Wild Green Future works by partnering with other organizations and individuals to conserve natural resources. These are our current projects and the partners we are working with.
Sustaining the brazil nut corridor
Most of the world's supply of Brazil nuts comes from the Madre de Dios department of Peru. Brazil nut trees are dependent on intact rainforest to survive, so the health of these trees protects the forest as a whole by providing a sustainable livelihood for the people who live there.
We have funded two grants to our partner in the region, the Alliance for a Sustainable Amazon, to help in their work ensuring the sustainability of the Brazil nut harvest and by extension the survival of this essential piece of the Peruvian Amazon.
Solar Panels for Ashton Biological Preserve
Ashton Biological Preserve is a land and tortoise conservation organization in central Florida. They manage and protect over 100 acres of valuable upland habitat which supports 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 a successful captive breeding program for the critically endangered radiated tortoise.
A large portion of their annual budget goes to power bills, and this expense could be dramatically reduced if they had the cash on hand to install solar panels at their facility. We are providing Ashton with a low-interest loan to cover the cost of installing these panels. They will pay Wild Green Future back at the same rate they were paying the power company before, except that now, when they’ve paid back the cost of the panels, they’ll have free electricity for the next few decades.
Many organizations are limited in what they can do by a lack of capital, and it doesn't take much in the grand scheme of things to tremendously boost their potential. Microloans like these, where repayments are flexible and the only interest is the cost of inflation, fix this problem. As Ashton's payments come in, Wild Green Future can loan that money out to other organizations, and thus multiply the impact of a given amount of money many times over.
Mapping Borneo's Rural Roads
Roads systems are rapidly expanding into rainforest regions across Borneo, opening new areas of the island to logging and agriculture, such as palm oil plantations. The success of conservation efforts in the region rely heavily on knowing where these roads are, and accurately predicting where they will be built next.
The Global Roadmaps Program at James Cook University is attempting to create accurate maps of the region using satellite imagery, and they need your help. Volunteers can trace the new road sections on Google Earth, building a database which will help to better conserve Borneo's vital ecosystems.
In addition to providing a literal roadmap for conservation planning, Global Roadmaps will donate a dollar to Bornean conservation organizations for every block of land mapped.
Learn more about Global Roadmaps at their website, here!
Palouse Land Trust
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 12 million acres of land. 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 sustain a paid Americorps internship. This gives a great opportunity to an early-career conservationist and a vital addition to the Palouse team.
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 933,000 pounds of waste in their 28 years of work.
We are providing 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.