The Eco Preservation Society, led by environmentalist Kevin Peterson has launched an intense effort to save the Mono Titi pictured here, and other indigenous Costa Rican animals through restoration of their native habitat along the corridor between the Naranjo and Savegre Rivers.
As wood furniture makers, we at Vermont Woods Studios are keenly interested in forest conservation. Did you know that 80% of the planet's native forests are already gone? In addition to supporting local and regional forest conservation programs, we are working to combat destruction of the world's tropical rainforests. We see this as a matter of utmost urgency, as the rainforests play such a critical role in the overall health of our planet.
We wanted to get involved with rainforest conservation and decided to work with a few highly effective non-profits in Costa Rica, one of the rainforest countries closest to Vermont. In Costa Rica the last 50 years has brought about a transformation of the Pacific coast from a lush wild jungle to an alien landscape of non native crops like bananas, rice and African oil palms. Cattle pastures and modern resorts occupy much of the remaining landscape. In the midst of all this deforestation, the tiny Mono Titi monkey who previously ranged freely from Panama through Costa Rica has now become trapped on two tiny habitat areas of inhospitable landscape with no biological corridor to connect them to their native habitat, and no hope for survival without substantial intervention. It is believed only 1700 of the monkeys remain.
We are losing our rainforest at the average rate of: 75 acres every minute; 108,000 acres each day; over 39 million acres per year. It is being clear cut for non-natural uses such as timber, soy production and pasture
This land is only productive for a few years (with the help of massive amounts of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers) and then is lost forever
In only ten minutes a logger with a chain saw can cut down a thirty-three foot wide tree that took over a thousand years to grow. This is happening around the clock
40% of our pharmaceuticals come from the rainforest. However, only 1% of rainforest plants have been assessed for their medical value.
Many of the earth's most precious, biologically diverse gems are rainforest tracts. In a four square miles of Brazilian rainforest 750 different species of trees were found, 125 species of animals, 400 species of birds and 100 species of reptiles. An estimated 10 to 100 million forms of life exist in the rainforest. Only 1.4 million species of plants and animals have been identified yet.
At the present, over a hundred species disappear each day around the world. We are driving species into extinction before we have even identified them.
The global timber trade is now controlled by organized crime. Major buyers of illegal timber include IKEA, Home Depot and Lowe's.