Apr 30, 2013

More Trees for Cassowaries Planted

Planting Trees in the Cassowary Corridor
Planting Trees in the Cassowary Corridor

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-- medicipj2@yahoo.com.  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

Mar 11, 2013

Why I Support Rainforest Rescue's Project in Sri Lanka

Thushari, Academy Member, at the 2012 EMMYS
Thushari, Academy Member, at the 2012 EMMYS

My name is Thushari Jayasekera and I care about healing the planet as a whole and have been interested in taking small steps that I can to help the environment. I ask questions like why can't the cattle raised for meat be grass fed instead of grain fed? Why do companies and governments clear rainforests for progress when we won't be able to enjoy the progress when the world reaches a point where we and they won't be able to survive? Not all of us are well versed in scientific aspects of how the world works and what affects us. I certainly am not even though I know some facts. Humans and other living beings need oxygen to breath. When most of us can take two steps to help, then how different the world will be...

Rainforests and the environment do not get destroyed by itself.  Corporations can make all the profit they want and have all the success but what good is that when we won't have a place to live? Destroying the Rainforests that help keep us alive is not the answer. The answer is to keep them. And not do anything to them. We must take care of our natural resources.

Among all therainforests that need saving, the Sinharaja Rainforest is one that is important to Sri Lanka and the South Asian region. That is why I want to support the long-term survival of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. I think what Rainforest Rescue is doing is awesome and great. And it’s wonderful that they have partnered with GlobalGiving to raise funds for the project. How are they helping to protect the rainforest and what type of conservation is necessary? Find out more at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/save-remaining-rainforest-patches-sri-lanka/

Actually, growing up in the USA, I did not know about the state of the Sinharaja Forest until I found out about it thru Rainforest Rescue which is a sad thing. News about threats to rainforests around the world are not everyday front page news or even low priority mainstream news. So like a lot of others do and will do, I, also, had to read up on this project. And I know that many in the USA do not know about Sri Lanka: an island in the Indian Ocean. We cannot be aware of all that is going on in the world, but we can definitely take steps to speak up when we find
out about situations. After I found out, I read more information about the reserve and saw photos. How beautiful and precious, I thought: A tropical rainforest with a variety of unusual species. If you look at photos of the
place, you will see the lush and varied green life & foliage. A link:http://www.rainforestrescue.org.au/ourprojects/plant-a-rainforest-sri-lanka.html

Something simple that we all may forget is that rainforests are important to have rain. Some things die out or become extinct naturally but when dying out happens unnaturally (usually due to man made progress) then steps must be taken to protect and preserve. In general, when corporations and governments act without looking at
all sides, and only look at what is profitable or clearing land, they are taking what is essential away from the people. It is all of our responsibility to keep a balance. We can be industrial without harming the forests around us. 
Aren't humans supposed to be resourceful? Then we can achieve our goals by not destroying what we need to survive. Therefore Sinharaja Forest Reserve is important to all living things in that region and should be protected. And to do that financial support is necessary.

Anyone can go to wikipedia online or Rainforest Rescue site to find out more about the Sinharaja Rainforest and learn about how to help to sustain life so people can continue life there. The Sinharaja Reserve
is regarded as one of the world’s 25 biodiversity ‘hot spots’, thus Long-term survival of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and surrounding rainforest patches in Sri Lanka is essential. It would be wonderful if you read up on the project and
support any way you can to help Rainforest Rescue take care of Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Sri Lanka.

Thank you.

Thushari Jayasekera
-American Actress of South Asian origin
aka Sri Lankan-American Actress

Thushari on her last trip to Sri Lanka
Thushari on her last trip to Sri Lanka
Lush Sri Lankan Vegetation
Lush Sri Lankan Vegetation
Thushari, 2013
Thushari, 2013
Dec 19, 2012

Enrich Lives & Rainforests

Education is Key
Education is Key
Dear Friends,
Would you like to help Rainforest Rescue send Indigenous Australians to school to become certified in conservation and land management?  Rainforest Rescue believes this is an investment worth supporting and we have been helping the Madhima Gulgan Bush Regeneration Team earn their Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management since 2008. 
Certificate IV in Conservation and Land Management
This qualification is part of the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation and Land Management Training Package. It allows individuals to develop post-trade skills and knowledge to become specialists within the conservation and land management industry. This qualification enables a selection of units from indigenous land management, natural area restoration, conservation earthworks or lands, parks and wildlife to create a general qualification as a job focus.
Cost $1,900
Duration 6 months full time
Be a benefactor this Holiday Season and help people in need with a much needed hand up, not a hand out.  This is incredibly important work and we all benefit when our rainforests are restored, healthy and fully functioning. 
Happy holidays!
Trevor Jenkins, Leader of the MGBRT
Trevor Jenkins, Leader of the MGBRT
MGBRT planting trees in The Big Scrub Rainforest
MGBRT planting trees in The Big Scrub Rainforest
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