Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems


Help Conserve a Church Forest

CONSERVE A CHURCH FOREST! This unique opportunity not only reduces your carbon footprint, but also saves biodiversity, fresh water, natural medicines, pollinators, and insures the future spiritual heritage of an African nation. Ethiopia is not only the home of the origin of humankind but also the world’s

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European storks roosting in Ethiopian church forests

The Max Planck Institute, under the leadership of scientist Dr. Martin Wikelski, has mapped the migration of European storks. Some of the radio-collared birds have roosted in our Ethiopian church forests! This amazing discovery means that church forests not only conserve African biodiversity, but play an important

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Nine-year-old holds successful fundraiser for Ethiopia Church Forest conservation

fundraiser for Ethiopia Church Forest conservation at birthday party

Thanks go out to Grace for such a wonderful idea and to everyone that donated to the TREE Foundation for Ethiopia Church Forest conservation! Happy Birthday Grace!

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Dr. Lowman lecture at Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia

Meg Lowman lecture in Ethiopia

“CanopyMeg” Lowman lectured at Jimma University in Jimma, Ethiopia during early October, and is pictured here in dialogue with the science faculty discussing possible collaborative efforts between USA and Ethiopia. Issues of overlap include ecotourism, forest conservation, women in science, student exchanges, and use of virtual technologies

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Two new species of oribatid mites from Ethiopia

Sergey G. Ermilov1, Neville N. Winchester, Margaret M. Lowman & Alemayehu Wassie 2012. Two new species of oribatid mites (Acari: Oribatida) from Ethiopia, including a key to species of Pilobatella. Systematic & Applied Acarology 17(3): 000–000. Abstract: Two new oribatid mite species, Austrocarabodes (Uluguroides) kluttzi Ermilov, Winchester,

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Saving Ethiopian Church Forests [VIDEO]

Here is a wonderful video with Amharic translation, explaining our TREE conservation project in Ethiopia. Enjoy! Created by Feven Legesse Mulat from Texas. For more info about Dr. Lowman and TREE Foundation’s mission to help save the Church Forests of Ethiopia:

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Ethiopian Priests putting on their new “I Love Bugs” T-shirt field guides

Video taken in January 2012 of Ethiopian priests putting on “I Love Bugs” t-shirts at a workshop of the Coptic (Christian Orthodox) priest leadership in Debra Tabor, Ethiopia. Video by Phil K. Wittman

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Zhara Church Forest Wall Tour

Dr. “CanopyMeg” Lowman and Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete guide us on a walk around the wall built at Zhara Church Rainforest in Ethiopia. The Zhara wall was possible thanks to efforts from scientists, donors, and the TREE Foundation. This video contains excerpts from the documentary film “Church

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Bibliography on Forest Resources & Ecology of Ethiopia

PDF Version Abebe, M.H., et al., The role of area enclosures and fallow age in the restoration of plant diversity in northern Ethiopia. African Journal of Ecology, 2006. 44: p. 507-514. Abulea, E., H.A. Snymanb, and G.N. Smitb, Rangeland evaluation in the middle Awash valley of Ethiopia:

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Collaborative research workshop launched at UCONN, Storrs, CT (March 12-13, 2012)

Tree Foundation teamed up with leading global research and acadmeic instituions to launch a collaborative research project on the impact of climate change on Lake Tana and the Blue Nile region in Ethiopia. The project will, specifically, investigate The impact of climate driven water variability on three

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