White Oak Conservation Center Inc

White Oak Conservation Center, Inc helps conserve some of the earth's rarest wild animals through innovative training, research, education, community outreach and field programs that contribute to the survival of wildlife in nature.
Jul 12, 2013

Agroforestry Team Begins Distributing Trees

Agroforestry Field with Nitrogen Fixing Trees
Agroforestry Field with Nitrogen Fixing Trees

As security improves in the Epulu area, replanting of the demonstration garden is underway.  This important educational tool illustrates very clearly to area farmers how a planned agroforestry system of planting can reap better harvests and over a longer period of time, than the traditional slash and burn approach to farming. 
Along with continuing a regular distribution of seeds, bean and peanuts for summer planting, OCP agronomists are distributing native fruit trees and nitrogen-fixing trees to farmers.

Needed shade trees are being provided to school communities where the students are involved in planting and maintaining.  The agronomists take these opportunities with the students to share with them conservation information about the forest community in which they live.

Your support of this important conservation work is deeply appreciated, as even a small amount goes a long way for these communities.  Helping people, in this simple way, translates directly towards helping wildlife.  Share this information with your friends on Facebook and we thank you sincerely for your help.

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Mar 11, 2013

Agro-Forestry Team Continue Their Support Around the Okapi Wildlife Reserve

Distribution of School Supplies to Schools
Distribution of School Supplies to Schools

Education and community support has never been more important for the protection of the forest resources in the DR Congo. During the past few months the Okapi Conservation Project staff has distributed educational material and school supplies to nearly all of the 106 schools around the Reserve, which serve over 27,000 students, with the remaining schools scheduled to receive their supplies over the next couple of weeks. Additionally, a campaign to distribute posters illustrating the various protected animals of the region will begin next month, and target government offices, schools and clinics around the Reserve.

  
Vegetable and peanut seeds, along with tools, continue to be distributed to members of the farmers’ cooperatives in Mombassa and Nduye by our Agro-forestry Team. This has been a very successful program of education to the communities in and around the Reserve and has made a great impact on the previously wide-spread practice of slash and burn for farming.


During this period of limited security, our staff continues to implement these community assistance projects with the support of concerned individuals and institutions from around the world.

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Mar 11, 2013

Rangers Face Dangerous and Difficult Circumstances in DR Congo

ICCN Guards that Patrol the Okapi Wildlife Reserve
ICCN Guards that Patrol the Okapi Wildlife Reserve

The wildlife of the Okapi Wildlife Reserve is under unprecedented pressures in recent months from not only illegal gold mining and elephant poaching, but as well from both rebel and army personnel seeking to gather ever greater amounts of bush meat for consumption and sale.  As Mai Mai fighters have terrorized local communities, rangers stationed in this area of the DR Congo face a difficult and dangerous task of wildlife protection.


Presently rangers are restricted to patrolling away from areas where there has been recent conflict, but as circumstances allow, they will cast a wider net of protection, as before, throughout the Reserve.  With the continued care and involvement of individuals and institutions from around the world, these rangers will be able to carry on in their important conservation work. 

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