Sadly, Catedral (a beautiful tree in some of our primary forest) collapsed recently, in late March. What does this mean for the forest? When such a huge biomass collapses, it creates a large gap in the forest, and the light penetrates to the ground. Light is energy, and energy leads to change. The ground dries out,
We still have spots available for the 2014 Spring Permaculture Design Course! Running April 6-17, the course is taught by Javier Carrera, from Ecuador’s leading grassroots organic agricultural organization Red de Guardianes de Semillas. Javier has been at the forefront of the permaculture and organic agriculture movement in Ecuador with over a decade of teaching experience
This year we are planting 7,300 native timber trees into pasture land as part of an ongoing demonstration, proving that landowners CAN earn a comfortable living AND support biodiversity at the same time. Cattle ranching, aside from being a major agent of deforestation, does not support much beyond cattle and grass; native timber plantations provide
Good news! Our 2014 Spring internship session will include a Permaculture Design Certification (PDC), with the one and only Javier Carrera! Javier received his PDC in 1998, and founded the Red de Guardianes de Semillas in 2003, where he is now a Project and Educational Event Coordinator. He is also the creator and editor of
Discovery alert! While on the Aguas Frias trail, TMA staff members Hannah and Marquez and intern Cassandra came across an injured Brown Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys annulate), considered Endangered in Ecuador. This little guy was found at approximately 500 meters in altitude, and got a free stay at the Bamboo House during his two-day nursing period.
Late Summer Intern Julie Steinke spotted an ocelot while out doing fieldwork recently! Her account of the sighting: "September 19, 2013, 3:30 pm: I was walking as silently as possible one afternoon through one of my transects that runs through a creek in a pasture near the reserve, looking for reptiles and amphibians, when I rounded
Intern Profile: Bianca Fierro, 26, El Paso, TX Bianca received her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Economics from UT El Paso, and her Master's in Economics from Università di Bologna in Italy. She joins us at the Jama-Coaque Reserve as an ethnobotany surveyor, interviewing Camarones community members and collecting information on the traditional and
Let there be light! TMA is running an online campaign through GoFundMe to bring solar power to the Jama-Coaque Reserve. As we move toward our goal of being completely self-sustainable in the next ten years at the Reserve, we have been given the chance to purchase solar power at a discounted price from Nokero, a solar