Rainforest Rescue



Rainforest Rescue

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Rainforest Rescue is a not-for-profit organisation that has been protecting and restoring rainforests in Australia and internationally since 1998 by providing opportunities for individuals and businesses to Protect Rainforests Forever.

Our projects re-establish rainforests through planting, maintenance and restoration programs, as well as purchasing and protecting high conservation value rainforest and preserving its biodiversity.

Our vision
To Protect Rainforests Forever.

Our mission
Rescue vulnerable rainforests by buying threatened properties;
Restore damaged and fragmented habitat through reforestation;
Conserve the biodiversity and cultural heritage of Rainforest; and
Learn from the forest, sharing and raising awareness.

Our structure
Rainforest Rescue is an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee, managed by a Board of Directors who contribute their service on a voluntary basis. Our ABN is 61 086 885 154 and our ACN is 086 885 154. Read more about our directors.

Our staff
Our headquarters in Mullumbimby, NSW hosts the core team and administration function. We also have a conservation team in the Daintree to undertake land management and run our native nursery, and a Partnership Manager in our Sydney satellite office. In addition to staff and interns we have the support of many volunteers. Read more about our team.

Rainforest Rescue was established from a community wish to protect rainforest forever. We are committed to building relationships with individuals, philanthropists, businesses and grant-making organisations through which the majority of our funding is sourced.

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Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location


Known address

38 Gordon Street Mullumbimby NSW 2482, Australia

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History of group

Rainforest Rescue was started in 1998 with the initial focus to raise funds for rainforest conservation projects in the Big Scrub region of northern NSW.

On 25 March 1999 Rainforest Rescue was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered with the Australian government, providing maximum accountability to our supporters. The principal objective for which the Company was formed is the protection and enhancement of the natural environment.

As the charity evolved, the scope of its work expanded, initially to rainforests across Australia and subsequently internationally. Over the past 18 years, a key focus of our work has been the buy-back and reforestation of the lowland Daintree rainforest – an internationally important, ancient and unique area that needs protection. To-date we have rescued 27 rainforest properties in the Daintree and planted over 100,000 native trees in the area in restoration and reforestation projects. Much of our early work in the Daintree was in partnership with the Daintree Rainforest Foundation which merged with Rainforest Rescue in in 2009. However, we have not forgotten our heritage and have funded and undertaken a wide range of rainforest conservation projects in the Big Scrub region, including the planting of over 125,000 trees.

Rainforest Rescue has bought back threatened rainforest in the Daintree and in Tasmania. However, in our international work we develop partnerships with local conservation organisations and raise funds for their projects rather than duplicating their great work. Working in this way gives us maximum impact whilst allowing transparency for our supporters.

Rainforest Rescue is listed on the Australian government’s Register of Environmental Organisations which provided us with tax-deductible gift recipient status, enabling Australian residents to make tax deductible donations to the organisation.

Rainforest Rescue is registered with the Australian Charities & Not-for-profits Commission and is a Member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.

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