Apply to Join
Oct 2, 2018

Newest property added to protected list

Pristine runoff into Daintree creek systems
Pristine runoff into Daintree creek systems

Thanks to those of you who supported this effort with meaningful contributions to our mid-year appeal, we have saved Lot 2, Forest Creek Road - the 2nd property of our #next10 campaign! You made this possible because you care about Nature and the magnificent Daintree Rainforest. We can now add another property and its rainforest habitat to our protected list!

This unique rainforest comprises almost 4 hectares and is located on and above steep hill slopes--making this an especially high conservation value property as it contributes to clear, fresh water runoff from its steep slopes. Unprotected degraded lands produce runoff high in sediment when it rains, producing negative ecosystem consequences. As such, this property has a direct positive impact on the Great Barrier Reef which receives runoff through the Daintree's waterways.

Its contribution to our growing protected rainforest areas and their impact on the well-being of the reef is another example of why this work is so important. Protecting intact habitat and promoting healthy ecosystems is one of our primary missions. And with your support we are making a real and significant difference to both these remarkable World Heritage ecosystems.

Because of the hundreds of individual donations that were made towards this effort from committed supporters, we were able to protect this remarkable property. Buyback of these pristine environments, which are slated for development and/or logging, is the single most effective way of protecting these areas and their biodiversity forever. To those of you who supported this appeal and helped to Buyback Lot 2 Forest Creek Rd - Thank you for helping to Protect Rainforests Forever!! 



Sep 17, 2018

Cassowary Chicks Surviving & Thriving

Three cassowary chicks with their dad
Three cassowary chicks with their dad

The chair of Rainforest Rescue Madeleine Faught recently visited our protected and regenerated rainforest sites in the Daintree Lowland Rainforest. She was there to monitor the progress of the seedlings we have planted to regenerate degraded rainforest and the results were great!

20180511-Nightwings-00778 © Martin Stringer (web).jpg

Image (c) Martin Stringer: Seedlings looking healthy and growing well

She was very pleased to report that everything is growing beautifully and the newest planted seedlings are starting to create roots and become firmly established in the ground. The loss of trees is now less than one percent.

Whilst there Madeleine was able to witness that three particular cassowary chicks which are very familiar to Rainforest Rescuers - we last saw them when they were very young – have now reached adolescence and are looking very strong and healthy.

This is a wonderful confirmation that thanks to you supporting our work of buying back threatened cassowary habitat along with replanting at degraded cassowary habitats properties, the safety of the populations of these rainforest guardians is increasing.

There are also more and more sighting by locals and Rainforest Rescuers alike of healthy adult Southern Cassowaries crossing the main Cape Tribulation Rd deep in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. This is also a warming indication that the whole community is coming together more and more to reduce the speed of their driving to make sure cassowaries are top of mind when travelling through this incredible natural beauty.

Thank you so very much for saving these incredibly important creatures - they are not only surviving, but thriving thanks to YOU!

Sep 13, 2018

Height, light & competition- a winning combination

Rainforest Rescue extends an enthusiastic ‘thank you’ for your continuing interest in the restoration of Lot 46. We think it’s an exciting ongoing story, and enjoy the fact that you do, as well. We last reported on our methodology for collecting monitoring data on this 68+ acre restored property. Once back in front of the computer, an analysis of this data confirmed what is easily reinforced by simply walking through the property – this restoration is a huge success, and it’s beautiful!

But what is successful restoration, and what does this depend upon? The goal of rainforest restoration is to set in place, or establish, the potential for a return to a rainforest with the structure and diversity of the original.

When trees grow, they increase in height. The reason is that they are chasing the light. When trees are planted close together they compete for light and continue to gain in height. The basis of our planting designs is to use this ‘height light’ strategy of plants and the natural variation between species to achieve a forest with complex structure and canopy closure.

This same planting strategy achieves another outcome - eliminating weed growth. Many weeds love the light so can easily become competition for young seedlings that are attempting to establish.

The high-density high diversity planting design relies on the fact that not all trees are the same. Some require full light and others are shade tolerant. Some grow tall, eventually reaching the canopy. Others stay smaller and live in deep shade in the mid-story. And some are short in stature and include shrubs. Each of these has a different strategy to survive. When mixed together they create a diverse planting of species with different characteristics that allow coexistence without extreme competition.

Another great attribute of this planting design is that it develops structure and food resources for animals very quickly. The result is an increase in habitat and resources for terrestrial and arboreal mammals, birds, and insects. The increase in biodiversity is rapid and continues as the forest develops towards maturity.

Aldo Leopold captured the ethic of restoration in his wonderful quote:

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

We couldn’t agree more.

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.