If a Tree Falls...
Forests are a key part of life on earth. Oxygen, habitat, carbon sequestration, medicinal plants, home to native people, places of wildness and wonder—they do it all. Yet they’re disappearing fast, thanks to farming, ranching, oil drilling, palm and cocoa plantations, urbanization—and now climate change. Read all about it on our Future of Forests page.
Through its If a Tree Falls… program, NCP is helping restore and preserve forests in Myanmar, South Sudan and the Ecuadorian Amazon. Learn all about it in Graciela Goes to the Rainforest on the NCP Facebook page.
In the Ecuadorian Amazon, NCP works with its partner SELVA to locate threatened land that is notable for its biodiversity and may have other values as well, such as importance to native communities. NCP has previously purchased 137 acres of forest adjacent to the Cuyabeno Ecological Reserve, and is now raising funds to acquire another 125 acres in Yasuni region of Ecuador’s rainforest. The Yasuni is one of the most biodiverse areas of the world, yet also sits atop nearly a billion barrels of petroleum reserves. NCP and other groups are doing what they can to protect this ecological treasure.
Help Save the Rainforest!
Every $1 saves 150 square feet
Preserve an entire acre for $300 or one-tenth acre for $30 (gift certificates available)
Save the rainforest now or send your donation by mail. Get your class or Vacation Bible School to raise funds, and use Graciela Goes to the Rainforest to promote it! Everyone who helps purchase rainforest receives a certificate! And if you donate $40 or more, you can request a free NCP Save the Rainforest t-shirt—just let us know what size to send.
NCP partners with trekking guide Saw Jimmy Zan to reforest badly deforested hill areas of Central Burma. Forests there are under pressure from population increase as well as firewood gathering by villagers.
Jimmy raises seedlings and then works with communities to plant the trees, which can be used for fruit production, soil enrichment, firewood (the pin sein tree grows fast, is good for firewood, and cut branches grow back the next season!), and even as food for birds (“the birds need to eat too,” he says).
Help Jimmy reforest!
Every $10 plants 100 trees
NCP Learning Tours visit all these places—join us!
Paskwale Ben of New Community Forestry in Nimule, South Sudan, has a passion for reforesting his part of this war-torn country. An NCP partner since 2007, every year he plants thousands of trees. The trees provide shade, help retain soil, some have medicinal leaves, and others can be used for income from the lumber or fruit they provide. According to Paskwale, they even create “rainforest,” since planting trees reinvigorates rainfall patterns, creating rain where before there had been drought.
Reforest South Sudan!
100 percent of donations to If a Tree Falls… and NCP’s other Special Projects go to the programs themselves—really!