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Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest

by Rainforest Rescue
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Buy Back and Protect Forever Endangered Rainforest
Lot 30 Panorama - Martin Stringer Photography
Lot 30 Panorama - Martin Stringer Photography

You did it again!

The most recent opportunity to buy back a critical piece of endangered lower Daintree Rainforest has been a success - we are now in process to rescue it.

Everytime we're successful in rescuing a rainforest property that means less human impact in the future, less traffic, less disrution of Nature. It also means more habitat and protection for local flora and fauna. Remember, the Daintree is the most ancient of the world's rainforests. It is Australia's largest rainforest. It's the world's most biodiverse. And it's magnificent.

Lot 30 Cape Tribulation Rd is incredibly rich in wildlife where orange-footed scrub fowl dart into the understory, crossing paths with endangered cassowaries that forage there. Ulysses butterflies flit past and the call of Wompoo pigeons resonate through the trees. With this density of coverage, it's also sure that you'll find canopy dwellers like Bennett's Tree Kangaroo and floor dwellers like the Musky Rat-Kangaroo - both at risk. It's a magnificent piece of the rainforest that's been a planned homesite...and now it isn't.

Expert Evaluation

Our Daintree rainforest experts, Allen Sheather and Barbara Maslen, evaluate our properties before we rescue them, ensuring that the biological diversity and forest condition is up to par with state requirements for qualification to become protected nature reserves. They scored this block very high ecologically, with over 120 rainforest species, including many with very limited distributions. It also scores 5 out of 5 for its intact rainforest canopy.

Wildlife Corridors Protect and Connect

Ensuring Lot 30's protection will serve to expand our Cape Kimberley Wildlife Corridor, with its uninterrupted connectivity and undisturbed forest, adjoining previously rescued Lot 29, linked to the Daintree National Park. Another Rainforest Rescue reserve across the road connects to a private nature refuge, further expanding protection.  

Real Risk Mitigation

I was just there and locals informed me that there were "house pads popping up all over the place" - and I saw a bulldozer setting up. Lot 30 is reached by an access road that is cleared but not yet sealed. Roads provide access to development that would reduce this precious forest to holiday homes or worse. Ultimately, we plan to close off this road and replant it, bringing back the full forest canopy and providing a haven for plants, animals, fungi and insects alike. To do that we need to get the lot next door – our next target.

Rescue and Protect

Of the 33 properties - almost 34 - saved by you and fellow Rainforest Rescuers, 23 are protected with covenants  protecting them forever, two have been gifted to the National Park, and we are working with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to protect the remaining properties by adding them to our family of Nature Refuges.

Rainforest Rescue is committed to Protecting Rainforests Forever! 

Together we're making it happen. Thank you!

Cassowary - Martin Stringer Photography
Cassowary - Martin Stringer Photography
Bennetts Tree Kangaroo - Credit Mungumby Lodge
Bennetts Tree Kangaroo - Credit Mungumby Lodge

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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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Our #NEXT10 - 2 Down 8 to go campaign was successful!

Thanks to Rainforest Rescuers who contributed to our holiday campaign, our 32nd Rainforest Property is set to be rescued! That's our 33rd property in Australia!

This property represents a remarkable opportunity for all of us. Bordering Aboriginal Reserve Land - which in turn backs onto the National Park - on one side and Forest Creek on the other. This land is rich and ripe for rescue. In addition to its location and its rich state, its relationship to the creek helps to maintain the quality of water that flows through and into the Daintree River, and then onto the Great Barrier Reef. #Rainforest2Reef!!

The owner had approached us, knowing that this rainforest block is special, asking us if we could help protect it, forever. At almost 3 hectares this will be a substantial contribution to the greater Daintree. It is essential that this property is brought back into the Daintree.

239 Donors came together to make this opportunity a success. Many donors contributing add 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. 

Rettet den Regenwald - Rainforest Rescue Germany - is a non-profit that advocates for rainforest protection around the world and has partnered with Rainforest Rescue here in Australia to help us in our mission to Protect Rainforests Forever. They contributed significantly to our appeal to purchase this rainforest land, and they supported our efforts to purchase and protect Lot 19, Cape Tribulation Road in last year's campaign. They are making a big impact in protecting rainforests in Australia and beyond.

“Many people in Germany think that Australia’s great examples of Nature are the Outback, Ayers Rock, and Kangaroos. Very few know about the breathtaking rainforests, the oldest rainforests in the world.  The Daintree is the truest example of this. We are happy to be part of the amazing protection work done by our partners from Rainforest Rescue. Only together, working globally hand in hand, can we save the forests of this earth that we call home.” - Mathias Rittgerott

Our partnership is powerful, and appropriate. We're grateful to have such a wonderful partner and such an effective partnership.

Thanks to every one of you who make this important work possible and who helps Protect Rainforests Forever!

Thanks to supporters like you, who care about nature and rainforests, we are now officially more than HALF WAY towards securing our 32nd unprotected Daintree Rainforest property, the 3rd of our #NEXT10 campaign as we near the end of 2018! 

This rich, prospective rescue property scored high on our ecological scorecard, connects to protected reserves and provides clean, clear water that makes its way to the Great Barrier Reef. This land would be snapped up quickly if it made it to the open market as it's fairly large, very beautiful and has access to power. And remember - a high ecological score means nothing to a developer. Hopefully given this momentum, we will ensure this does not happen!

I thought you might enjoy joining us in this world of rescuing rainforests, so we made this brief video on our initial assessment of this special and under threat rainforest property.

Click here to see our intrepid team investigating this potential rainforest property rescue.

Your support has empowered us to increase the number of protected areas of the Daintree. Together we have, and will continue to, help protect the amazing wild animals of the Daintree like the Southern Cassowary, Musky-rat Kangaroo, Spotted-tail Quoll and so many more. Rescuing rainforest, establishing Nature Refuge status, restoring degraded ecosystems - this is what we do, and we love to share with you.

You protect the rainforests with us. We rescue rainforests because you make it possible.

For the rainforests,

the Team at Rainforest Rescue

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!! 

 

#2down8togo!

 

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Rainforest Rescue

Location: MULLUMBIMBY, NSW - Australia
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Project Leader:
Kaley Morrissey
Donor Care Executive
Mullumbimby, NSW Australia
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