The Rainforest Committee

E-book about mining in Colombia now available

Steve Cagan and Mary Kelsey have just published an e-book entitled, The Price of Gold, describing their work to document via photos and drawings the impact of gold mining on the people and environment of the Choco, a lowland rainforest region along the northwestern Pacific coast of Colombia.  The book provides unusual insights into the cultural, economic and political forces that have resulted in both small scale, artesanal mining and larger scale mining that involves extensive river dredging.  More details about the book and how  to obtain it can be found in the official  book announcement posted below.

E-book announcement (EN) (1) (Cagan, Kelsey)




Next Rainforest Committee Meeting

The Rainforest Committee will have a virtual meeting on August 18, 2020 at 7 PM. Michael Melampy will make a presentation on recent problems of oil contamination in Ecuador’s Amazon basin. A Zoom link for the meeting will be sent


Rainforest Meeting March 7, 2019

At the meeting,  Dr. Katherine Krynak of Ohio Northern University will discuss her research on Ecuadorian frogs.  Everyone is welcome but due to limited seating please RSVP. Read more…

New Threats to Galapagos

On June 9, at the behest of Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved changes to the Organic Law that reduce protection for the marine reserve and facilitate investment of foreign capital for the development of large hotels, resorts, and new residential areas. Read more…