Spring is such a hopeful time of year. I love watching nature wake up and appreciate the colors in bloom. Birds chatting outside my window become my new alarm clock and serve as my reminder that Mother Nature is steadfast.
Earth Day is an opportunity to highlight the miracles of our planet, and I'm thrilled to share with you the story of an extra special ecological hotspot located in one of the most important migratory corridors in the Americas - The Mamoní Valley.
The Mamoní Valley Preserve, comprised of 8,400 acres, is located at the narrowest stretch of the Panamanian isthmus, which connects the American continents. Just 1.5 hours from Panama City, it acts as a barrier to urban expansion, thwarts the entrance of illegal loggers and miners and also helps to protect the many millions of acres of pristine tropical forest, endemic species and culture managed within neighboring national parks and indigenous territories.
With the threats of climate change, cultural degradation, and loss of biodiversity, ecologists exclaim species are going extinct at 1000x pre-industrial rates. Global temperatures are rising - that's a fact, and ancient cultural traditions are disappearing. Saving what remains is critical, and I've joined a team of biologists, foresters, planners, and other philanthropic-focused stewards in making a stand to protect the Mamoní Valley. The masterminds behind the Mamoní Valley Preserve call it "reconciliation ecology," bringing natural and human communities together working in symphony for the greater good.
I am a member of the Mamoní 100, a community of investors focused on conserving the flora, fauna, and human culture of the Mamoní Valley. Together we are creating a legacy of social and environmental impact. I can’t tell you how much joy and meaning I receive from being a member of this group and having a lifetime stake in the rustic jungle for my entire family. Sharing the Mamoní Valley with my children and friends is one of the greatest pleasures of my life.
There is strength in numbers - Mamoní 100. I invite you to learn more about the efforts and opportunities of involvement.
Happy Earth Day!
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