News & Updates

Life First: Thank You for Looking After One Another in 2016

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Thank you for being with us in 2016. Thank you for taking care of each other. Thank you for being responsible for those who work with us and being responsible for our common environment, the living biosphere.

From Paris to Earth Day

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Earth Day 2016 - Baba Brinkman

Trees as fountains in slow motion on UN’s International Day of Forests

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March 20th is UN International Forest Day, a celebration of this world’s slow-flowing green fountains.

The First Planting Contract: Up The Wildhorse in 1970

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By Dirk Brinkman

August 1970, fighting fire as a faller north of Golden, I strapped the slashing contractor whose crew started the fire onto the helicopter skid after a fallen tree cracked his cervical vertebrae-- wiring his hardhat to the stretcher basket as a windfairing to protect him on the long flight to Nelson over the Purcell Mountains. Nearly bankrupt for having to fight the fire with his whole crew on his payroll, he was worrying about the bill for all of the timber burnt when he had his accident. Later that week i took a fall climbing. At that moment I truly met Ted Davis, whose climbing caution i had initially misread as timidness, and suddenly realized was expertize.

Renewing Costa Rica's Rainforests: Growing and Planting Native Species

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By Ricardo Luján

Hola mis amigos! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Ricardo Lujan. Since 1996 I have had the honour of being the Chief Forester for BARCA, Brinkman’s Central American division. I live in the sunny and rainy South of Costa Rica (Perez Zeledón) and travel routinely between Costa Rica and Panama overseeing quality and silvicultural best practices throughout our suite of diverse projects.

 

Dirk's 2014 Greeting of Gratitude: Building an Ecological Civilization

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By Dirk Brinkman, CEO and Co-Founder Brinkman Group

It is with great gratitude for the incredible individuals with which I am privileged to work, that I awoke into the first workday of 2014. By virtue of your incredible capacity, dedication, integrity and commitment, the Brinkman Group has lead local sustainable solutions over 40 some years.

Welcome to Costa Rica: ¡BIENVENIDOS A BARCA!

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By Betsy Barcus

You have braved plane travel, sloshed through torrential rains, avoided possible landslides and flooding (especially if you took the coastal highway past Parrita), and survived the famous Costa Rican roads.

Welcome to Salamá, the headquarters for our Costa Rican Operations!

Harvesting a Natural Resource to Save it: BARCA and the Comarca Embera Wounann in the Darian Province of the Republic of Panama

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By Rigoberto Dagaiza

Since 2008 BARCA Panama has supported and worked for the Embera Wounaan People in the Darien Gap. Ne-drua, (Land of Richness in Embera language), was created back in September 2009 as an economic development arm of the Congreso General Embera Wounaan, the traditional governing body of the Comarca Embera Wounaan of Darien Province. The Embera and Wounaan people are the third largest indigenous group in the Republic of Panamá, located in the eastern part of the country border with Colombia. Ne-drua Wounaan territory, called Comarca, has some 430,000 hectares, where more than 95% is pristine rain forest jungle; this is the most valuable asset the Embera and Wounaan possess today.