URGENT APPEAL FOR WILDLIFE, CLIMATE, PEOPLE AND THE PLANET
Status update on fundraising: 27th of January 2020.
Financial need: $1 million
Amount raised: $117,830
Remaining target: $882,170
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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. 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. Fires have damaged rainforests in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria. Please donate now.
Kelvin Davies inspects the impacts of the bushfire on the rainforest in Northern NSW
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.
Bushfire recovery, we are ready to replant the rainforest
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 reverse Climate Change. The drawdown of carbon through biosequestration can help mitigate, and eventually to reducing global average temperatures. YOU can help.
The planting has begun. Michael is ready to plant thousands of trees to restore the rainforest
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.
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 places 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 reestablish habitat for endangered wildlife. We are planting trees now and need your support to continue.
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.
We've prepared land like this for replating now, now all we need is your support
Where and how will the trees be planted?
The trees will be planted on an established rainforest restoration site at Upper Wilsons Creek (where the photos on the pager were taken). 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) and for that reason, we will also plant trees on land nearby where rainforest restoration to recreate habitat is urgently needed.
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.
We are implementing this project with our partners at Reforest Now. They are a nonprofit organisation based in the Byron Shire in Northern NSW. They have a rainforest plant nursery and a team of workers who prepare sites for planting. We will organise community tree planting events in the coming weeks and months.
How will the donated funds be used?
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 donate now.
Rainforests need your help to recover
What species of wildlife will benefit from the project?
The Wompoo Fruit-dove and Rose-crowned Fruit-dove are some of the 25 threatened species that will be helped through this project.
The 25 species recorded in Wilson Creek, that are listed as Threatened by the New South Wales government’s Biodiversity Conservation Act include;
Birds: Albert's Lyrebird, Barred Cuckoo-shrike, Bush-hen, Marbled Frogmouth, Masked Owl, White-eared Monarch, Rufous Scrub-bird, Sooty Owl, Black Bittern, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Glossy Black-cockatoo, Osprey, White-eared Monarch, Wompoo Fruit-dove, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, and Rufous Scrub-bird.
Mammals: Little Bentwing Bat, Large-eared Pied Bat, Eastern Long-eared Bat, Golden-tipped Bat, Koala, Large-footed Myotis, Red-legged Pademelon and Spotted-tailed Quoll
Amphibians: Loveridge's Frog, Pouched Frog
Reptiles: Stephen's Banded Snake.
Some of Australia’s most beautiful rainforest birds will benefit.