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Dec 27, 2011

Thanks for your support

Dear Friends & Supporters

Thanks to your generosity we have successfully completed our GlobalGiving Challenge and secured a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website. Thank you so much. We could not have done this without you!!!!

Having our projects featured permanently on GlobalGiving will allow us to extend our reach and connect with like minded people who care about protecting our precious rainforests.

To those supporters who are new to Rainforest Rescue please visit our website to learn more about the work we do to protect rainforests within Australia and around the world.

To our existing supporters thank you for responding to our request for support. We know that Christmas can be a busy time and we appreciate you donating to our cause.

In my last report I mentioned that we are currently fundraising to buy back our 16th property in the Daintree which will protect vital habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary. I am pleased to announce that we are now over half-way to our goal of $112,000 to secure this important property and we will be continuing to fundraise to secure this property in the New Year. We have also earmarked another potential property purchase for June 2012.

Throughout 2011 we were also actively fundraising to support Cassowary populations at Mission Beach whose habitat was destroyed by Cyclone Yasi. In March 2011 we made a donation of $30,000 to the Queensland Parks & Widlife Service to assist in their emergency Cassowary feeding program. We also provided $3,000 to the CSIRO to support a study into Cassowary scats that will provide valuable insights into Cassowary movements and seed dispersal.

Further funding will be provided to Terrain NRM to plant rainforest trees from February 2012. that will restore Cassowary habitat damaged by Cyclone Yasi and to create and strengthen wildlife corridors that will support future generations of Cassowaries.

As we break for the Christmas I wish to thank you for your support and look forward to communicating to you further on our work to save the Endangered Southern Cassowary.

Have a safe and happy Christmas. 

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Dec 15, 2011

Cassowary habitat to be protected this Christmas

Thank you so much for your donation in support of our project to save the Endangered Southern Cassowary We are close to securing a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website which will enable us to reach out to more like-minded individuals who care about our precious rainforests.

At the last count we only needed 8 more donors and a minimum of $2,000 to complete the challenge. Please let your friends and family know of our campaign and ask them to support us in our challenge.

I just wanted to take this opportunity and update you on our project.

Rainforest Rescue is set to buy back and protect its 16th Daintree Rainforest property this Christmas with an appeal to purchase Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road.

This important property is located in the Cairns Regional Council’s Rainforest Conservation Precinct and backs directly onto a large property that has been protected by the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM). Protecting this property will therefore assist to enhance and consolidate with surrounding Queensland State Government conservation efforts.

The property is also classified as essential habitat for the Endangered Southern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius johnsonii) under the Queensland Government Vegetation Management Act 1999. Essential habitat is found on and within 1.1km of Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Road.

It is of importance and some urgency that we secure protection of this property, as although it is situated within the Conservation Precinct of the Daintree, this property remains as one of the few properties that retain building development approval. The purchase will ensure the building approval rights are removed and the property is protected forever.

You can read more about the conservation values of this property by visiting our website at http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/Protect_Rainforest_Forever.html and downloading our property brief.

To date Rainforest Rescue has purchased and protected 15 properties under its Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project. Rural residential development is the greatest threat to the Daintree Rainforest and there are 180 properties that remain at risk.

Increased settlement leads to clearing and fragmentation of the rainforest, more wildlife killed on roads and the further loss of wildlife through domestic dog attacks.

The Endangered Southern Cassowary, found only in the tropical rainforests of Northern Queensland is particularly at risk. Only 1,000 of these ancient birds remain in the wild.

Thanks to your support we can soon protect another piece of the Daintree Rainforest and protect forever this important rainforest species and their habitat.

For further information on our Daintree Buy Back and Protect Forever Project please visit our website at http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/save-a-rainforest-daintree.html

Thanks again for your support. I look forward to keeping you updated on the purchase of Lot 8 Buchanan Creek Raod and our important work to save the Cassowary.


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