CACE began studying the ecology and sustainable harvest of copal resin at a research station near the town of Jenaro Herrera in 2006 operated by the Institute for Investigation of the Peruvian Amazon (IIAP). Much of this work has focused on tracking the development of resin lumps formed by the larvae of bark boring weevils. During 2007 & 2008, we conducted a two year trial to manually harvest the resin. It was good to see that 8 years later, the old wounds had healed well. Resin sometimes exudes from cracks that open on the trunk. It was disturbing to learn from our field assistant Italo that six mature copal trees died in one of the two plantations of Protium hebetatum. Getting around the lower section of the reserve requires crossing lots of little streams. Unfortunately limited government support for the station sometimes leads to lapses in maintenance of wooden bridges that rot in the relentless hot rainy environment. I felt lucky that I didn't hurt myself when I stepped on and broke through a rotten plank.
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Catalog of bird crafts made by artisans from the communities of the Marañon basin in Peru. You can see more in our online store: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/
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GREEN ANACONDA AMAZON GUITAR STRAP - HAND-MADE AND FAIR TRADE This unique fair-trade Amazon Guitar Strap was hand-made by Bora native artisan Monica Chichaco from the village of Brillo Nuevo from comfortable, sturdy and flexible chambira palm fiber. It has a high-quality brass-plated buckle so its length can be adjusted to fit the guitarist with any folk or electric guitar.
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This is a great strap for musicians to show their appreciation and support for native culture and the environment. The Anaconda model is based on a traditional Bora pattern of this large snake that lives in the rivers and forest of the Amazon. Each strap comes with a tag listing the artisan's name and community and the plants they used to make it. Sales help create a sustainable livelihood for artisan families and support health, education and conservation in their communities.