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Wax Palm Mountain Forest Conservation
in Amazonas Region October 2008
The area is about
the size of Zion National Park
In the Amazonas region of Peru near the city
of Mendez, NCI staff members are diligently working to gain protected
area status for the Wax Palm-Huamanpata Mountain Tropical Forest.
This area is approximately 150,000 acres, or about the size of
Zion National Park, and funding has recently been received from
a private donor to aid in the conservation of the area. Funds
will be used primarily for reserve management including trail
construction and signage, and for producing television spot advertisements
promoting the conservation of the area. In addition, city groups
and students of all ages will be able to participate in reforestation
and conservation activities within the reserve, and political
activities promoting conservation will take place within the city
as well. Recent school and media events have brought a great deal
of local attention to conservation here.