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…

Future Leaders Summit 4: Growing the Network

This is the 1st post in our Future Leaders Summit 4 series. We are currently preparing for our 4th Summit (an exciting time here at WildFF!), which will take place on January 7-13, 2017 at the Las Piedras Amazon Center. This year’s rainforest retreat is set in a gorgeous concession secured by WildFF and our partner ARCAmazon. It is the perfect setting for our summit, as participants can witness first-hand…

Creating Forests for the Future

Women monitoring progress in the nursery

As October rolls around and we begin to witness the subtle changes of the seasons in the US, so too are we in the Native Seeds Project preparing for changes and growth here in Uganda. If you were following the COP21 meetings in Paris last November, you might recall the acronym AFR100. It may only comprise 6 characters on paper, but its potential weight in the world of ecological restoration in Africa is tremendous. AFR100, the…

Future Leaders: In Their Own Words

We are proud to show you this new video about the Future Leaders program in Madre de Dios. It includes interviews and voices of many past participants who speak directly to the value of this program. Special thanks to our video editor and Future Leader since 2014 Pavel Martiarena Huamán!  

Mimic Forests of the Past to Create Forests of the Future

As September rolls around and we begin to witness the subtle changes of the seasons in the US, so too are we in the Native Seeds Project preparing for changes and growth here in Uganda. If you were following the COP21 meetings in Paris last November, you might recall the acronym AFR100. It may only comprise 6 characters on paper, but its potential weight in the world of ecological restoration…

ARCAmazon: Reforestation Updates

Thanks to our incredible supporters at WildFF, we have been able to sustain a long term partnership with Peruvian-based, nonprofit ARCAmazon. ARCAmazon works to find solutions that promote the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable development of the Las Piedras Watershed, which is located in the heart of Peru’s Amazon rainforest. This important watershed serves as a physical borderline between unsustainable resource extraction and one of the world’s last remaining intact rainforests. In 2015, with the…

Jam in the Trees Supports WildFF

Thanks to the thousands of supporters and incredible lineup of artists, Jam in the Trees was a fantastic weekend experience in Asheville, NC that brought together so many music and nature fans in support of community and forest conservation. We have to thank our incredible Wild Forests and Fauna volunteers  for their efforts all weekend, including Cristyn, Kurt, Jeff, Greg, Kat, Lydia, Chris and Warren. Jam in the Trees was made possible by…

Protecting Big Trees: Three Paths Cross

Nestled in the mountains of Appalachia, three nonprofit organizations are following different paths toward the same goal of forest protection, with a particular focus on restoring and conserving native forests. These groups embody innovation and action, traits wholly praised and championed by WildFF. Tackling the many threats facing our forests and big trees in the United States requires that organizations take a diverse set of approaches, maintaining unique cultures and voices…

LUSH Cosmetics to Support Future Leaders Program

We are excited to announce a new partnership in the Peruvian Amazon with LUSH Cosmetics! Combatting regional deforestation, especially in the remote area of Madre de Dios, requires innovative and multi-faceted approaches. Wild Forests and Fauna is invested in providing capacity building and support for young professionals from local communities and has found a like-minded partner in LUSH. Though the Future Leaders program, WildFF engages local youth and provides them with business skills…

Healing in Community: Three Acholi Plant Medicines

“Plant medicines have been used by humans for millennia – generations reaching back to the origins of the human species. If they weren’t effective, we wouldn’t be here today.” – Dr. Beatrice Odongkara Smiling, Dr. Beatrice Odongkara, comfortably stands with a foot in two vastly separate worlds: traditional Acholi medicine and western scientific medicine. Dr. Beatrice is an endocrinologist with a speciality in Pediatrics and child health, Department head of…