May 29, 2019

RESCUE UPDATE & ANOTHER GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Photo: Dean Jewell
Photo: Dean Jewell

Thanks to Rainforest Rescuers who contributed to our December campaign, a 32nd Daintree Rainforest Property has been rescued! 

This property, Lot 15 Forest Creek, Daintree represents a remarkable win for biodiversity. Bordering Aboriginal Reserve Land - which in turn backs onto World Heritage Daintree National Park and Forest Creek, this rainforest was rich and ripe for rescue. In addition to its location and its scorecard rating for species and biodiversity, its relationship to the creek helps to maintain the quality of water that flows through and into the Daintree River, and ultimately depositing clear sediment free runoff onto the Great Barrier Reef. #rainforest2reef

The owner of this property approached us, knowing that this rainforest block was unique and special, and asked for our help to protect it, forever. Supporters from around the world came together to make this opportunity a success. Many supporters contributing adds up to great big totals - and because of the many donors contributing from a few dollars to many thousands, this property is going back to Nature. At almost 3 hectares this is a substantial contribution to the greater Daintree.

Let’s do it again - Another Rescue Opportunity!

Over the last 20 years, Rainforest Rescue has been making continual progress on establishing and expanding nature reserves and ecological corridors - stitching together high-conservation value properties to create viable corridors that support local flora and fauna, protecting biodiversity and securing essential habitat.

Very few people outside Australia know about its breathtaking and biodiverse rainforest regions. The Daintree is one of the oldest and precious rainforest habitats in the world.  In fact, David Attenborough calls it a worldwide treasure that should be protected at all costs. That’s why, with your help, we are focused on buying back and protecting it forever.

Now we have another opportunity to purchase, rescue and protect a critical piece of rainforest in the Daintree, Lot 30, Cape Tribulation Road. This property will eventually add to the lower Daintree’s Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor. We have just two properties left to rescue in order to fill out this corridor. Once complete, the access road will be closed off, replanted, and this magnificent section of the Daintree Rainforest will be protected forever. (see map below) That is a worthy contribution to Nature.

You can help save Lot 30, Cape Tribulation Road, an essential rainforest property, protecting it and extending this wildlife corridor by making your gift for Nature today.

Please give a gift to our Buyback and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest project today and help rescue Lot 30!

We believe that your commitment to conservation and to Nature is part of who you are and part of your legacy, just as it is ours.

Thank you for making this important work possible and for helping to Protect Rainforests Forever!

View from Lot 15, Forest Creek
View from Lot 15, Forest Creek
Map and Legend for Lot 30, Cape Tribulation Rd
Map and Legend for Lot 30, Cape Tribulation Rd

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Mar 12, 2019

Breaking New Research on the Southern Cassowary

Southern cassowaries are known for their distinctive casque – the hard bump that protrudes from the top of their head. The casque is one of the trademark features of the southern cassowary, yet for decades researchers have struggled to figure out the purpose of the large growth – until now.

Ground-breaking research conducting at La Trobe University in Victoria suggests that the casque is used to regulate heat and keep the beautiful birds cool during Australia’s sweltering summers. Danielle Eastick, from the university’s Department of Ecology, Environment, and Evolution, conducted a study with 20 cassowaries across Australia and discovered that the amount of heat released from the casque increases when the temperature rises. Previous research had suggested that the casque might be used as protection from dense vegetation, as a weapon to ward off other animals, or as a means of finding a mating partner, so this certainly is a ground-breaking finding! 

Cassowaries need large areas of rainforest to survive and thrive. At Rainforest Rescue, we work to rescue, restore, and conserve critical cassowary habitat to ensure that these incredible creatures can continue to live in the Daintree. We've recently spotted a cassowary on the Nightwings property, which we have been working to restore! Learn more by reading our previous report.

Thank you to all of YOU who have supported our mission to Protect Rainforests Forever and to extend the safe habitat of these critically important animals.

Mar 4, 2019

Lot 46's Impact Reaches from Rainforest to Reef

The Daintree & GBReef - (c) Darren Jew
The Daintree & GBReef - (c) Darren Jew

The Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef share a number of similarities, aside from their location. Both of these stunningly beautiful areas are blessed with significant levels of biodiversity. Both have life forms that exist nowhere else on the planet. Both are internationally recognised as remarkable and critically important ecosystems to protect – both for now and for the future.
We know that these two important ecosystems offer a great deal to the well being of their surrounding areas. But they also share a symbiotic relationship that is vitally important, and this relates to water - specifically to water quality. As Dr Robert Kooyman, Rainforest Rescue's Scientific Advisor states:

“Rainforest  and reef  are linked… by water.  In the Daintree  lowlands  ancient  trees  hold aloft a continuous canopy that protects  the land and soil… right  to the fringe  of  stream and reef. Here, evolution is not a memory, it is alive and nurtured  by clean, clear,  water.”

On Lot 46 which YOU have helped us protect forever, there is a main creek that flows through to the Daintree River and then to the Great Barrier Reef.

The protection forever of this huge property and the fact that over 50,000 trees were planted here to regenerate this damaged land, continues to be a huge win not only for the Daintree lowands but also now, it is proven, to the Great Barrier Reef itself.

Recent water testing undertaken by Rainforest Rescue has found that by replanting trees to regenerate rainforest, we significantly reduce the amount of turbidity (sedimentation that flows from the property) when compared to neighbouring properties that are damaged and not restored. This is significant as turbidity measures the sediments in the water - which in turn stifle coral in the Reef.

So, your investment in Lot 46 has enabled yet another one of the Earth’s most beautiful ecosystems to be healthier as a result!

The growth of the trees at Lot 46 continues to be incredibly strong, and all seedlings and this property are safe despite major flooding in recent weeks.

Thank YOU so much for making this happen!

Dr Robert Kooyman in the Daintree
Dr Robert Kooyman in the Daintree
 
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