Building Strong Foundations

 In Conservation, News, Nursery, Partnerships, Restoration, Supporters

We continue to be blown away by the generosity and accordingly, IMPACT, that we’ve been able to make with our excellent philanthropic foundation partners by our side.

The concept, creation, and operations of the new Rainforest Rescue Native Nursery – which is tipped to be the Wet Tropics’ largest – was a big, bold and brave dream not so long ago.

This dream is almost a reality with the new Nursery looking to open its doors in just a matter of months – September 2022! Plus the crew is still aiming to produce 75,000 seedlings within the first year of operation.

Allen and Andrew assembling a frame for the pumphouse in the new nursery

This is only possible thanks to the support of many Business Partners, Individuals, as well as Trusts and Foundations, who believed in this dream and who believe in the work we do here at Rainforest Rescue.

The new Nursery is a BIG deal. Not only for the Wet Tropics or for Queensland but for the country, and indeed, the whole world.

We need more trees.

As recently featured in this article in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Weekend, we are working to make the Daintree the only rainforest in the world that is GROWING, not shrinking. To do this, we need more trees. LOTS more trees. The new Nursery will make this happen with the aim to grow 1 million trees in 10 years, and then up to 1.5 million trees per decade!


Whether it’s through funding Nursery equipment, vehicles, or wages, we salute you ALL, our wonderful supporting Trusts and Foundations.

Our most recent contributing trusts include the Bowden Marstan Foundation and our longest-serving supporting Foundation, the James N. Kirby Foundation. The James N. Kirby Foundation has funded the protection of many Rainforest Rescue properties and key land management items and now – vital new Nursery support.

“The trustees of the Kirby Foundation are passionate advocates for biodiversity and climate action. Rainforest Rescue’s tree nursery will have a huge impact on both. I can’t wait to get up there to see it!”

– James Kirby

Bowden Marstan has helped Rainforest Rescue make history yet again and, for the first time ever, this has seen us secure funding to employ Traditional Owners to work at the existing and new Nurseries.

To view our full support in this area please visit Trusts & Foundations – Achieving more together

Perhaps one of the most beautiful aspects from Rainforest Rescue’s point of view is when a representative from a supporting Philanthropic Trust makes the journey to see their impact in action.

We were blessed to have The Ian Potter Foundations’ Senior Program Manager Louise Arkles with us while we visited our partners at Jabalbina Aboriginal Corporation, toured our rescued lands, and of course, planted thousands of trees this past May.

Nursery manager Marine and Louise Arkles from The Ian Potter Foundation at the nursery

“My time with Rainforest Rescue in FNQ was hugely valuable and enjoyable. Getting to know the Rainforest Rescue Board members and staff, seeing everyone’s passion and commitment to this restoration work, gives us [the Foundation] confidence that our investment is in expert hands.

It was also a privilege to spend time with Rainforest Rescue partners, particularly with the impressive team at the Jabilbina Indigenous Corporation who gave us a very moving welcome to their Country.

There is no substitute for meeting the team face to face, and experiencing the beauty of – and challenges to – this environment first hand.”

– Louise Arkles, Senior Program Manager – Environment, The Ian Potter Foundation

To read more about The Ian Potter Foundation’s support of Rainforest Rescue – click here.

We welcome ALL supporters far and wide to come and visit the Daintree and see what your support has enabled us to do.

Thank you, from the whole crew at Rainforest Rescue – these dreams wouldn’t become reality without you by our side.

For the rainforests,

Kristen Canning | Partnerships


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