The Nature Conservancy via Crowdrise
September 29, 2010
BENEFITING: The Nature Conservancy
One dollar plants one tree. You can help protect one of the world's most beautiful and diverse rainforest habitats when you join the Plant A Billion Trees Campaign today.
Animal and plant life of every imaginable kind live under the lush, green canopy of Brazil's Atlantic Forest. High in the treetops, golden lion tamarins forage for food while woolly spider monkeys gather fruit and nuts. Blue-winged macaws, red-tailed parrots and countless other birds call out while elusive jaguars prowl the forest floor.
This Brazilian rainforest is home to 23 species of primates and 1,180 species of mammals, amphibians, reptiles and fish. Harboring 1,000 species of birds, almost 200 of which are not found anywhere else on Earth, it is considered the most important place for bird conservation in the Western Hemisphere by the American Bird Conservancy. For millions of local people, the rainforest is critical for their livelihoods and provides clean water and hydro energy. For the rest of us, the Atlantic Forest helps regulate the atmosphere and stabilize global climate.
The Nature Conservancy and a team of local, international, public and private partners have launched an ambitious campaign to plant a billion trees by 2015. To accomplish this, we will:
- Reforest degraded lands by planting one billion native trees
- Create forest corridors to protect, connect and buffer forested areas
- Establish and strengthen private and public protected areas
- Promote legal incentives and conservation easements to secure protection of privately owned lands
- Provide technical assistance for private landowners reforesting their lands
- Restore or preserve 30 million acres of rainforest by 2015
Charitable gifts to The Nature Conservancy should be directed to the Conservancy’s official online donation website, http://www.nature.org/donate. For questions about payments made through Crowdrise, visit, http://www.crowdrise.com/about/terms.
Photos: saplings, Parana, Brazil, butterflies, cormorants © Scott Warren; tree frog © Carlos Renato Fernandes