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Strategic Protection of the Atlantic Rainforest in Brazil

Environment  (tags: trees, protection, conservation, forests )

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The lush rainforest carpeting Serra Bonita mountain range in eastern Brazil represents the last significant example of a unique habitat that supports rare and endemic flora and fauna. The area is at the heart of an urgent conservation initiative.

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Chris Otahal (507)
Friday August 31, 2012, 10:55 am
Other oportunities to help out forests at these sites - just click your mouse!

Kimberly McMahen (25)
Friday August 31, 2012, 11:09 am
“Life is as dear to the mute creature as it is to a man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not to die, so do other creatures.”
~ His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Vikram Chhabra (394)
Friday August 31, 2012, 11:55 am
Thanks for posting!!

Michela M (3964)
Friday August 31, 2012, 1:00 pm

Thanks!!! Posted in:  ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in:  Free Clicks to Save Rainforest & Wildlife Habitat
Please Join and Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java and Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, CloudedLeopards, SunBears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!! Against: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Pet Trade, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Global Warming!!  Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, and Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead Thanks!! Michela

Barb K (1688)
Friday August 31, 2012, 6:17 pm
Will check out the web sites you mentioned and fwd my comment. Thnx Chris!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday August 31, 2012, 9:01 pm
Shared to facebook and twitters, I donated to fellow activists who are facing jail time recently and prices are going up while wages are not. I'm broke right now:( Wish I'd hit the lottery

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday August 31, 2012, 10:03 pm
I would love to visit this place!

Noted, Thank you Chris.

Ruth R (246)
Friday August 31, 2012, 10:07 pm
Noted, where are the petitions for this rainforest.

Chris Otahal (507)
Friday August 31, 2012, 10:30 pm
Hi Ruth - There is no petition for this particular forest ... The current owner is already set to sell the property to a conservation buyer, the buyer just needs the funds to complete the transaction and the forest will be protected ... Thanks, Chris

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 1:46 am
Thanks for the post!!!

Chris Otahal (507)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 7:05 am
Here is a little background on the preserve got started:

National Geographic Honors Atlantic Forest Conservation in Brazil

The 2010 Latin American National Geographic Buffett Award was given to Vitor Osmar Becker and his wife Clemira Ordonez Souza, of the Instituto Uiracu in Brazil. The couple created the Serra Bonita Reserve Complex, using their savings and retirement benefits to purchase nearly 5,000 acres of threatened Atlantic Forest in Bahia, Brazil.

Becker and Souza then created the non–profit, non–government Instituto Uiracu which continues to expand the reserve and coordinate efforts to study and restore this threatened ecosystem. The name, Istituto Uiracu, is taken from the local word for the harpy eagle (Harpia Harpyja). This once common bird is now functionally extinct within the Brazilian Atlantic forest. Becker and Souza hope that the restoration and protection of the Serra Bonita mountain range might result in the return of the harpy eagle and other native wildlife.

The Importance of the Serra Bonita Mountain Range in Brazil

The Serra Bonita mountain range, part of the Atlantic Forest, is known for its tremendous biodiversity. Preliminary surveys have found 458 species of tree, more than 680 species of plants, 400 species of birds, 5,000 species of butterflies and moths and 75 species of wild bees. Many of the plants and animals in this area are new to science.

Four primate species are found in Serra Bonita, including the endangered golden-headed lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) and the critically endangered yellow-breasted capuchin (Cebus xanthosternos). Two other primates, the brown howler monkey (Alouatta guariba) and the critically endangered northern muriqui (Brachyteles hypoxanthus), have become locally extinct. Instituto Uiracu hopes to reintroduce both back into the area when enough land is protected to ensure their survival.

Conservation Award Winners' Habitat Protection and Research Projects

Becker and Souza have gone well beyond just buying land to be managed as a conservation trust, or Private Natural Heritage Reserve, as it is known under Brazilian law. In the longer term they are working to bring the more than 18,000 acres that make up the entire Serra Bonita mountain range into the Serra Bonita Reserve Complex. They have developed environmental education programs focused on improving community-based natural resource conservation in the area and developing sustainable food production and income producing projects for the people of the area.

Instituto Uiracu also supports a team of park rangers, hired from the local community, who protect the conservation land from illegal logging, poaching and forest fires. Restoration of some of the former plantations they have acquired is another important aspect of their natural resource management work.

The organization is spearheading research into the plants and animals of the Serra Bonita mountain range, many of which are endemic and little studied. To enhance this work, a research station and lodge have been built so that visiting scientists can stay and work within the Serra Bonita Reserve.

Helping the National Geographic Buffett Award Winners Continue Their Work

The most obvious need for the Instituto Uiracu is funding to allow them to purchase more land. Through their Adopt an Acre of the Serra Bonita Reserve program, Becker and Souza use the interest on money donated to purchase land. The capital remains as an ongoing investment, ensuring the future of Instituto Uiracu. Other donations are used to provide salaries, equipment and uniforms for the park rangers. The Instituto also encourages interested parties to contact them regarding volunteering on their projects.

National Geographic Buffett Awards are given annually for Leadership in Latin American and African Conservation. The Howard G. Buffett Foundation provides funding for the 25,000USD prizes, which are given in recognition of work that improves natural resource management, enable winners to continue and potentially expand their work.


Maria S (95)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 8:33 am
Noted. Thanks Chris.

Mary Riley (999)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 8:52 am
What a fabulous opportunity to really help. Thank you Chris!

Barbara Erdman (63)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:30 am
Noted and thanx Chris for the post and Links :-) Thanx Michela for the original post and links :-)

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:36 am

Terry V (30)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:39 am
Noted, thanks

Chelsie H (19)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 9:53 am
Noted; thanks.

DrDonna Z (17)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 10:19 am

. (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 10:37 am
Noted and twittered

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 11:09 am
noted, thank you

Chris Otahal (507)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 12:16 pm
Thanks everyone who helped get this on the Front Page :)

Mitchell D (87)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 12:35 pm
I hope they make it.

Ruth McD (843)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 12:54 pm
Noted. I hope the protection last and keeps hold. Thanks for the article Chris. Checking petitions out too

Marie Russell-Barker (13)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 1:32 pm
And he gave Adam, Dominion over every animal and creepy things that crawl up on the earth. This was written to those who claim to be Christians, we as human are suppose to protect those that God left us over yet man have destroyed every corner of the earth pushing and destroying his creations that are suppose to be depended up on us for survivor, The Rain Forest have such creatures yet man are destroying it for the sake of Money every tree every creators that was put on earth falls on men for protection, we have removed so much of our trees and vegetation which is why we are having so many floods causing deaths and diseases. Used our resources which protect us as well as the animals fishes and every thing up on this earth to become extensible, man has caused a great deal of harm to earth man will destroy this beautiful planet if nothing is not done immediately.

Patricia Cannell (825)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 1:40 pm
Noted. Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 3:36 pm
Oh Chris I feel badly,, I don't even have a credit card to do it that way.
Shared to facebook and twitters again

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 5:58 pm

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday September 1, 2012, 10:10 pm

Alet Coetzee (59)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 9:49 am
Noted, thanks

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday September 2, 2012, 1:51 pm
Noted with thanks Chris. If I was in a position to, I would buy up as much land as possible to keep it safe.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 3, 2012, 11:51 am

Dee C (229)
Monday September 3, 2012, 12:33 pm
Thanks Chris..Noted indeed..

SĂĽheyla C (234)
Monday September 3, 2012, 9:50 pm
thanks Chris

Kit B (276)
Monday September 3, 2012, 9:56 pm

Use pay pal if your credit card will not function. Thanks Chris for bring all of this wonderful information to our attention. We all can contribute something. For those who lacks funds - help out in different ways. Get your community to plant trees and clean up your water supply, get the children involved, allow them the joy of watching a tree grow after they helped to plant that tree.

Phyllis P (237)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 7:02 pm
Noted with full support!!!

Mandi T (367)
Thursday September 13, 2012, 10:08 am
Noted happily. Important issues. Tks Chris

Dominic Delarmente (33)
Friday September 21, 2012, 8:52 pm
Thanks for the post!!!

Tj H (14)
Saturday September 22, 2012, 12:49 pm
another great share / post, thx Chris

Nancy C (806)
Monday September 24, 2012, 9:03 am
thanx important

Carol H (229)
Sunday June 30, 2013, 6:43 pm
thank you Chris, noted

Emma S (239)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:00 am
Thank you, Chris - have clicked on everything, and will add the new ones to my daily clicks.

Frances Darcy (133)
Monday July 1, 2013, 3:49 am
Clicked all

Christeen A (371)
Monday July 1, 2013, 4:53 am
Thanks for sharing. Our rain forests need all the protection they can get.

Ruth M (235)
Monday July 1, 2013, 2:06 pm

deb s (145)
Monday July 1, 2013, 5:15 pm
the rain forests are very important to all of us they provide the very air we breathe not to mention a part of the balance of nature it is our duty to restore and keep this Mother Earth vibrant with life to sustain our own existence

James Merit (144)
Monday July 1, 2013, 9:37 pm
Thank you.

. (0)
Tuesday July 2, 2013, 3:55 pm
TY Chris for all of the info and websites.

Yvonne F (181)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 9:49 am
Fingers crossed that this area will be protected from the human race!!! Thanks Chris for this great post!!!

Melania P (122)
Tuesday May 13, 2014, 2:08 pm
Good post :)
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