History/Timeline

The ongoing story of Camino Verde as it unfolds.  Check back for updates!

2006

3/2006 - Robin Van Loon purchases 35 hectares in the sector of Baltimori, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru, from Victor Ticlla.

11/2006 - 1st ever agroforestry plantings on the land, and natural regeneration strategies employed.  The idea for Camino Verde is conceived.

2007

5/2007 - Construction completed on first lodgings on Camino Verde land.

8/2007 - Camino Verde is incorporated in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2008

1/2008 - Camino Verde, Inc. is granted 501(c)3 status from the IRS (US tax authority).

2/2008 - CV tree planting efforts for the rainy season of 2007-8 total 1010 trees planted as part of our Living Seed Bank.

2009

2/2009 - Our Basic Agroforestry project kicks off its first year with funding from First Parish of Concord, Massachusetts Social Action Grants.  We deliver 600 tree seedlings to 9 participating farmers in the community of Baltimori, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.  Henoch Lazo, agroforestry technician, accompanies us and provides technical recommendations to our partner farmers.

3/2009 - CV tree planting efforts for the rainy season of 2008-9 total 1125 trees planted as part of our Living Seed Bank.

5/2009 - Our Supporting Indigenous Wisdom project funds the construction of lodgings at the home and clinic of don Ignacio Duri, a respected plant healer in the native community of Infierno.  Donor contributions specifically for this project allowed it to be completed in record time.

9/2009 - Biologists from Lima-based research institute Corbidi visit Camino Verde and document flora and fauna.  Corbidi's report is later used for proposal of Camino Verde land as a Private Conservation Area recognized by Peru's Ministry of the Environment.

2010

1/2010 - Don Ignacio Duri begins collaboration on the Amazonian Herbal Healing Guide project.  This plant healer shares his decades of experience working with medicinal plants in interviews that will be made into a book.  Emphasis is placed on stories, lore, and meaning of medicinal plants, rather than on their specific ethno-botanical usage.  Funding is provided by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center.

3/2010 - Our Basic Agroforestry project is funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center and delivers 1500 tree seedlings to 14 participating farmers in the community of Baltimori, Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.  Eber Cano, agroforestry technician specializing in grafted citrus trees, provides technical support to our partner farmers. 

3/2010 - CV tree planting efforts for the rainy season of 2009-10 total 1030 trees planted as part of our Living Seed Bank.

4/2010 - FARM Center founders and CV Advisory Board members Neil Logan and Sophia Bowart visit.

5/2010 - A visit from directors of Carpe Diem Education results in selection of CV as a future service work site for Carpe Diem program students.

6/2010 - Expedition up the Tambopata River to where the Andes arise out of the lowland forest.

9/2010 - SPDA (Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental - Peruvian Society for Environmental Law) gives CV ED Robin Van Loon a scholarship to partcipate in a permaculture design course in Puerto Maldonado, making important connections with regional allies and future partners.

11/2010 - 1st volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (with leaders Andy and Jessica) plants 470 palms and sangre de grado trees.

12/2010 - Carbon offset partnership initiated with Zackin Publications.  Over 750 trees are to be planted to offset roughly 60 metric tons of CO2 produced by this publisher annually.

2011

2/2011 - Our Basic Agroforestry project is funded once again by First Parish of Concord, Massachusetts Social Action Grants and delivers 1425 tree seedlings to 10 participating farmers in the communites of Baltimori, Sachavacayoc, and Filadelfia in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.

3/2011 - CV tree planting efforts for the rainy season of 2010-11 total 1780 trees planted as part of our Living Seed Bank.  780 of these trees are planted as part of the newly formed carbon offset partnership with Zackin Publications.

3/2011 - 1st visit to CV from plant healer don Ignacio Duri.

4/2011 - 2nd volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (with leaders Simone and Ari) clears the border trails surrounding CV primary forest areas

4/2011 - GlobalGiving representative Clarissa Driban visits CV to deliver GG's certification of CV as a "vetted organization" complying with their due diligence process and verifying us "as a valuable member of our community."

5/2011 - 40 more hectares (100 acres) rainforest purchased through a donor support campaign, doubling the size of CV’s reforestation center in Tambopata. 

7/2011 - 1st visit to CV from Dr. Campbell Plowden, ED of the Center for Amazon Community Ecology (CACE), and Yully Rojas, project coordinator for CACE.  We explore strategic parallels for future collaboration with the support of the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center.

7/2011 - CV Executive Director Robin Van Loon and plant healer Don Ignacio Duri travel to remote areas on the Piedras River to collect plants for the Amazonian Herbal Healing Guide project.

9/2011 - Well dug!  Thanks to a generous grant from the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center.

11/2011 - CV Executive Director and photographer travel to Loreto region of northern Peru and the Amazon and Ucayali rivers to visit work sites of the Center for Amazon Community Ecology (CACE).  Rosewood project with the Bora community of Brillo Nuevo proposed by CV and CACE as part of our ongoing work with aromatic native tree species.

11/2011 - 3rd volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (Meghan and James plus 8 students) clears trails in the primary forest of the CV-Tambopata Trek joint conservation area and build a trellis for flowering vines.

2012

1/2012 - 1st ever Carpe Diem Education Latitudes student (intern), Ben Burns, placed at CV for three months.

2/2012 - Our Basic Agroforestry project is funded this year by individual donors and delivers 1280 tree seedlings to 6 participating farmers in the communites of Baltimori and Sachavacayoc in Tambopata, Madre de Dios, Peru.  This is the project's 4th year.

3/2012 - 2nd visit to CV from Dr. Campbell Plowden, director of the Center for Amazon Community Ecology (CACE).  We begin work developing harvest protocols for sangre de grado resin as part of a project funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center.

3/2012 - CV tree planting efforts for the rainy season of 2011-12 total 1765 trees planted as part of our Living Seed Bank.

3/2012 - Our on-site plant nursery, modules 1 and 2, are built with the help of CV volunteers Ben Burns and David Imburgia.  The nursery has an initial capacity of 2500 tree seedlings.  (Project funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center.) 

4/2012 - 4th volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (with leaders Meghan and Grant) clears trails in the

primary forest of the CV-Tambopata Trek joint conservation area.

6/2012 - Work concludes on our newly operational water tower, supplying water to the plant nursery.  (Project funded by the Marjorie Grant Whiting Center.) 

8/2012 - 2nd visit to CV reforestation center from plant healer don Ignacio Duri.

8/2012 - Carbon offset partnership formed with companies Indigofera Showroom and C6 focusing on production of biochar as a carbon sink.

9/2012 - Purchase of 800 Brazilian rosewood tree seedlings as part of our ongoing work with non timber forest products (NTFP's) from aromatic native tree species.  The seedlings are sent bare root from Loreto, Peru to us in Tambopata and only 300 survive the trip.

11/2012 - 5th volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (Robbie and Michelle plus 12 students) digs a future fishpond and prunes plantain grove.

11/2012 - Main house in Baltimori dismantled to make room for a new lodging to be built with funding from SPDA (Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental - Peruvian Society for Environmental Law).

11/2012 - New and improved CaminoVerde.org goes live! Many thanks to CV webmaster Matthew Biewener. 

12/2012 - "Fondos Semilla" grant awarded by SPDA (Sociedad Peruana de Derecho Ambiental - Peruvian Society for Environmental Law) for purchase of essential oil distillation equipment for our ongoing work with non timber forest products (NTFP's) from aromatic native tree species.

12/2012 - 1st Camino Verde Sustainable Living & Ecological Design Course.

2013

1/2013 - Our protected primary rainforest is certified as a Private Conservation Area by the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment.  Our allies at SPDA publicized it here.

1/2013 - Generous donor support allows us to purchase 22 hectares (55 acres) more of rainforest, expanding our reforestation center to nearly 100 hectares (250 acres). 

2/2013 - Camino Verde featured in El Comercio, Peru’s leading newspaper. 

2/2013 - 2nd visit to Loreto, Peru and the native Bora community of Brillo Nuevo— 900 Brazilian rosewood trees planted in a week. 

2/2013 - Camino Verde featured in The Huffington Post in an article by longtime friend and supporter Kurt Holle.

3/2013 - Camino Verde is now featured on GreatNonProfits and receives nothing but 5-star reviews in the first days online.

3/2013 - Our tree planting campaign for early 2013 is the largest ever.  Over 2900 trees planted by March, including the 900 Brillo Nuevo rosewoods and the 625 trees planted for the Basic Agroforestry project’s 5th and final year.

4/2013 - 6th volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (Ryan and Cheridyn plus 9 students) help on miscellaneous farm projects.

5/2013 - New lodging infrastructure is completed and ch’allado (ceremonially inaugurated) on Workers’ Day, May 1, also the anniversary of the community of Baltimori where we are located.

10/2013 - An evening with Camino Verde in Lincoln, Massachusetts, hosted by the Walden Woods Project.

11/2013 - Camino Verde is now featured on TravelGiver.

11/2013 - 7th volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (Edward and Kelsi plus 12 students) come and plant an extraordinary 700 trees during their week of hard work at the reforestation center.

12/2013 - Our first project on GlobalGiving is funded to completion! Our new, next generation project is posted here.

2014

1/2014 - AmazonSmile allows Amazon shoppers to passively support Camino Verde.

1/2014 - Visit from Shayna Gladstone and Bryan Arturo of Project Nuevo Mundo

2/2014 - CV tree planting efforts for the rainy season of late 2013 to early 2014 total 1010 trees planted as part of our Living Seed Bank.

3/2014 - Camino Verde is included on MyCharityMap.

3/2014 - We play host to a scarlet macaw, who drops in at meal time for several months before starting a family of her own in a big tree nearby.

4/2014 - Camino Verde intern and ally Sam Goodman's thesis is published online through American University.  The thesis, The Role of NGOs in Mitigating the Impact of the Interoceanic Highway, features Camino Verde's role in Madre de Dios prominently.

4/2014 - Volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education cancelled for the first time ever due to the illegal gold miners’ strike in Madre de Dios.

4/2014 - Visit from ArBio directors Michel Saini and Tatiana Espinosa, members of the Camino Verde Advisory Council.

6/2014 - Visit to Loreto, Peru - Brillo Nuevo and Tamshiyacu - visiting our reforested rosewood trees there with collaborator and photographer Andrew Schwarz, and Campbell Plowden, CV board member and director of the Center for Amazon Community Ecology.  Some of our rosewood trees are almost 2 meters tall!

10/2014 - First Amazonian essential oil samples sold to aromatherapists and perfumers in the United States.

11/2014 - 8th volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education (Ryan and Cheridyn— again!— plus 12 students) work hard on trying to get our fish pond to hold water— guided by an essay from the benchmark Meeting the Expectations of the Land and the New Alchemy Institute.

11/2014 - Visit from the ManoaBoca blog’s head writer, Camille Dehu.

11/2014 - Camino Verde partners with tree-planting platform Maraquia, a new tool for reforestation online.

12/2014 - Purchase of an additional 8 hectares (20 acres) of rainforest, increasing the size of our reforestation center and funding an important community project for the village of Baltimori, Tambopata.

12/2014 - Camino Verde featured on Swiss Public Radio.  The story, in German, is here.

12/2014 - Results received from first full Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry analysis of our Amazonian essential oils at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima.

2015

2/2015 - Camino Verde Consultations’ first job, with Wild Forests and Fauna’s Native Seeds Project in northern Uganda.  We help to create a native species reforestation project working with women traditional community healers. 

3/2015 - Completion of 3 months of field work by Camino Verde research team Manuel Huinga and Piher Maceda.  Over 5000 seeds collected from 70 rare Amazonian tree species.

4/2015 - Camino Verde featured in Rodale’s Organic Life online magazine among 5 Seed Banks Worth Visiting.

4/2015 - Passive donation platform Welzoo inaugurated.  Camino Verde receives funding through Welzoo starting at its inception.

4/2015 - 9th volunteer group from Carpe Diem Education

(Mac and Gwen plus 7 students) plant several hundredAmazonian hardwood trees and carry heavy loads— a much appreciated and hard job.

4/2015 - Post 1 of 2 of Manoaboca’s blog on Camino Verde (here).

5/2015 - Post 2 of 2 of Manoaboca’s blog on Camino Verde (here).

5/2015 - An especially rainy El Niño year means we’re able to extend our tree planting campaign into May.  1575 trees planted. 17,000 trees planted by Camino Verde to date.