conservation

Saving 3.3 million acres in the "heart of the Amazon"

Image credit: Neil Palmer/  CIAT

Image credit: Neil Palmer/CIAT

"For over a decade, Chicago’s Field Museum has been working with the Peruvian government on the creation of a national park 22 times larger than the Windy City itself. Finally, their efforts have paid off: a large portion of the Sierra del Divisor mountain range has just been granted national park status, making the central 3.3 million acres of Amazonian rainforest untouchable to those looking to profit off its resources."

Read more at Peru establishes 3.3 million acre national park in the heart of the Amazon

Crops for ethanol destroying millions of acres of habitat

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"Since the government began requiring oil companies to add billions of gallons of ethanol to their gasoline each year, the states of Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska have lost 2.8 million acres from the conservation reserve program, as farmers planted nearly 10 million more acres of corn, the main feedstock used to produce ethanol. About 5 million other acres are now included in other conservation programs, but nearly all that land is being actively farmed."

Ethanol's Rise Can Mean Loss Of Hunting Lands

Plant a Billion trees in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest

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Described by the Nature Conservancy as “one of the world's most magnificent and endangered forests,” the Atlantic Forest in Brazil is in peril.

“Centuries ago, the Atlantic Forest covered nearly 330 million acres, an area roughly the size of the eastern seaboard of the United States. Today only 7 percent remains, much of which is in isolated fragments. Home to 130 million people, the Atlantic Forest has taken heavy hits from urban expansion, coastal and industrial development, agriculture, ranching and illegal logging. Despite the forest’s diminished state, 70 percent of Brazil’s population relies on it for its drinking water.”

Learn more about the Nature Conservancy’s Plant a Billion trees project to save this threatened global resource.