Loggers Accidentally Cut Down World’s Oldest Tree in Amazon Forest

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Illegal loggers at the frontier of the Peruvian and Brazilian border have mistakenly cut down what experts claim is the world’s oldest tree after allegedly not noticing they were logging deeply in Matsés Indigenous Reserve, an area where logging is illegal, infuriating local conservation organizations and native indigenous communities.

The giant Samauma tree that is thought to be over 5,800 years old judging on its concentric rings and estimated to be close to 40 meters in height was a major part of the native tribes cultural landscape, countless generations of natives having witnessed the long duration of the tree and having included it in their own culture.

«It is the Mother spirit of the rainforest, from this spirit-tree came the life force of all things living. They have destroyed Aotlcp-Awak, they have brought darkness upon not only our people, but the whole world» explains local tribesman leader Tahuactep of the Matsés tribe.

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Native communities alarmed local media outlets and conservation groups when Aotlcp-Awak, or Mother tree in local dialects, was reported sawed down by heavy machinery

«For many generations, the Mother tree has brought my people health and good fortune. The roots of the Mother tree spread throughout the rainforest and bring its life spirit to the world. What will be left of the animals, of the plants and of our people now that the Mother spirit is gone» asks Kalahuaptl, a local shaman. «They have murdered the Mother spirit knowingly, they have done this to kill our people and take the spoils of the land» he adds, visibly shaken by the destruction of the millennia-old Samauma tree.

Anna Golding, local researcher for non profit organization and conservancy group Rainforest Protection Coalition (RPC), an initiative stemming from Berkeley University in California, believes the ‘incident’ was intentionnal. « There are large portions of this national reserve that are rich in oil and natural gas. There has been committed action by energy corporations to lobby the government to exploit the area for years. The protected zones have been cut in half over the past decade and this is only their latest attempt to get rid of the local populations who are fighting to preserve their cultural heritage and lifestyle» she admits.

«These actions are clearly perpetrated with the consent of local authorities and the government. If this wasn’t the case, why are local enforcement agencies not prosecuting these corporations? Why are these loggers free to keep doing what they are doing? That is the bigger question» she adds.

Between 1991 and 2014, the total area of forest lost in the Amazon has more than tripled, with most of the lost forest becoming pasture for cattle. Rainforests are the richest places on earth holding the majority of the planet’s biodiversity, yet 100 acres of rainforests are cleared every minute, estimates a recent 2014 World Resources Institute report.

9 Comments on "Loggers Accidentally Cut Down World’s Oldest Tree in Amazon Forest"

  1. this was obviously no accident. this was an act of war.

    • In order for the planet to be saved, we need to fight all deforestation…the trees provide the oxygen we breathe….spending billions to send a few people to Mars will not save the earth, but I guess they already know that, hence the expedited need to seek other planets to inhabit, dominate, and destroy.

  2. Accident my shiny hiney. Those who did this need to lose EVERYTHING they own.

    • Lol, “My shiny hiney” I haven’t heard that one before!
      I think someone should be held accountable for this awful crime..

  3. Have these a$$holes even *seen* Ferngully?

    Or Avatar?

  4. I always knew that world destruction would begin in Peru…

    • World destruction actually starts in first world counties with over population and ever increasing demands for food. The land is cleared so that cows can be raised and will eventually end up in your cardboard box of Big Mac!

    • World destruction starts with every single person, 1st 2nd and 3rd world residents who treat the earth with anything other than love.
      The world was being destroyed as soon as a man was put on this planet

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