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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…

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…

ARCAmazon & Round River: Inspiring Future Generations

Being an intern is rewarding, hectic, challenging, and most certainly a learning experience. One of the most remarkable things I have learned during my time as an intern for WildFF is that we are not alone, and that we play our important role in big-picture conservation. There are many small organizations that have goals similar to WildFF – place-based conservation, community, science, integrity, and passion – and it’s a wonderful realization…

ARCAmazon Conservation Research Grows

Las Piedras Amazon Center (LPAC) is getting ready for a busy summer as a new wave of visitors make their way to the Peruvian Amazon.  Several volunteer groups and researchers are heading down to this special part of the world to learn, relax, and provide some volunteer services. A team of conservation researchers will be looking at primate populations, specifically the endangered Peruvian black spider monkey (Ateles chamek), to see how…

Pinchot Alumni prove that business can protect the Amazon

Contrary to popular belief, the rainforest wasn’t actually saved in the 80s; it is actively being destroyed before our eyes by mining, logging and agriculture. But Wild Forests and Fauna (WFF), a non-profit founded by three Pinchot alumni, is working to protect this critical resource by using business as a driver for conservation. Today we celebrate the International Day of Forests. This month, WFF founders Liz Feldman (C8), Nancy Zamierowski (C9) and I…

The Forest Online, Part 2: Journey to the Jungle

February 17, 2016: McDaniel College article Deep in the Peruvian rain forest over Jan Term, 12 McDaniel students made the discovery of a lifetime. Disconnected from their cell phones and internet, not a mirror in sight, they found themselves. It’s as simple and complex as that. The bonds between them, their comfortable connection, respect and genuine liking of each other, fills the room as surely as a blast of brisk…

Can Conservation and Development Coexist?

Imagine a small Peruvian farming community where people still live as their ancestors have for countless generations. Now imagine the change that would come from placing a busy international airport directly next to this town. Each morning, instead of farm animals welcoming the sun, it is jumbo jets full of international tourists. How would you feel if you lived in this town? How would your personal personal health and traditions…

Help Future Leaders Reach Their Goal on Indiegogo   

  Exciting news—our Indiegogo campaign for Future Leaders 2016 has launched! We are psyched to return to the Madre de Dios region in Peru for a third straight year. Over the last two years, WFF members, along with local educators, have led a sustainable business and leadership program for aspiring young leaders in the Peruvian Amazon. Our ultimate goal has been to help these leaders materialize their ideas to create sustainable…

ARCAmazon Update

Laughter and music break through the cacophony of the jungle. The soft lights of candles and lanterns illuminate the faces around the circle, catching the crinkles of eyes mid-laughter and flashes of gold that shine from sharp, joking smiles. It is a night of celebration in the workers’ camp here at the Las Piedras Amazon Center, where years of extensive planning and hard work have finally begun to take concrete…