Articles/Missives

June 23, 2013
Dear friends, Greetings from Tambopata!  It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to share the latest from Camino Verde.  And as always, I’ll be happy to provide an update.  But our Missives are so often about what we’re doing that I know many of you may be wondering who it is that’s actually making it happen.  So after a quick summary of what we’ve got going on, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to our team, the Camino Verde...
February 17, 2013
Camino Verde Missive, February 2013: Saving Rosewood, Part 2 Dear friends of Camino Verde, It's my pleasure to bring you the latest news and stories from the Peruvian Amazon, our adventures in reforestation.  2013 has been a season of celebration and gratitude for Camino Verde, and we're especially appreciative of your interest and support.  Let me explain what all our commotion is about... Saving Rosewood, Part 2 Remember the appeal for support at the end of the last Missive...
February 5, 2013
Camino Verde volunteer and intern Samuel Goodman offers this insightful overview of one of the primary threats facing the Madre de Dios region's wondrous biodiversity: the Interoceanic Highway. The Long and Winding Road: Mitigating the Impact of the Interoceanic Highway in Peru’s Amazonian Interior Introduction In December 2004, Presidents Alejandro Toledo of Peru and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil reached an agreement to construct the 1,600-mile Interoceanic Highway...
February 5, 2013
The latest news: El Comercio is Peru's finest newspaper.  On January 21, 2013, El Comercio ran this article, in recognition of Camino Verde's recently government certified conservation area.
November 2, 2012
Dear friends of Camino Verde, The history of the Amazon could easily be written as a chronological inventory of products discovered—and then over-exploited—in the world´s richest forest. Quinine, rubber, mahogany, animal skins, oil, gold: each chapter would tell of how another amazingly useful wonder of nature was found and, almost without exception, driven to the verge of extinction to the great detriment of the ecosystem as a whole. While bulldozers, chainsaws, and...
July 15, 2012
Dear friends of Camino Verde, Why save the Amazon?  I mean, why should we care? Well, let´s see... Let´s start with the obvious.  One out of every three species of everything on Earth-- plants, animals, you name it-- call the Amazon their home: one in three.  One fifth of the world´s fresh water is found here.  Different sources give different figures for the percentage of the planet´s oxygen produced here, but needless to say, it´s a lot....
March 6, 2012
Dear Friends, Camino Verde is in an exciting period of transformation and growth. Now, usually in these missives I give you a summary of what's new with Camino Verde.  And I will do so, briefly, at the end of this one.  But first I want to tell you a bit about what makes the work we do so meaningful to me. When people ask me what Camino Verde does, I tell them what our mission says: we plant trees.  And encourage others to plant trees too. This usually makes people think of...
December 4, 2011
Dear friends, As 2011 comes to an end and Camino Verde completes its fifth year of reforestation work in Tambopata, Perú, I thought it would be fun to give you a glance at what our operation looks likes five years in.  Though many of you keep up to date on what we are doing at any given moment, sometimes it’s hard to see the forest for the trees.  So I want to give you a sense of what it looks like, and here is a short state of the union for Camino Verde as we round the...
August 24, 2011
Dear friends and supporters, Five years ago, the seed was planted for the creation of Camino Verde, and we are now celebrating the beginning of our sixth year working to protect the rainforest trees of the Amazon.  I am thrilled to share some of our news with you.  (As always, we have a commitment to only send these messages to those who want to receive them, so Please let me know if you`d like to be taken off this list.)  Take a look at what we´ve been up to, and let me...
May 6, 2011
Dear friends and supporters, Camino Verde has hit the ground running in 2011, and I am pleased to share some of our news with you.  (As always, we have a commitment to only send these messages to those who want to receive them, so Please let me know if you`d like to be taken off this list.)  Check out what we´ve been up to, and let me know what you think... CV on GlobalGiving-- As you probably know by now, Camino Verde has secured a permanent place on GlobalGiving, a leading...
May 6, 2011
Dear friends and supporters, 2010 was an amazing year for Camino Verde, and 2011 is looking to be even better.  I am pleased to share some of our news with you.  (As always, I try to only send these messages to those who want to receive them, so Please let me know if you`d like to be taken off this list, or if you are receiving duplicate emails.)  I`m grateful for your interest.  Check out some of what we have going on, and let me know what you think... Protecting more...
October 21, 2010
Dear friends and supporters, Much has happened since I last sent you news of Camino Verde back in February.  After eight months, here is the latest from the Peruvian Amazon... Land purchase coming soon-- Camino Verde was presented with a unique opportunity to more than double the land we care for at our center at Baltimori.  Thanks to your support, we have raised most of the funds needed to secure over 100 more acres, 80% of which is pristine rainforest.  (The remaining 20% will...
February 26, 2010
Dear friends and supporters, February 2010 has been an extraordinary month for Camino Verde, and I am pleased to share some of our news with you.  As I am writing this, some 600 trees are being planted at our center at Baltimori in the Peruvian Amazon.  And just yesterday, we sent off donations totaling over $5,000 to purchase school supplies for the victims of the recent flood disaster in the area of Cusco in the Andean highlands.  Thank you for your support, for these...
October 8, 2009
People, forests and aguaje: Reflections on a landscape and culture of abundance Robin Van Loon ©2009   Every week in the bustling cities of Iquitos, Pucallpa, and Puerto Maldonado in the Peruvian Amazon, thousands of pounds of an exotic looking fruit arrive to town in buckets and sacks to be hefted off of precariously balanced motorcycles, unloaded from heavily-laden wooden canoes or carefully lowered off of sweaty backs.  The fruit has over a dozen names in different regional dialects and no...
August 12, 2009
The backbone of all of Camino Verde’s activities is EER, whose goal is quite clearly to discover and implement ways for conservation and reforestation to become economically viable, productive, and finally desirable alternatives to short-sighted agricultural techniques more commonly employed in the Amazon today.  Because of the ecological importance of trees to the health and sustenance of environmental and human systems and communities, our aim is to draw attention to and help develop the...