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GreenWood Featured in New York Times
Check out Elisabeth Malkin's "Copén Journal" in the February 12, 2014, edition of The New York Times: www.nytimes.com/2014/02/13/world/americas/lawlessness-undoing-effort-to-save-honduran-forests.html
First-Ever Yale Forestry Innovation Prize Awarded to GreenWood
New Haven, Connecticut
GreenWood and its Honduran counterpart, Fundación Madera Verde, received the first-ever Innovation Prize from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES). The $5,000 prize was awarded by an international panel of judges, based on a joint presentation by GreenWood and Madera Verde at the 20th Annual International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF) Conference, held at Yale's Kroon Hall January 30 to February 1, 2014.
Taylor Guitars Honored with Award for Corporate Excellence
In a ceremony on Wednesday, January 29, at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Bob Taylor, president of Taylor Guitars, was presented with the prestigious 2013 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to honor the company's transformative work in establishing a legal ebony trade in Cameroon. Taylor's ebony sawmill, Crelicam, is breaking new ground in fostering improved environmental standards for ebony harvesting and better working conditions for its local employees.
Taylor explains that, when he first visited Cameroon, he was appalled by the large volume of "character grade" ebony that was being wasted in the industry's traditionally exclusive preference for the jet-black material. A key factor in their ACE selection was the company's decision to promote brown ebony as equal to black. "A lot of other companies were doing good work on the ground around the world," says Taylor. "But our decision to break out of the mold was the real game changer."
Illegal Invaders Threaten Forest Communities in Honduras
The community of Copén has been long recognized at a local, national and international level for its responsible forest management. In the mid-1990s the community established its legal forest management area and, in 1998, became one of the first certified community forests in the world. The following year the local sawyer’s collective joined GreenWood in a series of enterprising initiatives in the transformation of bigleaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), leading to the purchase and installation of its own Wood-Mizer band sawmill and the production and export of high-value boat parts and the ongoing supply of guitar parts to the Taylor Guitar Company. (The list of Copén’s clients has continued to grow, now including Collings Guitars, of Austin, Texas, and other North American lutherie suppliers.) These productive enterprises were accomplished through the community’s longstanding collaboration with GreenWood and our Honduran counterpart nonprofit, Fundación Madera Verde. In 2010 Copén was recognized as a model of sustainable forest management in Latin America by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
All of these accomplishments are now at risk by the unprecedented occupation and wholesale destruction of community forests over the last few years by illegal invaders, who have cut and burned at least 15 percent of Copén’s management area. Despite repeated appeals to multiple branches of the Honduran government—including the army, the forest service and legal authorities (Bureau of Criminal Investigation)—no concrete action has been undertaken to protect and enforce the community’s rights or the rights of almost every neighboring village, which is similarly affected. In fact, land clearing in the Valley has increased, with the establishment of permanent structures such as schools, churches and stores. Copén and several other communities, as well as GreenWood and Fundación Madera Verde, are urging immediate action by the government of Honduras to enforce existing laws, expel the invaders and stabilize its forest frontier.
Click on this link for more information: CFA Article Reprint.Dec2013.pdf
Click on this link to view a time-lapse video of satellite images of recent forest clearing in and around Copén's forest: www.youtube.com/watch