The UnEndangered Forest Project is a partnership between Novo Fogo, Porto Morretes, The Horus Institute and Ekôa Park in Morretes, on the southern coast of Brazil, in Paraná state, one of the Atlantic Forest areas of highest biodiversity on the planet.
Our aim is to increase the number of existing trees that are now rare and endangered due to overexploitation in the past, when they were harvested as the most precious woods.
It is not easy to find seedlings of these species in commercial nurseries. Therefore, we are producing them ourselves, based on:
Palmito-jussara, or heart-of-palm, is a native palm essential for the survival of many native animals in the Atlantic Forest, especially birds and mammals. These palms have long been over-harvested, so natural populations have declined and need to be restored.
Over time, when these trees reach maturity, each of them will produce seeds that the wind, animals, or water will disperse, enriching and improving the forest, especially in areas that were overexploited in the past.
Our network is open for new landowners who wish to plant native trees in private properties or in public spaces, such as city squares or parks. It is important that people get to know these precious species that are now so rare and little known.
If you onw land on the coast of Paraná and wish to join the program, you can receive seedlings at no cost and contribute to forest enrichment and conservation. When you accept the seedlings, you will receive information on each species and on how and where to plant the seedlings.
The task of landowners is rather simple: to plant the seedlings inside a forest immediately after receiving them, register the location of each seedling using our cell phone app, and as feasible, follow up to make sure they develop well and are not lost.
The factsheets available below on each species contain information on their native range, why it has become endangered, and the best type of soil or habitat for planting.