Mother, farmer, agent of change

Oromo's sons helping with the harvest

Hi all, I’d like to introduce you to someone. Her name is Oromo Jenet. She is a mother of seven, and she makes her modest living as a farmer and traditional healer, growing crops for subsistence and providing health care and healing to her community. She is at once both gentle and fierce: gentle, with a smile that immediately washes away any preoccupations running through your mind, and fierce, with…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Why Place Matters

Varun Giving a Tropical Ecology Talk in the Forest

This is the 4th post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. Read the previous posts: 1. Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network 2. Future Leaders Summit 4: Hopes and Dreams 3. Future Leaders Summit 4: Wilder than Ever! Inspiring environmental action by connecting innovators with nature We believe that knowing a place is a powerful means of connecting individuals and communities to each other. Place-based learning is transformative,…

Greening Africa: The Practice and Purpose of Sowing Native Seeds

Lincoln Ocaya, the Forestry Program Manager for Wild Forests and Fauna’s Native Seeds Project, at one of our native species nurseries in Gulu District, Uganda

We often think of landscapes as stagnant and unchanging. Covering vast terrain and spanning many countries, the Sahara Desert seems immutable and eternal, yet its boundaries shift like extremely slow-moving tides. This process of fluctuation is natural but has been profoundly influenced by humankind. In the face of growing public awareness of climate change, there have been recent efforts to re-green Sub-Saharan Africa and to halt the long-term trend of…

Are YOU the Next WildFF Board Member?

WildFF’s Future Leaders Program in Madre de Dios, Peru

Wild Forests and Fauna (WildFF) is an international nonprofit based in Seattle, Washington committed to protecting and restoring globally important forests. Our vital work is growing beyond the executive board’s capacity and thus we are seeking professionals of all interests and backgrounds to join the fun and advance the cause. We are specifically seeking professionals with experience in project management, nonprofit development, and communications. We desire applicants who are committed…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Wilder than Ever!

Community along the Las Piedras River

This is the 3rd post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. Read the previous posts: 1. Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network 2. Future Leaders Summit 4: Hopes and Dreams Our 4th Future Leaders Summit was a great success, better and wilder than ever before! This was the first year that the Future Leaders Program was able to directly collaborate with ARCAmazon & LPAC, situated in the heart…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Hopes and Dreams

It’s not all trees! Puerto Maldonado residents need more green spaces. Credit: LovePeru.co

This is the 2nd post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. Read the previous posts: 1. Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network Our new participants “A better quality of life, one that values identity, culture and biodiversity” – one Future Leader’s dream for the future We’re excited to report that the 2017 Future Leaders program received a record number of applications! Our Summit 4 participants are an incredibly…

Greening Africa, Galvanizing Resiliency

Ocaya with Shea Seedlings in the Nursery

We often think of landscapes as stagnant and unchanging. Covering vast terrain and spanning many countries, the Sahara Desert seems immutable and eternal, yet its boundaries do shift like extremely slow-moving tides. This process of fluctuation is natural but of course has been profoundly influenced by humankind. In the face of growing public awareness of climate change, more recently there have been efforts to re-green Sub-Saharan Africa – and to…

November News from WildFF

  Together we protect and restore wild forests   October/November 2016 The power of people working together in place-based conservation is an unstoppable force. WildFF builds capacity by working directly with local communities to protect and restore forests for generations to come. Check out our recent videos from the field below! Project Updates Future Leaders: Growing For its 4th Year Preparations are underway for our fourth year of programming! Watch our new…

Your Gift Changes the World!

Thanks to you, this year more than 11,000 acres were protected, over 300,000 native trees were grown and grassroots leaders around the globe were empowered. Thank YOU! Recently, I planted dogwoods and redbuds with Veterans, a local business (ArborZen) and college students here in North Carolina – and in the spring, we will plant over 500 hardwood seedlings to reforest lands. Digging through rock and soil and planting trees together…

Native Seeds Team Returns to Uganda

WildFF’s Native Seeds team has landed in Uganda for our second phase of restoration and capacity building with our partners, the Wise Women, Mon Ma Ryek of Gulu. Right after landing on the ground in early October, our team had face-to-face meetings with agency and partner organizations in Kampala before rerouting to the Gulu community. This was a warm reunion that began with dancing, music and reconnecting with loved ones…