Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Fashion versus Function in the Canopy? Levi’s talk to CanopyMeg

In this article from Levi Strauss & Co., CanopyMeg is described as being a modern day pioneer who wears her Levi’s® in the rainforest treetops.
Dr. Meg Lowman is a woman of many titles; she is an American biologist, educator, ecologist, writer, editor and public speaker. But of

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NSF undergraduate students turn summer research into thesis project

NSF undergraduate students turn summer research into thesis project

NSF undergraduate students Janice and Jacob turned their summer research into thesis projects. They worked inside the beautiful new conservation walls constructed at Goha church forest, thanks to a unique partnership of local Coptic priests and TREE Foundation.

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Beza Books Given Out to Kids in Ethiopia

Dr. Meg Lowman giving out Beza books to local Ethiopian children.

For every English version of Beza sold one copy was distributed FREE in Amharic to an Ethiopian child!
Thank you to those of you who purchased this book which is helping us conserve Ethiopia’s forests, as well as educate the next generation about the importance of their natural

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The Wise Man Built His House Among the Trees

The Wise Man Built His House…Among the Trees
Klaus DeBoer, Sterling College, Craftsbury Common, VT
Summer 2015 REU Site: Undergraduate Research into the Cultural, Economic and Ecological Significance
of Church Forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia (
Earlier this year, I applied for a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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Encyclical Letter and the importance of church forest conservation


Below is commentary written by Ezana Habte-Gabr regarding the use of Pope Francis’ Encyclical letter, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home“ to highlight the impact of humans on nature:
Little is known about Encyclical letters outside the ecclesiastic sphere of the Roman Catholic Church. The media

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Research Associate Worku Mulat Seeks Answers to Dwindling Church Forests in Ethiopia

Research Associate Worku Mulat returns from his Fulbright Scholarship in Ethiopia, where he seeks answers to the dwindling forest ecosystems of his home country. Read Worku’s post below.

The church is there; so are the priests, but where are the forests?
Nearly a decade ago, Saint Mary Orthodox church,

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How Churches are the Gatekeepers of Ethiopia’s Forests

From Africa Geographic Magazine:
In the highlands of Ethiopia, American scientist Meg Lowman is working with local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie to protect ancient church forests.
As in many developing countries, much of Ethiopia’s original forests have been cleared for subsistence agriculture and for harvesting timber and firewood, diminishing

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Ethiopian Church Forest Videos Provided by TREE Supporter

Below is from TREE Supporter, Felipe Cárdenas Támara, regarding the Ethiopian church forest conservation project.
1. Christianity and sustanible developmente: the case of Ethiopia/Cristianismo y desarrollo sostenible: el caso de Etiopía
Documentary produced by anthropologist Felipe Cardenas Tamara where it is shown the reality of the so called Church

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Science Today: Ethiopia Conservation | California Academy of Sciences

science today ethiopian conservation youtube

Ethiopian scientist Tizezew Shimekach is working for women empowerment and forest conservation in her homeland.

(Video by California Academy of Sciences)

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Researchers, locals work together to save Ethiopia’s ‘church forests’

Article published at by Heather D’Angelo on March 3, 2015 about Dr. Lowman’s work with forest conservation in Ethiopia.
Presenting a workshop on ecosystem services to a roomful of priests in Ethiopia may seem like an unlikely scenario for a conservation biologist to end up in, but

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