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Rainforest Rescue has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998. We do this by purchasing and protecting the biodiversity of high conservation value rainforest, and by re-establishing rainforest through planting, maintenance and restoration.
Many people assumed that the creation of the Daintree National Park and subsequent World Heritage Listing in 1988 would secure the unique environment of the Daintree rainforest. However, in the early 1980s, the Qld State government had approved a large rural residential subdivision in the heart of the Daintree lowland rainforest.
The developer divided the larger properties into smaller lots and sold them as freehold properties. These actions seriously undermined the integrity of the lowland rainforest, and created the greatest threat to it and its biodiversity.
Rainforest Trust helps protect threatened tropical forests and endangered wildlife by partnering with local and community organizations in and around vulnerable areas.
Through these highly effective partnerships, we can ensure sustainable results necessary for the long-term protection of tropical ecosystems and the wildlife they hold.
Our unique, cost-effective conservation model for protecting endangered species has been implemented successfully for over 25 years.
We establish strategic partnerships with the world’s most experienced and committed conservationists.
Our partners’ intimate knowledge of their regions’ ecosystems and local communities is key to achieving long-term land and species protection.
Together, we identify critical sites that provide a permanent refuge for endangered species. These biodiverse areas face immediate and direct threats, typically from loggers, miners or ranchers.
Protection requires swift action, and we work with our partners to develop scientifically based conservation plans that are not only timely, but also resilient and sustainable. With detailed plans in place, we raise the funds necessary to implement them.
Night Wings Rainforest Centre
NightWings is an ambitious and unique project. A property has been purchased south of the Daintree River in Far North Queensland, Australia, backing onto the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park: an area recognised as having the highest biodiversity rate in Australia. This 37 acre (15ha) site will encompass a small area for low impact, ecologically sustainable Visitor,
Education and Interpretive Centre, and Bat Hospital. We envisage to also build a café and gift shop in the future once the revegetation is established. However, the majority of the land is being turned over to the exciting task of turning old cane farm into complex lowland rainforest, combined with forest walks for a stunning and authentic ecotourism experience.
The site already contains mature and new rainforest planting, and transects have revealed a myriad of fauna, including 11 EVNT (Endangered, Vulnerable, & Near Threatened) listed species. Government transects have revealed at least 65 additional species of Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians on this property.
Trees for The Atherton and
Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands (TREAT) was started in 1982 by botanist Joan Wright and rainforest ecologist Geoff Tracey, who recognised the need for a community-based tree planting organisation to revegetate degraded lands and create corridors for wildlife on the Tablelands.
TREAT has wonderful working relationships with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service – Restoration Services – at the Lake Eacham Nursery, many landholders, other landcare and community groups.