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Our Story

ReForest Now was registered in 2018 with a mission to see large scale reforestation happen in Australian rainforests. We've brought a new wave of energy and passion to this field to see the distance between concept and action reduced to days instead of years. Our mission is not just to discuss our dreams of seeing the rainforests return, rather to get out there - achieve outcomes rapidly and report back to our partners. We are always ready and willing to take on the next big project.

We operate a rainforest nursery, tree planting, rainforest regeneration, maintenance, partnerships, scientific and administration teams. As such, we've been able to create a real not for profit that can meet all it's own service needs and thus genuinely achieve large scale outcomes without diluting the funding we receive from our partners. 

In the end, we are here to enable people and businesses to not just have their voice heard, but to have Earth saving actions committed on their behalf with strong reporting, accountability and transparency for our supporters.


 

The Logo - what does it mean?

The logo is a scientific/art story. In a world of simple logos we wanted to create something different with embedded meaning.

Starting at the middle: At the centre of life is solar energy, there is no life without the sun. The energy of the sun then must meet with water to stimulate life. We sampled the blue from the appearance of the Earth from the famous image taken by Carl Sagan from the voyager spacecraft (known as the 'Pale Blue Dot'). From far in space, all one can see is the blue waters of our oceans.


From this water, autotrophs (that's plants and algae) can create energy, they are the first source of food energy on Earth, the ones who derive their life from water and the sun and feed life to all others.

Beyond them are the smaller life forms, the insects, the butterflies and the other essential smaller creatures who create the living biome. Note these small creatures are positioned in 12 hour clock positions. This is to demonstrate that as biodiversity is lost at the level of the insects that all biodiversity is at risk of collapse, as they disappear, time runs out for higher life. Thus we must watch and protect the web of life.
Finally our 'inverted Earth' is wrapped in an atmosphere of wooden trunks, to say that trees help to maintain the carbon balance and we should replant them to protect and hold our atmosphere, to help hold our Earth together.

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ReForest Now was created and is now sustained by the need for a comprehensive not-for-profit model of reforestation and regeneration in Australia. Australia has fallen far behind many countries that are offering more attractive tree planting and restoration programs at one tenth of the price (at $1.00 per tree) compared to our Australian national average of $10.00 per tree.

What ReForest Now has done is bring the cost of diverse rainforest planting down to $5.00 per tree in Australia, which of course is a challenge given the hundreds of species we plant.

We do this not because it is easy but because we live on the driest continent on Earth and it is in desperate need of reforestation, thus we must find a way to encourage the repair of this part of the world, despite the high costs associated with every aspect of working here in Australia.

We cover a wide array of internal services without being compromised on price by external for-profit detours. 

Staff cover the follow activities;

1. Seed collecting

2. Seed germination and plant propagation

3. Nursery construction and maintenance

4. Site inspection and landholder engagement

5. Rainforest regeneration

6. Weed drilling (including Camphor laurel)

7. Logistics of equipment, materials and vehicles

8. Augering (drilling holes for tree plantings)

9. Tree planting

10. Site maintenance/tree care

11. Report writing

12. Science production

13. Grant writing

14. Partnerships management

15. Financial management

16. Website management

17. Social media - Facebook and Instagram

18. Filming, interviews, podcasts and blogs

 

 

Image by Agto Nugroho

MEET THE TEAM


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maximo Bottaro
Cert III nar, Bsc, Bclin, Hons 1st

Josh Fryhall

Odin Runga-Covington

Vice President - Director of Youth

Director General

Co-Founder & CEO

Tashi Maizey

Director of Nursery Operations

and Nursery Manager

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Kim O'Sullivan

Director General

PODCASTS AND INTERVIEWS

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OUR CONTRACTORS

MAXIMO BOTTARO - CEO 

KALLEN MARECIC  - PARTNERSHIPS 

TASHI MAIZEY - NURSERY & FIELD

JOSH FRY-HALL - LOGISTICIAN
 

CHLOE VINCENT - NURSERY & FIELD 
 

MADELEINE WEST - OUTREACH 
 

KATIE PRITCHARD - NURSERY 2IC

ROMEY VASSELL - SITE CARE MANAGER

LUKE PHILLIP - CENTURION

CHRIS SNOWDEN - LABOUR

STANISLAV MUET - MAINTENANCE

BRADLEY MAXWELL - APPRENTICE

NINA FITZGERALD - NURSERY & FIELD 

LUKA MAIZEY - NURSERY & FIELD 

JOEY VENABLES - EXPERT ADVISER AND TEAM LEADER

MARKO LEMO  

TESS COTOGGIO 

PIERRE ALBERTINI  

JOHANNES BEER 

STEPHEN FORSHAW