Protect 100 acres of vital Australian rainforest

by Australian Rainforest Foundation
Rainforests bring a lot of water
Rainforests bring a lot of water

End of year brings change
of pace

The last three months has been busy in finalising
our rehabilitation of the many rainforest blocks in the Daintree.

September saw the last of this year’s tree planting
as the hot weather heralded the onset of the wet season. We had some good rain
in October and November but the 30 degree days made field work uncomfortable
and we even had to water some recent tree plantings to ensure their survival.


The tropical north of Australia is expecting a good wet
season this year, which usually runs from November to March and it is the
weather that actually determines our work schedule in rainforest


In the coming months we will be undertaking
essential maintenance of our plant and equipment. The very nature of operating
in a tropical environment means regular and often costly maintenance. This
period is also one for site maintenance such as fence and track repair and also
a time for seed collection and grow out in our nursery.

Donors keep the faith

The 2011 year has been a tough one for many
businesses and individuals and consequently, many charities have found
maintaining donations quite difficult.

We were no exception. However most of our regular
donors have maintained the faith and for this we are extremely grateful.


A number of our supporters have arrived in the
tropical north, some unannounced, to have a look at the rehabilitation sites
and find trees they have purchased.

Thanks to our Conservation Officer, Adrian ‘Golly’
Watson, who gave up his leave and weekends on occasions, we managed to
accommodate most requests for field visits.

For those
living outside of the tropics it is hard to appreciate what the wet season can
bring. For us, 10 feet a year is not uncommon. Now, that’s a lot of water.


Working with the weather is never an easy task
During the dry season in the Daintree rainforest, which usually runs
from April to December, the ARF works hard at rehabilitating the
many rainforest blocks it has acquired.
However, by the time September comes around, 36 degree Celcius days
and high humdity makes tree planting more difficult. It is during
the September to December period that the Foundation starts seed
collecting for the next year’s planting and keeps on top of the never
ending weed control, site and machinery maintenance.
The July to September period this year saw a new milestone achieved
with Angsana Great Barrier Reef Resort (part of the Banyan Tree Group)
planting its 10,000th tree in the Daintree on ARF land; and the Westpac
Bank group from Far North Queensland came back to plant another
200 trees on their growing rainforest reserve at Cape Tribulation.

Nursery Damage
Nursery Damage

Dear Friends,

Following the tropical cyclone Yasi in February 2011, conservation efforts have been centred on cleaning up the damage to vegetation. However since February we have continued to experience greater than average rainfall, making site clean up and weed control almost impossible. It has only been in the early part of May that we have been able to get vehicles and equipment back on site and as the photographs show, the weed reinfestation has been significant. (see “Over the Creek Blu…..” image shows the extent of weed reinfestation with the trees planted in late 2010 just popping up amongst the weeds)

The next few months will be spent dealing with the weeds in preparation for the next 4,000 trees due to be planted in the dry season between June and November.

In the meantime, we have been collecting seeds and growing out a number of seedlings in our Daintree nursery. ( see attached photos) This is an important task as most of the trees used in rehabilitation must come from the local area. We currently have around 15 different tree species in the nursery and through collection and purchase from commercial nurseries; this will rise to almost 100 different species ready for revegetation plantings later in the year.

Thank you for your continued support friends and I look forward to updating you soon on other Australian Rainforest Foundation activity in the George Mansford Reserve!


Roger Phillips


Over the Creek
Over the Creek
More Nursery Work
More Nursery Work
Cassowary Coast
Cassowary Coast

Dear Mates,

This Project Update will be short and to the point.  We need your help today.  If history teaches us anything, it is that time is of the essence right after a major catastrophe.  Although Cyclone Yasi had mercy on the bigger metropolitan cities of Far North Queensland, it showed no such restraint on wildlife habitat.  The Cassowary Coast took a direct hit and many parts of the Daintree rainforest were damaged as well.  There is a lot we can't do, but there is an awful lot that we can do.  But we need your help and we need your financial support.

Fruit trees are a major source of food for wildlife and most of these trees have been defoliated--stripped clean.  Major food operations are underway including setting up food stations near known heavy wildlife traffic, aerial food drops in the denser jungle regions and a massive restoration and revegetation program to extend the rainforest and protect the old-growth/mature rainforest.  Below are key reasons why we need to act now and get the job done:     

1. More habitat loss
2. Massive food shortages--up to 3 years possibly 
3. Wildlife corridors destroyed that connected fragmented rainforest to the large intact rainforest
4. More wildlife (cassowary, tree kangaroos, Musky-Rat Kangaroo, etc.) now out in the open
5. More wildlife will be hit/killed by cars because of having to forage for food in riskier areas and crossing roads 
6. More wildlife will be attacked by dogs when leaving the jungle to enter towns starving and looking for food
7. More wildlife will be attacked/die by hungry feral pigs
8. More wildlife will enter a period of lower fertility rates from the stress of the cyclone, risking their status 
The list goes on just like the work we have before us.  The need is great and we appreciate any and all donations.  Your donations will be used to help counter the 8 problems listed above.  The next Project Update will report on the first actions taken and our on-the-ground response.
Thank You!
Paul Medici         
Defoliation equals no food source for wildlife
Defoliation equals no food source for wildlife
Uprooted Trees
Uprooted Trees
Cyclone Yasi Damage
Cyclone Yasi Damage

Dear Donors,

Cyclone Yasi Update--3/2/2011 at 14:30 hours.

Cyclone Yasi has devastated the coastal area between Innisfail, Mission Beach and Tully.  This is prime rainforest habitat (called the Cassowary Coast) for the endangered Southern Cassowary, the 'Gardener of the Rainforest' in Tropical North Queensland.  Not a tree standing in downtown Mission Beach.  90% of banana production destroyed.  The World Heritage Listed Daintree rainforest wasn't hit as hard.  This is prime cassowary habitat as well, along with rare and endangered flora and fauna, tree kangaroos, wallaby, cockatoos, etc...       

ARF has a rainforest block (145 acres) in the worst hit area--Mission Beach.  As of tonight, no word on condition of rainforest which was 90% old-growth rainforest.  I will update this project again tomorrow night.  Please know--this is shaping up to be a wildlife and habitat tragedy in this part of the region.  The only good news (possibly) is that the World Heritage Listed Daintree rainforest might have been spared a real heartbreaking loss.  We'll know more about this tomorrow.  But World Heritage Listed rainforest and its wildlife south of Cairns is in real serious trouble.  We have a lot of work to do!  Please donate if you can and please ask a friend.  Updates on First Response/Disaster Recovery operations will be forthcoming.


Thank You!


Paul Medici       

More Damage
More Damage

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Australian Rainforest Foundation

Location: Cairns, Queensland - Australia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Roger Phillips
CEO, Australian Rainforest Foundation
Cairns, Queensland Australia

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