Accomplishments

Conservation
  • Establishment of the 1300-acre (530 ha.) Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR) through a total of 12 land purchases
  • Entirely eliminated logging and forest-clearing activities within the boundaries of JCR
  • Co-built the 20-km “Three Forest Trail,” which connects JCR to the Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve
Restoration (i.e. Sustainable Resource Management)
  • Planted over 20,000 trees
  • Developed and currently maintain an experimental fruit tree orchard with over 50 species of food trees, a vegetable garden, and tree nursery
Reforestation: Native Trees
Community Outreach
  • Brought waste-removal service to the community of Camarones
  • Assisted in the building of a Community Learning Center
  • Provided a supplemental education program to over 60 children in the community, with an emphasis on environmental education – 2010-2012
  • Managed a community youth group program in developing their own small-scale organic farm – 2012
  • Community workshops hosted:
    • Native bamboo cultivation – 2009
    • Community Eco-tourism (4) in cooperation with the Programa Integrado de Liderazgo y Acción Social (PILAS)  – 2009
    • Organic agroforestry methods and techniques (2) – 2010
    • Training for trail guides (8) – 2011
    • “Hunters Summits” addressing animal hunting in the Camarones Basin (3), attended by the national Ministry of Environment and the local police – 2010, 2011, 2012
    • Sustainable Agriculture and Income Development events (6) – 2011
    • Eco-tourism and trail guide certification – 2013
Research
  • Hosted a team of herpetologists who discovered forty species of frog and one species of salamander—all new to science—in JCR
  • Identified 255 bird species that are present within JCR, three of which are endangered, six of which are vulnerable, and five of which are near threatened. Our research prompted BirdLife International to redraw the boundaries of the Important Bird Area (IBA) in which JCR resides. Out of the 107 IBA’s in Ecuador, only two have more globally threatened species of birds than JCR’s IBA. The average size of the other two IBA’s is 518,447 acres (209,808 ha.), roughly 48 times the size of JCR’s IBA.
  • 24 species of mammals have been registered in JCR using motion-sensored camera traps
  • The discovery of two species of frogs previously unknown to reside in the area; one is endangered, and the other considered to be data deficient, according to the IUCN Red List.
  • Established a conservation, research, and sustainable land management internship program which has received over 90 interns (for two-month sessions) from 12 different countries in the last five years
    • 17 in 2010
    • 21 in 2011
    • 31 in 2012
    • 20 in 2013
    • 37 in 2014
Other
  • Constructed and continue to maintain a research station and lodging quarters for up to 27 people
  • The drinking water at the reserve is tapped from nearby stream and treated by a slow sand filtration system designed and engineered on site, rendering it entirely potable. Our water tests show it is cleaner than local bottled water.
  • The human waste at the reserve is processed on site and safely converted to orchard fertilizer
  • Manage a staff of ten people, including five local residents
  • Produce and utilize over 50 agricultural goods on-site, including but not limited to: aloe, bamboo, banana, basil, cacao (chocolate), coconut, coffee, corn, ginger, leafy greens, lemon grass, lima beans, lime, luffa, mango, manioc, mate gourd (for mugs and bowels), mint, oranges, oregano, palm thatch (roofing material), papaya, passion fruit, peanuts, peppers, plantain, radish, rosemary, tomato, thyme, and vinegar.
Agro-forestation: Food Perennials
Ongoing Projects
  • Camera trap survey of wild felines
  • Monitor howler and capuchin monkey troops in the reserve
  • Reptile and amphibian research in land affected by agriculture and other human activities
  • Maintain and monitor five reforestation and agroforestation sites
  • Implementing a mixed hardwood plantation on 86 acres (35 ha.) of previously-deforested land
  • Informing the national team of botanists from the Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment on the vegetative class known as premontane cloud forest as part of the national vegetation survey. This vegetative community is restricted to the peaks of the Pacific Equatorial mountains over a range of 150 km, with JCR representing one of the last surviving tracts.
Mammals Caught on Camera