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Geographic areas served: International with a focus on Central and South America


Rainforest Trust purchases and conserves lands rich in biodiversity, often at $100 an acre or even less. Since its founding in 1988, we have created almost a million acres of new protected areas in tropical countries and raised almost $2 million, less than 2% of which has been used for administrative and fundraising overhead; Guatemala: in our first project WLT purchased the initial 11,000 acres of cloud forest (at $4 per acre!) which formed the core of and catalyzed the creation of the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere reserve, over 100 kilometers long, with Defensores de la Naturaleza - Peru: WP is funding local groups to establish major new protected areas surrounding the Machu Picchu sanctuary and at the Sierra de Colan in Amazonas.


Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust-US) works by buying land to conserve rainforests and other biologically rich areas to protect resources of international value while providing local benefits. WLT-US supports local conservation organizations to purchase and protect the most important areas for biodiversity conservation in Latin America, targeting private lands that conserve rare or endangered species and are also specially priced (our purchases average $100 per acre) so that a minimum amount of funds preserve high priority areas. World Land Trust-US also helps to protect tropical park and reserve management to ensure that protected areas continue to preserve the species and natural resources for which they were created.
To date, we have secured more than 7 million acres across Latin America. In 2012, we focused our efforts in Colombia, Peru, Paraguay, and Brazil ensuring that the last tracts of both the Amazon and Atlantic forests were taken off the market and turned into protected, guarded reserves for all to enjoy.

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I like the fact that almost 95% of donations to Rainforest Trust (formerly World Land Trust US) goes directly to buy and permanently protect threatened rainforest eco-systems. The land/locations are selected based on high bio-diversity value. If only they could get more donors to fund these projects... more »
This non-profit preserves critically endangered rainforests that protect many endangered species by purchasing land to prevent development, including buffers and land that would strategically block further development of critical land beyond the purchased land. I have donated numerous times to a ... more »
I have not donated directly, but donate regularly through buying art from the Trust's supporter, Mystic Dreamer Art. I understand that the organization is run well and efficiently and am happy to buy art, knowing that there is also a benefit to the environment. I work in the clean energy industry ... more »
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