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November 8, 2012
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November 8, 2012
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I chose to volunteer for ACA because it works at the ground level with local organizations that can move quickly and effectively. ACA is the best organization that I have worked with in my 40 years in conservation including my time as Secretary of the Interior.

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November 6, 2012
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November 6, 2012
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I've worked in the Peruvian Amazon and Andes on biodiversity conservation for the last 20 years. I've seen lots of NGOs turn their attention to the area and then lose focus. What impresses me about ACA is its innovation and its dedication to place. The organization is centered on conserving the last great tropical wilderness on the planet, the area of exceptionally high biodiversity where the Amazon grades into the Andes. More than that, they're generating the tools--enterprise, policy, and scientific--needed to conserve land in the region. When I got the chance to be on the board of such an innovative and creative conservation organization I jumped at the chance. It is a privilege to work with them.

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November 6, 2012

In 2007, I started out as a volunteer with ACA. Seeing the incredible and critical work that the organization does to conserve the Amazon and train the next generation of Amazonian conservationists, I got hooked. I worked hard and wrote a grant to help the organization grow and found myself with a job! Over a few years, I was able to work with a variety of dedicated gifted scientists and community specialists to help create new protected areas and support traditional communities in Peru and Bolivia. As I designed projects with staff and partners in the southwestern Amazon, I learned a huge amount about the region, the people, and the needs for conservation and development. After several years designing projects for ACA, I made a move to another organization, but I missed the dynamism and innovation of the Board and staff at ACA. I was fortunate to be invited to join the board and have since served as its secretary, surrounded by some of the smartest, most inventive and driven people I've met. ACA is an amazing organization that grows professionals, champions communities, and trains students and researchers in Peru, Bolivia, and the US who continue their conservation work no matter where they go next!

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

A year and a half ago, my wife and I had the extreme pleasure of accompanying the president Adrian Forsyth and several staff members on a trip down the eastern slope of the Peruvian Andes to visit ACA's research facilities and meet an indigenous community that has benefited from ACA's work. The entire experience was profound. ACA's research stations were filled with students studying various aspects of the cloud forest and rain forest. The staff managing the facilities were smart, personable and very friendly. Each evening students gave presentations on their work. The whole atmosphere was exciting and filled with creativity. But the most powerful experience was visiting a local community that ACA helped to establish the world's first conservation concession managed by the community itself. We sat amongst the community, hearing stories and their traditional songs. They expressed the importance of the concession which has allowed them to maintain their livelihood in the face of developmental pressures. We returned from the trip inspired to help ACA further their work. Now I'm fortunate to serve on the board. The issues are huge but the organization has talented hard working committed people who have a track record of achieving results.

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ACA has delivered extensive results while operating on a shoestring budget. The organization needed additional leadership to broaden its reach and tackle some big issues so it's very exciting that ACA just hired an executive director. He has a wealth of experience and talent. ACA is now poised to deliver large returns on any conservation investment.

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