Mar 9, 2021

Planting Trees is on the move....

Planting sites for the new project
Planting sites for the new project

Dear wonderful donors,

We have lots of exciting news for you today, and we’d love to do three things up front. First, to send you a big vote of thanks for supporting this project and enabling us to plant and care for thousands of trees.

And then to give you a sneak peek at our ambitious new plan to plant 55,000 trees in honor of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration!

And finally to invite you to join us in this exciting new program – a community response to the climate crisis through joining existing forest fragments into a big, beautiful forest corridor that will store carbon, protect water, conserve biodiversity and create habitat for wildlife!

So now for the housekeeping. We’ll be closing out this project on April 5th so we can focus all our energies on #22098 Forests4Water: Community Climate Action, and we’ll be reinforcing our invitation for you to join us there. Don’t worry, we’ll remind you in our next letter from the field.

Now for a bit of background about the Serra do Brigadeiro mountains where we live. It’s a wonderful area of rugged terrain and one of the highest priority conservation areas in the whole state. Much of the area above 1000 meters is protected in the Serra do Brigadeiro State Park, and we are located within the buffer zone – a 10 km radius surrounding the park. It’s a treasure house of endemic and endangered species – in fact, species previously unknown to science are still being discovered! While we don’t really want to single out favorites, we must give an honorable mention to the Woolly Spider Monkey, which is the largest primate in the Americas, and on the Red List of threatened species. As it happens, the largest population of the northern woolly spider monkey, (known as muriqui in Brazil,) is found in the forests in the Serra do Brigadeiro!

Check out the Google Earth map so you can see where we’ll be making the forest corridor. Two of the plots are named Iracambi and Iracambi 2. These are on areas that are being purchased for Iracambi specifically to be restored. If you look at the bottom LH corner of the map you’ll see a forest patch with a house in it. This is an area previously donated to the NGO and we’re enclosing a picture of the forest restoration that has already been done there, in less than seven years. The remaining areas marked Kyvia, Ariele, Dudu, and Rubens and Cassia adjoining the Iracambi sites are also scheduled for forest restoration, making a total of 30 hectares. At the top of the google map, you’ll see an area of forest that adjoins the State Park, so you can see what a strategic location this is for a forest corridor. And you'll also see other cleared areas that are ripe for restoration.

So we’re starting the big adventure because there’s no time to waste. Thank you for your amazing support, and please join us as we prepare to plant the next 55000 trees!  

 More news soon, in the meantime, please take care!

With rainforest love from Deivid and everyone at Iracambi.

Another patch of restored forest
Another patch of restored forest
Forest under restoration
Forest under restoration
Healthy seedlings - future forest
Healthy seedlings - future forest
Feb 23, 2021

UN Sustainable Development Goals here we come!

Rainforest education in "normal" times
Rainforest education in "normal" times

Dear wonderful donors,

Greetings from the rainy rainforest where everything is a riot of blossom in the most brilliant colors imaginable – purple, yellow and more shades of green than you can possibly think of!

And a big thank you for all your generous donations – they are the secret sauce that encourages us to jump out of bed and get to work – in the forests, in the classroom, in the schools, on Zoom,  wherever we may be, as we make sure that our education programs are as good as they can be! 

And while we’re on the subject, we want to give a special shoutout to our regular donors who stand with us month after month, year after year, rain or shine. Iracambi visitors, students, directors, global change-makers, and friends old and new – thank you, you are the best!

And now for some exciting news. Our EcoLeaders program has been selected as a finalist for a global award in recognition of good practices in terms of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. How amazing is that? 

Now, in the interests of full disclosure, when we launched our environmental education programs, back in 2000, the SDGs hadn't even been defined. We just knew in our bones that school children and young people in this remote rural area had the same potential as their peers in the most privileged parts of the world. All they needed was access to the sort of educational opportunities that would excite, inspire and equip them to discover their inner scientist! 

Over the years our program has improved and expanded, and after 21 years we have introduced an entire generation of students to their first taste of rainforest science. And they have never forgotten it. 

Some have gone on to study at local universities - something of which their parents could never have dreamed. Some have themselves become teachers. But wherever they find themselves and whatever paths they have chosen to follow, we are honored to have played a part in expanding their horizons and helping them understand and appreciate the wonderful planet in which we live.   

It's been our privilege to play our part in this, and today, as the task is more urgent than ever before, we want to send you a big thank you for being our partners in this life-changing venture. We couldn't have done it without you!

Please look after yourselves and stay safe.  

Warm wishes from the rainny forest from 

Yasmin and the Iracambi team 

Education Brazil
Education Brazil
Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals
Rainforest education in "normal" times
Rainforest education in "normal" times

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Feb 23, 2021

Monitoring, Maintenance and Data Collection!

Forest in flower - a sight for sore eyes
Forest in flower - a sight for sore eyes

Dear wonderful donors,

Greetings from the rainy rainforest where everything is a riot of blossom in the most brilliant colors imaginable – purple, yellow and more shades of green than you can imagine!

And a big thank you for all your generous donations! They are the secret sauce that encourages us to jump out of bed and get to work – in the forest nursery, out on the planting sites, in the office, wherever we may be, as we make sure that the Forests4Water program is as good as we can possibly make it.

And while we’re on the subject, we want to give a special shoutout to our regular donors who stand with us month after month, rain or shine. Iracambi visitors, students, directors, global change makers and friends old and new – thank you, you are the best!

The end of the planting season brings renewed focus on monitoring and maintenance. We told you, didn’t we, that tree planting is a year round activity? So while we’re checking on seedlings that were planted over the past four months, replanting where necessary, we’re also collecting and uploading data to our GIS platform. You can check our maps page to learn more!  Open the page. and click one one of the property icons to see what has been recorded about that particular property.   

It's a work in progress, and we’re determined to perfect our data collection and management, so that we can continually improve our program, and so that you, dear donors, can see the amazing impact that we are making together.

And, in the meantime, our 2021 planning is almost, almost complete. We’re fine tuning the budget, getting ready to hire extra staff, and then we’ll be able to get started on upgrading the nursery. This will involve clearing a new area just across from the existing nursery, building dozens more seedling tables, erecting shade, and expanding our irrigation system.

Plus we’re hard at work making new seedlings to be planted during the next rainy season (November through February.) The work of the nursery team is never done.  And we love it that way.  (Well, most of the time we do!)

Look after yourselves, wherever you are in the world, and thank you for your amazing support.  

And to those of you in colder climes, we send warm rainforest love from

Alfredo and the Iracambi team

Alfredo on the job 1. Hole digging
Alfredo on the job 1. Hole digging
Alfredo on the job: 2. Seedling in the nursery
Alfredo on the job: 2. Seedling in the nursery
Alfredo on the job 3. Another baby tree planted
Alfredo on the job 3. Another baby tree planted

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