to work--revegetating the corridors, these lifelines, for the Endangered Southern Cassowary and other wildlife.  Seed collection, planting many different varieties of rainforest trees (including fruit trees for food), removing invasive weeds, wildlife fencing and increased signage are just some of the jobs needing funds today.   

Finally, Rainforest Rescue would like to thank folks such as Liz Gallie, Paul Toogood, Cynthia Francis, Tony O' Malley, Russell Constable and many others that live in Mission Beach (and the greater Cassowary Coast area) for their activism and their community action.  They are on the front lines, helping raise awareness to the Cassowary's plight in the Mission Beach and surrounding area, and taking part in community tracking projects that record Cassowary sightings and other Cassowary behavior.  Most of the photos we picked for this Project Update come from them and our new main Project Profile picture, Losing Ground, is from Liz Gallie.  Liz even won an award for this great photo last year.

So, thank you friends, donors, organizational and corporate partners and more for all you do.  Only a team effort will save the Endangered Southern Cassowary and its mega bio-diverse habitat from extinction and we need the “whole team” with us right now.  Again, action is the only chance the Cassowary has and Rainforest Rescue is committed to action.  We’ve been working to save the Cassowary and its habitat since 1998 and we’ve seen the good that comes from hard work and dedication.   Please feel free to contact us anytime with any questions or comments you may have.  We encourage participation in this project because this is “our” project, all of ours.  We look forward to chatting with you soon!

Cheers,

Paul Medici & the entire Rainforest Rescue Staff

 

PS  We have made some slight revisions to the project and these include the title and the inclusion of Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors into the body of the text.  Just $10 plants one tree in these vital corridors which will provide habitat, food and safe passage for the Endangered Southern Cassowary!                   

Cars & Cassowary Don
Cars & Cassowary Don't Mix, Liz Gallie Photo
Mission Beach Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors
Mission Beach Cassowary (Wildlife) Corridors
North Hull River, Raeleen Smith Photo
North Hull River, Raeleen Smith Photo
One Tree at a Time, Rainforest Rescue
One Tree at a Time, Rainforest Rescue

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