That’s right, RCF will match your contribution in dollars! Thanks to an anonymous donor, we are able to do this for a short time this year. Each climbing harness can save hundreds of huge, majestic aguaje palms in the rainforest. Threatened species of monkeys, peccaries, tapir and other animals depend on these fruit-bearing keystone species for their survival. Hurry, as this matching funds campaign has a limited time period.
Some our recent supporters:
The Threshold Foundation
Adam Bauer-Goulden and The Rainforest Rescue Coalition
I am embarking on an exciting new documentary film project in the Peruvian Amazon with a filmmaker and several George Mason University students. Our documentary film will tell the story of the Maijuna indigenous group as they fight to save their ancestral lands and traditional culture. The Maijuna live in one of the most biologically rich places on earth and their ancestral lands are made up of almost 1,000,000-acres of primary rainforest (22% larger than Yosemite National Park).
The Peruvian Government wants to build a road directly through the heart of Maijuna lands, which the Maijuna are adamantly against. The direct
Continue reading Help Save the Amazon and an Indigenous Culture – The Maijuna Film Project
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It is super easy to sign up. Just go to goodsearch.com and select the get started prompt. Enter your name and email and then in the box where you provide your charity, write in Rainforest Conservation Fund. You will see RCF’s name come up, then select RCF, and you’re done!
Please use Goodsearch as your daily search engine, and ask your friends to do the same … and make sure they select RCF of Chicago. Helping preserve rainforest just takes a click!
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Aguaje palms (Mauritia flexuosa) have long been considered to be “the tree of life” in the Amazon rainforest. Their fruits are not only eaten and sold by humans, but they are also an important source of food for a wide range of threatened animals such as monkeys, macaws, tapir and white-lipped peccaries. These massive palm trees produce large amounts of valuable fruit high up in the palm, causing people to cut them down, killing these old, majestic, magnificent symbols of the Amazon rainforest.
Luckily, a new type of climber has been developed that is durable and makes climbing the palms an easy
Continue reading New RCF campaign for the Amazon: Funding climbing harnesses to end the destruction of “The Tree of Life”
“Even when he managed to seize trucks, chain saws or illegally harvested trees, judges would often force him to give them back, he said. Bribes were so common, he said, that one anticorruption official openly encouraged him to take them.
“The power of the logging industry here is very strong,” Mr. Berrospi said. “The corruption is terrible.”
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In April, 2010, RCF added a new project to our rainforest conservation efforts, located near and around the Amani Nature Reserve, in surrounding forest fragments and farmland of the East Usambara Mountains of Tanzania.
Led by RCF Advisor to the Board Dr. Norbert Cordeiro (Roosevelt University, Chicago) and Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania), the project works with local residents from 3 villages to conserve and restore the threatened cloud forests and the biocultural diversity of the area.
Dr. Henry Ndangalasi (left) and villagers processing seeds and seedlings in the screenhouse at Emau Hill, Amani.
The main component of the
Continue reading RCF project in Tanzania: Conserving and restoring an endemic-rich African cloud forest