To raise funds to support the conservation work of the Forest Guards of Timor-Leste's only National Park, Tasmanian rangers will be venturing over 500km down the length of lutruwita/Tasmania.
What is the Tasmanian Ranger Relay?
Members of the Tasmanian Rangers Association will be trekking, cycling and kayaking over 500km from the north to the south of Tasmania, starting at Penguin on October 9th and ending a month later at Cockle Creek. This relay will involve members swapping in and out of the journey, through whatever weather spring on the island throws at us, and documenting it all through a live GPS tracker, social media and a writer from Australian Geographic.
All of this will be to raise much-needed funds for our fellow protected area managers in Timor-Leste. Timor-Leste is one of our closest neighbours (barely more than the length of the Ranger Relay from Darwin!), and Australia has led international support for the country up to and since their independence in 2002. Nino Konis Santana National Park is their first National Park, and protected by a mere seven Forest Guards, and seven Marine Guards! The Forest Guards have ancient motorcycles that are proving inadequate for patrolling and working in the Park.
Through Conservation International and the Thin Green Line, NGOs which advocate for and assist protected area management around the world, the Tasmanian Rangers Association will be raising funds for vital gear. Equipment such as bikes and backpacks will enable the Forest Guard to continue to protect the most significant biodiversity in the young country.
To raise funds to purchase equipment for Rangers at Nino Konis Santana National Park in Timor-Leste. We are aiming to raise $25 000 which will allow them to purchase six motorcycles and basic equipment such as backpacks and first aid kits. Their current motor cycles are beyond repair, and the staff are unable to perform their duties to protect the nation’s only National Park.
The Tasmanian Rangers Association is the professional organisation for employees who are engaged in the protection, preservation, interpretation or administration of a natural or cultural assets and values; with particular emphasis on the Tasmanian reserve system.
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