RCF helps create 960,000-acre reserve in Peruvian Amazon!

RCF helps create a huge new rainforest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon!

Located between the Napo and Putumayo rivers, the 391,000 hectare Área de Conservación Regional Maijuna was established on February 4, 2012.

RCF Board member Dr. Michael Gilmore and RCF extensionists Gerardo Bertiz and Exiles Guerra attended the dedication ceremony and celebration in the Maijuna village of Sucusari. Almost 1,000,000 acres in size, the creation of the new reserve effectively cancels a project to build a road through Maijuna ancestral lands and gives protection to the last remaining 500 Maijuna individuals. To put things in perspective, this new protected area is 22% larger than Yosemite National Park – it is an immense area that is extremely biologically rich and culturally important. RCF has worked tirelessly with the Maijuna and their native federation FECONAMAI to help them organize and get this reserve approved by the Peruvian government.

In addition, since 2009, RCF has funded a beekeeping and honey production project under the guidance of German Perilla in Maijuna lands. The success of this project was vital to the creation of the reserve, because the Peruvian government requires that the Maijuna engage in “productive conservation” activities that can generate income in a sustainable way before they will approve the establishment of a new reserve. The honey production project will help save the rainforest by transforming it into a renewable economic resource for local people.

Now the hardest work begins for the Maijuna – protecting and managing their reserve and its natural resources. Thanks to a generous grant from the Threshold Foundation in late 2011, we can continue to support the Maijuna in this struggle.

Stay tuned for updates on RCF’s new programs with the Maijuna this year!

RCF board member Michael Gilmore with Maijuna leader Sebastián Ríos Ochoa at the reserve declaration ceremony. Photo by Ken Bohn.

Aerial photo of the new Maijuna protected area showing its incredibly intact nature. Photo by Alvaro del Campo.

A black water lake in the new Maijuna protected area. The new Maijuna protected area is incredibly biologically rich and culturally important. Photo by Michael Gilmore.

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Ride for the Rainforest: RCF forms partnership with Rainforest Rescue Coalition (RRC)

RCF has formed a partnership with the Rainforest Rescue Coalition (RRC). Working together, we are able to improve both our conservation impact and fundraising activities.

RRC has organized a bicycle “Ride for the Rainforest” event to help fund sustainable agroforestry projects in the Amazon and to save endangered habitat for orangutans in Indonesia. The ride starts from May 18 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and ends May 26 in Chicago Illinois.

Come join us we ride for the rainforest!

Click here for RRC’s web page and details on how to register for the ride.

Ride For The Rainforest: May 18th – May 26th. Sturgeon Bay, WI to Oak Park, IL.

RRC Spin Ride at FFC: May 12th. 7:15 am – 8:15 am. Oak Park Fitness Formula Club (Spin room second floor). 1114 Lake Street. Donate $25 to RRC to participate in an hour long spinning class at FFC!

Rummage For The Rainforest: May 12th. 8 am – 3 pm. Huge rummage/garage sale at Ross Sullivan’s house (723 Linden Ave., Oak Park). Hosted by RRC and the St. Luke Parish School Green Club! All funds raised from the garage sale go towards RRC initiatives.

Rager For The Rainforest: May 26th. 3pm. Get ready for a welcoming party for all of our riders on the last day of our bike trip as we ride into Oak Park! Please join us at Sean’s house (1039 N Oak Park Ave., Oak Park) for the festivities. All attendees are asked to bring a small donation of $5 or $10 for RRC.

WBEZ Worldview Radio Show: Listen for us on the WBEZ worldview radio show on May 31st! Time TBD