URGENT APPEAL FOR WILDLIFE, CLIMATE, PEOPLE AND THE PLANET.
Australia’s Wildlife is suffering from catastrophic bushfires and the loss of vital habitat. Over 10.3 million hectares have been burnt and over 1 billion animals have died. Your help is urgently needed to restore important rainforest habitat.
Kelvin Davies inspects the impact of the bushfires on Northern NSW rainforests.
To everyone affected by the catastrophic bushfires, which includes some of our wonderful supporters, our thoughts are with you in this extremely challenging time. We also wish to express our admiration of our brave firefighters and appreciation for their efforts over these past three months.
Over the past month’s bushfires have impacted rainforests in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. The full extent of the damage will need to be assessed however it is clear the loss of habitat is enormous, and we need an urgent response.
Fire, Rainforests, and Recovery.
Unprecedented bushfires occurred in Northern NSW inland from Byron Bay in November and December 2019. They started on the 8th of November and were named the Mt Nardi fires. It’s believed the initial ignition was from a lightning strike that occurred at the beginning of October. According to RFS Superintendent Bryan Daley the "Rainforest was burning", due to unprecedented fire conditions that include high temperatures, low humidity, strengthening winds and high fuel load. Most of the bushland burnt was sclerophyll forest (eucalyptus, acacias and other hard leaved plants), however, the extreme conditions allowed the fire to burn the edge of the rainforest and in some place’s rainforest itself. These fires impacted Terania Creek, Tuntable Creek, Tuntable Falls, Huonbrook, Upper Coopers Creek, Upper Wilsons Creek and surrounds and burnt over 5,500 hectares.
Now that the bushfires in Northern NSW burnt have been extinguished and rain has come, we are ready for recovery actions. Our established rainforest restoration sites are ready for planting rainforest trees to re-establish habitat for endangered wildlife. Over 200 mm of rain fell over the weekend and we are planting trees now and need your support to continue.
Wildlife needs habitat to survive. It's vitally important that we restore as much rainforest as possible. We are raising $1 million to immediately plant 100,000 trees. Please donate now.
Your support is urgently needed to restore habitat for endangered Wildlife. Rainforests provide habitat for more species of plants and animals than any other ecosystem. Please donate now.
The planting has begun. Michael is ready to plant thousands of trees to restore the rainforest.
We must restore our rainforests now! Rainforests provide a vital refuge for plants and animals especially when fires occur. Rainforests are less likely to burn than eucalyptus forests. Planting rainforest trees is one essential solution to protect Wildlife, Climate, People and the Planet.
We need to raise $1 million to plant 100,000 rainforest trees. We are ready to start immediately. A $10 donation will plant and care for your tree for three years to ensure survival. Please donate now.
Caring for our future. Restoring rainforest will sequester carbon from the atmosphere to help mitigate Climate Change preventing future escalations of bushfires. Planting rainforest trees is one of the most effective ways we can reverse Climate Change. The drawdown of carbon through biosequestration can help mitigate, and eventually to reducing global average temperatures. YOU can help.
Bushfire recovery, we are ready to replant the rainforest.
In Australia many ecosystems have evolved with fire and eucalypts, banksias and acacias will regenerate naturally and rapidly. Rainforests are ecosystems that are poorly adapted to fires and as 99% of lowland subtropical rainforest has been cleared in the past, they need help to recover. We will be planting in areas where natural regeneration is not likely.
In southeast Australia, the threat from fires continues, however, the fires in northern NSW occurred in November and December. In this subtropical climate, we have a wet season that has arrived. The rain has extinguished the fires and its now the ideal time to plant rainforest trees.
Will you help with our rainforest recovery plan? We are restoring habitat in and near areas of fire-damaged rainforest in New South Wales. We have established programs to plant trees, we will start today. We need your support to make a positive impact for Wildlife, Climate, People and the Planet.
We've prepared land like this for replating now, now all we need is your support.
This project is restoring Lowland Subtropical Rainforest (only 1% remains) which in New South Wales is an Endangered Ecological Community Community (NSW Biodiversity Act, 2016). Funds donated will be used to plant trees to restore the subtropical rainforests in Northern NSW. This includes the cost of propagating and growing the trees in the nursery, site preparation, planting and maintenance of the trees for three years to ensure they all survive.
Please join me in supporting the restoration of rainforests impacted by the bushfires.
Rainforests need your help to recover.
For the Rainforests,
Founder - Rainforest 4 Foundation