Sustaining the Brazil Nut Corridor
The Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon’s mission is to conserve the biodiversity and natural resources of the Peruvian Amazon for the benefit of all those who live in and depend on the rainforest. Based in Madre de Dios, they work by combining research and education with community-based conservation, acting as a resource to their neighbors across the region.
Most of the world's supply of Brazil nuts comes from Madre de Dios, where a belt of designated concessions are stewarded by harvesters known as concessionaires. Brazil nut trees’ life cycle requires intact tropical rainforest, so as long as the harvest is sufficient these concessions will continue to support a wildlife corridor the size of Connecticut. Among their many projects, the ASA works to assist Brazil nut concessionaires in maintaining the productivity of their forests by holding workshops on Brazil nut cultivation and raising seedlings to be planted in forest gaps.
Wild Green Future has funded several grants to support their work. These include support for the initial creation of the Brazil nut program and construction of the vivero in which seedlings are grown, as well as funding for infrastructure improvements at the ASA’s field station, Finca las Piedras. This is the third year of our organizations’ partnership, and we are excited to continue supporting their excellent work.
Read the full details of the program at the ASA's website, linked here!
Rebuilding the Palouse Prairie
Based in north-central Idaho and the Palouse ecoregion, the Palouse Land Trust has been assisting landowners to conserve native habitat through conservation easements since 1995.
The Palouse Prairie is only found in this region, and it is among the most endangered ecosystems in the continental United States with less than 1% of original habitat remaining. With a team of 3, they maintain connectivity and relationships with landowners across a 12 million acre region. The Land Trust has been able to secure over 540 acres of this prairie type and has contributed to the protection of several threatened species such as the Spalding’s catchfly (Silene spaldingii) and giant Palouse earthworm (Driloleirus americanus). Their detailed conservation plan lists goals for the Land Trust and describes how they will utilize data to create stability and sustainability in a patchwork ecosystem.
We provided funding for Palouse Land Trust to hire a paid Americorps intern. This gives a great opportunity to an early-career conservationist and a vital addition to the Palouse team.
Learn more about the Palouse Land Trust on their website, linked here!
Conserving Reptile Habitat
Ashton Biological Preserve is a land and tortoise conservation organization in central Florida. They manage and protect over 100 acres of valuable upland habitat on the preserve itself, and are active in the conservation and management of over 1000 acres in the broader region.
The lands they work on support a number of rare and endangered herpetofauna species, including a healthy population of gopher tortoises, a keystone species in the southeastern US. They also have an active education component to their work, teaching thousands of children in classrooms about the wildlife of their region every year.
Wild Green Future has funded the installation of solar panels on the preserve, which provide them with cheaper, more consistent power than would otherwise be available at their remote field station.
Read more about Ashton Biological Preserve's work at their website, linked here!
Cleaning Florida's Freshwater Ecosystems
Founded in 1993, Current Problems started as a small river cleanup group and has evolved into a nonprofit which conducts restoration and community outreach as well as large cleanups across a quarter of the state of Florida.
Their outreach efforts communicate to locals how to be stewards of their land, and they seek to make themselves obsolete by reducing plastic pollution at its source. Every cleanup is zero-waste: bags are compostable, supplies are reused, and no plastic waste is generated from the cleanup effort. Current Problems has between 7 and 13 cleanups every month, and they have removed over 1,000,000 pounds of waste in their 30 years of work.
Wild Green Future has provided Current Problems with funding for cleanup supplies, a paid environmental education intern, and a boat to allow them to expand their operations to larger detritus and more remote locations.
Learn more about Current Problems on their website, linked here!