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Save the Panama Rainforest

The World Rainforest Fund Panama Project

The Panamerican Highway (Highway 1) runs from Alaska to Teirra Del Fuego at the southern tip of South America. In Panama, Central America, the Darien Gap is the only remaining section that is not built, but it is a pristine rainforest. The completion of this road would destroy the Darien Rainforest and the four indigenous cultures that live there. It would also make it easier to exploit the forests for logging, cattle, and other agricultural goods, both in the Central America and in South America.

The World Rainforest Fund is the primary US environmental organization working to stop this highway and therefore save this Panama rainforest. The World Rainforest Fund is also working to save other rainforests throughout the world, with emphasis on the Amazon Rainforest. Rainforests are being destroyed at the rate of 300 acres per minute worldwide. This is equivalent to the loss of an area half the size of the state of California annually. Originally 14% of the world was covered by rainforest, and now only 6% remains, so already more than half the world's rainforests have been destroyed. About 50% of the world's species reside in rainforests. The destruction of rainforests is therefore causing the greatest mass extinction in the biological history of the earth.

The World Rainforest Fund is a tax-exempt non-profit organization. All members of the board of directors and staff are volunteers. The organization is a non-membership organization, so no money is spent on newsletters. Essentially all proceeds go directly to work saving earth's rainforests.

Please send your donations to:

The World Rainforest Fund
1888 Pomar Way
Walnut Creek, CA 94598-1424

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