Forest Fund

Our mission is to keep forest standing. Forest Fund is an online philanthropic platform that allows individuals and organizations to select a legally deforestable hectare and conserve it with an opportunity-cost payment to the landowner, much like paying them rent. Conservation buyers on our platform will receive monthly updated satellite images of "their" hectare(s) to confirm that the landowner is holding up their side of the deal. Rural producers will only receive their opportunity cost payment after proving that no forest has been cleared on their property. If any deforestation is detected, Forest Fund will report the landowner to environmental authorities and cease payments immediately.

Three factors now make this possible: the internet's ability to connect people and places around the world, advances in satellite imagery, and the georeferencing of all rural properties in Brazil. Crowdfunding continues to grow as a powerful agent of change. We are creating a channel for forest conservation that gives that kind of agency to a growing base of planet-conscientious individuals and organizations.

Our project begins in Juina, Brazil, a small municipality at the forefront of deforestation. Read more at:

Welcome, Everyone


 Greetings! - Great Wilderness continues to work on biodiversity preservation in both Ecuador and Venezuela. We are succeeding in our mission to "Help People Help Nature."

 Please consider donating to Great Wilderness. It is easy to go to our website and donate. Thanks in advance for any help you can give to our organization.

 Volunteer and Internship Program

Our goal is to support, strengthen and enhance our partners conservation program by sending individuals interested in working and supporting the protection of Ecuador and Venezuela native forest and ecosystems. (Read more)



1. On September 2015,  the Parrolet Project was featured in the segment Bird Note that airs every morning in National Public Radio. Congratulations to our Research Director, Dr. Karl Berg!  Follow this link to hear the segment:   (Bird Note)

2. Great Wilderness would like to welcome both, Dr. Vernon Andrews to our Board of Directors and Ing. Estefani Izurieta (our very first Ecuadorian intern), to our team. (Read more)


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The Parrotlet Project


Do Parrots Name Their Babies?

While studying Green-rumplet Parrolets in Venezuela, National Geographic Explorer and Great Wilderness Board member, Dr. Karl Berg, discovered an incredibly rare behavior.


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Forest Fund

Dear Family and Friends,


Earth Day 2016 marks the launch of a new partnership with Forest Fund. Forest Fund supports conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil with the help of Great Wilderness and donors worldwide. Together we are turning landowners into forest protectors by providing opportunity cost payments to the landowner to keep the forest standing in one of the most ecologically important and threatened areas of the world. Read more     



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