We have a lot of work to do...
If you are ready to jump in and find out how you can help, scroll on towards the bottom. First, we would like to share a little about our most recent trip into the forest and what is new for our conservation project.
Recent Discoveries and Successes
Our CFCI team has returned from the primordial paradise of Cerro el Amay with some incredible new discoveries, successful purchases of multiple large parcels of untouched cloud forest (460 acres), and a new and incredible relationship with the local K’iche’ Maya who live at the edge of forest.
One of the most enticing and incredible discoveries our group made is an entire watershed that feeds the enigmatic and unexplored river that we have yet to reach. In this remote watershed, we discovered a waterfall gushing from a cave opening in the middle of a limestone cliff face. The water cascades down a steep canyon replete with waterfalls and deep pools of blue hued, calcium rich water.
Successful Purchases of Cloud Forest Land
While in Guatemala, we were able to apply all of the to-date funds raised on our YouCaring Campaign and successfully purchase four (4) critical tracts of untouched cloud forest. Three of these parcels were under the greatest threat of being logged. We also discovered new cutting in places we had not foreseen, which increases the urgency that we protect the remaining parcels that are under threat. We have made great leaps, but our adventure to save this precious place has just begun.
Connection to the People
Due to community support and private donations, the CFCI team was able to provide a scholarship for indigenous K’iche’ woman, Amparo. Amparo is an indigenous K’iche’ Mayan woman who not only speaks K’iche’, the language of the native people we have been working with, but she also speaks fluent English and Spanish, and has studied at American and British universities.
We have been working with these people for years and have had a great relationship along the way. With the help of Amparo, we were able to connect with our indigenous allies in ways we never had been able to before. New levels of understanding flowed like pristine water between us, and by the end, we all left in tears. Our local friends finally understood the real importance of our mission and the crucial role this forest plays for all of us. Our indigenous guide, Don Pedro Us, was struck by the fact that this forest is one of the ‘lungs of the Earth’. It had never occurred to him as such, and with this understanding came a greater resolution to our cause. The importance of this connection cannot be overstated. Amparo will continue to be a major bridge in our conservation efforts.
The Next Step (how we can make the magic happen!)
There are a number of concrete ways anyone can help our Cloud Forest Conservation Initiative.1. Get the Word Out
- Spread this message with its attachments to the world!
- Go to this Folder and open ‘CFCI Campaign Instructions’ for specific ways to help!
- Create a list of friends, family and colleagues who might be able to help and let them know what is going on.
- Contact local press, bloggers, activists, community organizers and anyone who could help move this project forward.
2. Donate to our Campaign (501c3 tax deductible!)
- Follow this Link to our YouCaring Campaign
- Donate any amount that you can. Roughly $150 saves an acre, $15,000-17,000 saves an entire 111 acre parcel forever. Donations are tax deductible.
3. Organize a Fundraising Event
- Many people have organized fundraising events including concerts, auctions, work parties and more to support CFCI. Organize a local event and spread the word!
Together We can save this Cloud Forest, amongst the most important on Earth
Time is of the essence, as the pressures to clear cut this ancient place grow each and every day. We need to act swiftly to save this entire forest. If you would like more information please feel free to contact us directly.
We will save this forest together. This is how we change the world, one step at a time. Here we go.
The Cloud Forest Conservation Team