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ASRI (Alam Sehat Lestari) conservation director Dika in ASRI's nursery

Reforestation Efforts that Really Work

As Indonesia’s forests vanish from logging and fires, the future of our planet continues to hang in the balance. Reforestation can go a long way to solve this problem. Reforestation, however, is not just a matter of planting trees. When you learn about the challenges in research and monitoring, and … Read More

Turning Debt into Forests

I remember the first time I ever saw a patient pay for medical care with tree seedlings at the ASRI Clinic. Pak Hamsu, a patient from the village of Laman Satong where our main reforestation site is located, had amassed medical bills totaling over $375 at the ASRI Clinic after he had … Read More

A Hospital That Saves Lives…And Trees

An open invitation to the villages calling all loggers for hire for construction on ASRI’s new Community Hospital Training Center (CHTC) is taking sustainable construction to the next level. Well before ASRI broke ground on the CHTC, the staff had made sure to include a clause stating they will hire 40% of … Read More

Amir Mahmud, Forest Guardian near Sukadana, West Kalimantan, Borneo

Faces of the Forest

Throughout this week, we featured the stories of four Forest Guardians who are committed to the program and protecting the rain forest. You can find their individual stories on our Facebook: Wawan, Amir, Samsu, and Ridwan. Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram to see campaigns like these in the future. #FacesOfTheForest On September 21st, 32 of 34* … Read More

What Makes Gunung Palung National Park Worth Saving?

When emergency responders arrive at a mass casualty scene, they perform rapid triage: determining who stands a chance of survival, and who does not. The decisions are difficult, but critical. You do not commit four rescuers to a lost cause when they could be saving several others who stand a … Read More

organic farmer in field near Gunung Palung National Park

3 Hidden Dangers of Slash-and-Burn Farming Techniques

Slash and Burn farming techniques are known for their destructive qualities, but rainforest conservationists are finding more dangers that threaten the health of this fragile environment. In Indonesia, some farming takes place in areas that have been cleared by slash and burn practices. This technique involves cutting trees and vegetation … Read More

Ibu Hamisah

Sometimes All You Need Is a Pair of Ducks

Sometimes you start things but you have no idea where they will go. That is what happened when we hired Ibu Hamisah to be one of our village health workers six years ago. She was a shy woman from a village about half an hour away from our clinic who … Read More

Re-greening Laman Satong: Life in the Least Expected Places

It’s the end of the rainy season here in West Kalimantan, and the hundreds of newly planted seedlings in the village of Laman Satong are soaking up the last few rainstorms before their upcoming battles with drought and weeds during the dry season. This batch of seedlings is being helped … Read More

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