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It’s hard to believe that not just 40 years ago when you bought wood furniture, or any product for that matter, it was most likely made right here in America by a skilled craftsman. The crew at the workshop or factory was most likely paid a fair and livable wage and the price of the product reflected that. We took pride in American Made Furniture.
Did you know that 80% of the planet's native forests are already gone? In Costa Rica the last 50 years has brought about a transformation of the Pacific coast from a lush wild jungle to an alien landscape of non native crops like bananas, rice and African oil palms. Cattle pastures and modern resorts occupy much of the remaining landscape. In the midst of all this deforestation, the tiny Mono Titi monkey who previously ranged freely from Panama through Costa Rica has now become trapped on two small habitat areas of inhospitable landscape with no biological corridor to connect them to their native habitat, and no hope for survival without substantial intervention.
It is believed only 1700 of the monkeys remain.
The Eco Preservation Society, led by environmentalist Kevin Peterson has launched an intense effort to save the Mono Titi and other indigenous Costa Rican animals through restoration of their native habitat along the corridor between the Naranjo and Savegre Rivers.
As wood furniture makers, we know that in order to keep our craft alive, we've got to be active participants in sustainable forestry. We support non-profit groups like The Vermont Center for EcoStudios that work in conserving Vermont's forests and wildlife. We're also concerned with rainforest conservation which is a major part of our mission at Vermont Woods Studios.
Soon we'll be working with the Eco Preservation Society, a non-profit dedicated to wildlife conservation and reforestation in Costa Rica and elsewhere around the globe.
We're excited about this partnership and will write more in the following days. Eco Preservation Society shares our passion for conservation, education and reforestation. We admire the work they're doing and are looking forward to visiting and volunteering at one of their research and reforestation projects in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
These are Costa Rican squirrel monkeys or mono titi. They are highly endangered due to habitat destruction and the Eco Preservation Society is trying to save the species. We'll be volunteering on the project and will write about it when we're down there. Stay tuned!
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