We’ve returned from our trip to Peru where we were reminded, far too vividly, of why we are doing what we are doing – not that we really needed a reminder. Every day we came across more scenes of deforestation. It is disheartening that a tract of rainforest is deemed more valuable when it’s converted into a palm field or cattle ranch. But that’s what’s happening. And that is not sustainable. We desperately need a shift in how we relate to nature.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. We also returned home with some good news. Progress is happening with our jaguar corridor project. We discovered that many of the cattle ranchers in the valley between the Cordillera Escalera Mountain ranges are older and their children are frequently more interested in working and living in town. This is an opportunity. It means more land is available for ARC to purchase for our jaguar corridor.
So what’s next? Right now, an engineer is marking out the boundaries of the land parcels available. Once these coordinates have been accepted by the land registry office, we can move forward with purchasing them. We look forward to sharing a map with you soon that showcases these parcels of land – including those we are proposing we acquire.
With the valley being 3,500 ha in size, our dream is to turn the entire valley into a conservation corridor and unite the fragmented habitat for the wildlife living here. Yes, it’s a big dream but it all starts one hectare at a time. Together we can ensure our children and grandchildren live in a world where jaguars still live free in the wild.
As always, I am available to answer any questions you may have.
Jana & The ARC Team.