Marie Gale, Ecolodges Indonesia Conservation Fund
Left to right: Hakim (Ecolodges Indonesia), Adut (FNPF), Suday (National Parks)
We need your help to get this fire team equipped and ready to protect the forest and reforestation sites before August.
They need to protect key habitat areas for orangutans, feeding stations for released orangutans and the reforestation sites.
We are working with many local groups including the National Park and FNPF (Friends of the National Parks Foundation).
FNPF is an Indonesian not-for-profit organisation that has been planting rainforest trees in the degraded areas of the Park for the last 10 years.
Last year they lost around 130,000 young trees in the fires. Years and years of hard work lost. It was heart breaking.
But already they have gathered donations and volunteers and have replanted about 13,000 new seedlings.
Ecolodges Indonesia is helping build a nursery to prepare new seedlings from the generous donations from our last campaign over Christmas.
Thank you to all our wonderful previous supporters.
Photo credit : Fatih Zabach
Over late April and early May this year, three young men representing the National Park, FNPF (Friends of the National Parks Foundation) and Ecolodges Indonesia spent 10 days in Australia training with the Beechmont Rural Fire Brigade.
They learned how to prepare for future forest fires with the National Parks and Wildlife Service rangers (NSW and QLD).
The Australian fire fighters were absolutely amazed at the efforts of the team that fought the fires last year, given their lack of equipment and training.
It is a miracle that no-one was killed or seriously injured.
All costs were covered by Ecolodges Indonesia Conservation Fund.
Our heartfelt thanks to the Beechmont Fire Brigade and National Parks and Wildlife Service staff who donated their time, uniforms, boots and other useful equipmentto the project.
Left to right: Suday, Adut, Hakim. Photo credit: Mark White
With the help of fire fighting experts we have identified the following essential equipment.
15 Rake hoes (These hand tools are used for building fire breaks, removing undergrowth, removing bark from trees to slow the fire)
15 Beaters (These are used to smother the flames and reduce the oxygen flow to the fire)
15 Knapsacks with fire nozzles (These carry up to 19 litres of water and are critical for extinguishing flames)
2 Handie - Talkie radios (communication between teams is vital)
2 x 800 litre collapsible water tanks - to be able to fill the knapsacks
All equipment purchased will be inventorised, numbered and available for audit at any time.
We need $8,000 in total.
The Conservation Fund receives funds from all guests who book a tour through Ecolodges Indonesia or the travel arm, Ecosafari Indonesia.
Ecolodges Indonesia assists in the conservation of Indonesia’s iconic and biodiverse National Parks by developing ecologically based lodges on the edge of Parks and by creating ecotourism experiences which produce sustainable jobs for local people and promote protection of the environment.