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The World Land Trust eBulletin issue 11

We apologise for the delay in sending out this eBulletin due to staff changes at WLT. Peter Taylor has now left to work for Friends of the Earth, although he remains committed to helping WLT in a voluntary capacity. Meanwhile, we welcome Helena Åkerlund as Trainee Web Manager, who is now responsible for producing the eBulletin. Feedback is most welcome; please email any suggestions or comments to Helena, on .
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Rainforest saved in memory of Christopher Parsons

Quebrado Christopher Parsons
The Christopher Parsons rainforest, showing the river named after him.

When WLT Trustee Chris Parsons died last November, we pledged to honour his life and work in the most effective way possible. It was agreed that there could be no better tribute than to save a fittingly special piece of tropical forest and all its wildlife, in his memory.

The Christopher Parsons Rainforest appeal was launched by Sir David Attenborough in July and within two months we had raised over £20,000. Following the purchase of a suitable area of land, which has just been completed, the Christopher Parsons Rainforest now covers 2.5 square miles. The rainforest is located in Ecuador, adjacent to an existing reserve, and running through it is a tributary of the Amazon River, which has been officially named the Quebrado (river) Christopher Parsons.

Visit our website to read the full story.

Indian Elephant Project launched at Mall Galleries 

David Shepherd, speaking at the reception.
Wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd, OBE, one of the guest speakers at the reception.

A World Land Trust Reception, held on 30 September at the Mall Galleries, London, brought together nearly a hundred WLT supporters including Patron, David Gower; Hon. Chairman, Jerry Bertrand and Rosamund Kidman Cox, Editor of BBC Wildlife magazine. The reception was held to co-incide with the Society of Wildlife Artists' annual exhibition and its President, Bruce Pearson, also a WLT supporter, introduced the guest speakers. One of the speakers, wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd, OBE, (left) spoke of the need to do everything possible to preserve wild populations of elephants and launched the new WLT Wild Lands Elephant Corridor project.

This project aims to protect an important population of elephants by addressing the problem of forest fragmentation which is a serious threat to their survival. The corridor project will link together the Siju Wildlife Sanctuary and the Rewak Reserve Forest in Meghalaya State, close to the India-Bangladesh border. To read more about this exciting new project, visit www.worldlandtrust.org/projects/india.htm. An information leaflet is also available free of charge from the WLT Office.

 

Please support this initiative by saving an acre for elephants. As with all our projects, a personalised certificate is produced for those making a donation of £25 or more. An acre of Wild Lands Elephant Corridor would make an ideal Christmas present for family and friends. Make a secure donation on our website.

Included in the Society of Wildlife Artists annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries was a WLT Exhibition featuring new Christmas Card designs as well as artwork for posters, wall charts and cards commissioned by the World Land Trust. This exhibition, which ran from 23 September – 5 October, was designed by WLT Supporter, Roger Whiteway.

John Burton, Jerry Bertrand, David Gower and Bruce Pearson, photographed in front of the World Land Trust exhibition at the Mall Gallery.
Photographed in front of the WLT Exhibition at the Mall Gallery are: Left to right: John Burton (WLT Chief Executive), Dr Jerry Bertrand (WLT Hon Chairman), David Gower, OBE (WLT Patron) and Bruce Pearson (President, SWLA).

Exhibition of Wildlife Art

From an exhibition that has just finished to one that is soon to take place: During the first week in November the World Land Trust will be opening its doors to the public to exhibit an array of wildlife art. The exhibition, held as part of the Halesworth Arts Festival, will include a range of works by renowned artists such as Bruce Pearson, Maurice Wilson, Greg Poole and Andrew Haslen. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy originals and prints and there will also be a competition with great prizes, including a large print by Bruce Pearson.

For more information and the opening times for the exhibition, see our news page.

Anteater painting by Bruce Pearson
This anteater is one of the paintings on display in our forthcoming exhibition. © Bruce Pearson

 

News in brief

Contacting the World Land Trust

If you have emailed us recently you may be aware that we have been experiencing problems with our mail server. The problem has now been solved, but if you have emailed us recently and have not received a reply, please try again and we will deal with your query as soon as possible. For more information read Dependent on the Internet in the Green Issues web log by John Burton.

On a more positive note, we now have a new, low-cost phone number: 0845 054 4422. This number is charged at a local rate and can be used nationally. Our international supporters should continue to use +44 (0) 1986 874 422.

New WLT staff

As from September we have three new staff members at the World Land Trust office: Helena Åkerlund is our new Trainee Web Manager, as mentioned above. We would also like to welcome Anne Clifford, who has joined the team as a much needed Accounts and Admin Assistant. Finally, welcome back to Molly St George, who was previously an intern with the Trust. She is now working for WLT as a Special Projects Assistant.

 

Christmas Alligator painting by Nicole St-John
Indian Elephants by Ingrid Nilsson

Order our new Christmas cards for 2003

The competition to Design a Christmas Card for the WLT, held in conjunction with BBC Wildlife, resulted in 350 entries being received from all over the world. The designs were of such a high standard that the judges found it very hard to agree on the winners. In the end two artists shared First Prize - Ingrid Nilsson from Edinburgh for her Indian Elephants design, and Nicole Saint-John from Bakersfield in California for her Christmas Alligator. These two cards are now available from the WLT office or can be ordered via the WLT website.

A legacy for wildlife

For most charities, legacies are a majort source of income. As a relatively new charity, the World Land Trust has only recently begun to benefit by legacies. Now in our 15th year, one of our earliest supporters, who sadly died last year, left one eighth of her residual estate to the Trust. This legacy of £27,000 will be of enormous benefit and help build the Trust's core reserves and will enable us to take action where it is most needed.

What better way is there of remembering a loved one, or leaving a permanent legacy to not just your family, but the entire world? A legacy can ensure the protection of real places, full of endangered species that otherwise might not survive. And your family and friends can go and actually see the place you have helped to save for future generations.

In a recent discussion with Dr Gerard Bertrand, the WLT's Honorary Chairman and one of its founding Trustees, he pointed out that in the USA many people like to make a 'living will' where they make donations during their lifetime, so that they can take an active role in the selection of the reserve and visit it, and then make a legacy to endow the land to ensure it has protection for ever. It is not an idea that is widespread in the UK, but perhaps could become so.

Please do consider a legacy or a "living will" to the WLT. If you would like to discuss this in confidence, please telephone John Burton, World Land Trust Chief Executive, at the WLT office.

You can make a secure donation on our website. Alternatively, you can donate by post or by calling the WLT office.

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