FOREST RESTORATION

Learning Opportunities

Come take part in a thriving active forest restoration effort, with over 120ha of native species timbers and food forests as part of ongoing plantings – this program is a chance to get your hands dirty and take a crash course in tropical humid forest restoration and management.

The program focuses on every step of the reforestation process from start to finish, from the first steps of site selection, sourcing genetics, and designing plantations; along with developing and implementing planting plans, and getting first hand, in-plantation experience measuring growth and yields of existing plantations. Our many-faceted forestry program aims to give students a solid theoretical and practical underpinning in both reforestation and restoration of forest ecosystems, with the flexibility to accommodate all levels of expertise and involvement.

Beyond our plantations, we have thousands of hectares of forests in a patchwork of age-classes, species assemblages and microclimates – and we border millions of hectares of forest of the Guna Yala Comarca and Chagres National Parks, all with skilled guides and instructors available
to provide multidisciplinary support for independent or guided research.

Our geospatial program is strong and always expanding! Over a decade’s worth of air photos, satellite and UAV imagery are integrated with in our GIS database, and we are currently branching out into a mass effort with UAVs and hyperspectral imagery to work to identify forest species by unique light signatures. The Mamoni 100 is also in the process of a valley-wide baseline to update land uses, land cover and terrestrial carbon storage. The projects are real, with exciting participatory learning and practical experience with employment relevant skills.

Participate in a globally significant forest restoration and wildland conservation project at the narrowest point of the Americas – where jaguars stalk the forests and parrots and toucans fly overhead.

Step by Step through the Tropical Restoration Process

First-hand experience with ongoing forest conservation and restoration activities

  • Participation in the management of 500ha of working lands
  • Protection and management of a 3000ha forest preserve
  • Reforestation project planning, budgeting and implementation
  • Challenges and innovative solutions for restoring or revitalizing degraded tropical landscapes and soils
  • Soil production, nursery development, management and plant reproduction
  • Species selection, seed selection, site selection, land preparation and PLANTING TREES!!
  • Growth and yield evaluations of existing plantations with biomass, timber value and carbon stocking
  • Secondary forest chronosequence research – species distributions, floristic diversity and growth
  • Forest management, forest conservation, ecosystem services and conservation challenges
  • Learn how to develop impactful land restoration or reforestation projects, implement and execute – with a team of forestry professionals, all in a remote forest preserve on the edge of thousands of square kilometers of jungle wilderness

Investigation and Scientific components

Our forests are your laboratory and classroom. Thousands of hectares of forests with access to millions more, over 150ha of plantations of native and introduced species with thousands more hectares of

  • Forest plantation growth and yield studies
  • Establishment and long-term monitoring of native species timber plantations
  • Nursery practices and seedling performance
  • Germination studies
  • Provenance trials for different varietals of desirable native species timbers
  • Botanical surveys and timber inventories in vast native forests
  • Forest carbon studies based n forest type, age and disturbance history.
  • Forest colonization, species assemblages and growth based on age and proximity to forest patches.
  • Forest chronosequence mapping in patchwork of valley secondary forests
  • Physiographic impacts on forest species assemblages and growth rates
  • Use of UAV’s and hyperspectral imagery for forest land cover assessments
  • Cultural importance of different trees for campesino and indigenous Guna cultures.
  • Non-timber forest products and their impacts on
  • Agroforestry and timber plantation business development.

Current Projects Include:

We are constantly expanding our nursery and increasing the area planted in support of the Valley Wide restoration efforts being implemented by the Mamoni 100 and Mamoni Valley Preserve – planting natives species, fruits and multi-purpose trees and grasses. Height of planting season is June-September. Project currently underway include:

  • 40ha native timbers and flowering food forest plantings
  • Management of 3000ha of native forest
  • Baseline biomass and biodiversity research
  • 5ha bamboo agroforestry system
  • GIS mapping and UAV monitoring of plantations and native forests
  • Valley-wide land cover classification, biodiversity and biomass baseline
  • Project Development: project viability analysis, design and business planning
  • Project funding: Concept notes, proposals and grant writing

How to Join Us

We currently offer program appointments for internships, apprenticeships, scientists/researchers as well as accepting volunteers. Please fill out the form and a representative will contact you shortly!

Apprenticeships commit to work for a longer period of time to get practical experience and learn a specific job or skill while interns are students, graduates and young professionals who work with our learning directors to gain supervised, practical professional experience.

Volunteers are independently driven voluntourists joining us to help move the organization forward. There is no one specific field they will be focused on as they are expected to help our team of staff and interns with any project that, at that specific time, needs attention for us to accomplish our mission of conserving the Mamoni Valley.

Questions? Call us – 1-857-MAMONI-1

Learn more about our programs!

Apprenticeships, as low as $1000 / month, commit to work for a longer period of time to get practical experience and learn a specific job or skill while interns, as low as $1200 / month, are students, graduates and young professionals who work with our learning directors to gain supervised, practical professional experience.

Volunteers, as low as $30 / day, are similar to that of the internship and apprenticeship. Volunteers are independently driven voluntourists joining us to help move the organization forward. There is no one specific field they will be focused on as they are expected to help our team of staff and interns with any project that, at that specific time, needs attention for us to accomplish our mission of conserving the Mamoni Valley.