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.
The Eco Preservation Society, led by environmentalist Kevin Peterson has launched an intense effort to save the Mono Titi and other indigenous Costa Rican animals through restoration of their native habitat along the corridor between the Naranjo and Savegre Rivers.
We support this project at Vermont Woods Studios and we're encouraging our friends and customers to do the same. You can learn more about the project to Save the Mono Titi at the Eco Preservation Society website. Donate to save the Mono Titi here.