Chris Bennett Reserve

Rainforest Rescue has named an important rainforest block in honour of Chris Bennett and his work to conserve the Daintree lowlands. From the mid-nineties Chris helped to establish the Daintree Rainforest Foundation and championed fund-raising efforts to purchase the blocks now protected as the Baralba Wildlife Corridor Nature Refuge.

2006ca-cropThe Daintree Rainforest Foundation was awarded a Cassowary Award in 2006 by the Wet Tropics Management Authority for their efforts to conserve important areas of rainforest in areas adjacent to the World Heritage Area which provided habitat and ecological connectivity for animals such as the endangered southern cassowary.

The Chris Bennett Reserve is Lot 38 Cape Tribulation Road and was recently purchased following a fundraising campaign by Rainforest Rescue and the Douglas Shire Sustainability Group. It was the 26th property purchased by Rainforest Rescue. They have since purchased a  27th property (Lot 32 Cape Tribulation Road) as part of wildlife corridor connecting Daintree National Park and Nature Reserves in Cape Kimberley.

Community Collaboration for Cassowaries

Several members of the Cassowary Recovery Team – Mission Beaches Cassowaries, Kuranda Conservation, and the Daintree Region Cassowary Group – have joined forces to apply for a Community Action Grant with assistance from Terrain NRM.  If successful, the $20,000 grant will fund delivery of local community awareness and information sharing workshops and help to improve data collection and recording methods. Read more about it on Terrain NRM’s website. UPDATE (June 2012): unfortunately this application was not successful, but CRT members are continuing to look for alternative sources of funding. If you can help, please let us know!