Rain forest research – Wealthy donors fuel $35 million gift

Contributions by movie star Harrison Ford and other well-heeled donors have made possible a $35 million donation by Conservation International for a research center in an endangered northern Guatemalan rain forest and westlands region, the Associated Press reports.

The new center will be built in the Mayan Biosphere, Central America’s largest tropical forest and wetland area – covering an area seven times that of Yosemite National Park in the U.S.

The area is protected by Guatemalan law, AP says, but the environmental group reports signs of illegal poaching, careless tourists and slash-and-burn agriculture.

Other donors include Intel co-founder Gordon Moore and move stars Kevin Kline and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Conservation International is based in Washington, D.C.

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