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NYBG launches Amazon Forest Program to help conserve Earth's largest intact forest
Date:2/2/2014

To help conserve one of Earth's ecological treasures, The New York Botanical Garden is launching a multifaceted program to dramatically improve the management and sustainable use of the Brazilian Amazon forest, part of the largest expanse of intact forest in the world.

In collaboration with scientific colleagues in Brazil and the Brazilian Forest Service, the Botanical Garden is committing its expertise in plant science to four related initiatives to promote environmentally responsible forestry practices and further the Garden's goal of conserving Amazonian biodiversity. These initiatives are: to participate in the planning and execution of the Amazon phase of Brazil's National Forest Inventory; to train forestry workers in the critical skill of accurately identifying tree species; to develop protocols and resources for sustainable forest management projects; and to contribute baseline knowledge of the Amazon's flora, which is vital for effective ecosystem conservation.

The new Amazon Forest Program, A Better Baseline: Building Capacity and Resources for Forest Inventory in the Brazilian Amazon, is supported by a major, new grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. It builds on prior support from the Beneficia Foundation, the J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation, The Overbrook Foundation, and The Tinker Foundation Incorporated and will help to leverage additional grants for the next stages of the program.

"Since the Garden's earliest years, our scientists have been at the forefront of documenting the almost unbelievable diversity of plant life in the vast Amazonian basin of Brazil," said Gregory Long, Chief Executive Officer and the William C. Steere Sr. President of the Garden. "Thanks to the timely and significant support of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and other generous funders, the Garden will play an even more active role in helping to preserve one of Earth's natural wonders and most important ecological re
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Contact: Stevenson Swanson
sswanson@nybg.org
718-817-8512
The New York Botanical Garden
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