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.

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

  1. i don’t think it was the world’s oldest tree but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t important, we should care whether it was the oldest or just old or even just a regular tree that is important to the indigenous people, regardless this is sad news. the sight of the cut down tree made me tear up.

    • Pretty sure it is the oldest confirmed tree. As it is cut down now they can accurately count the number of rings and hence age but other still alive trees may be older but you would have to cut them down also to find out accurately. Still a huge loss for the world.

  2. Mother Nature is not happy. Mother Nature is angry, and she will cleanse herself of the virus, the parasites, called humans. I look forward to the day when Mother Nature has finally had enough, a day that is sure soon to come. When this day comes, I will be happy, for I will finally once again be a part of the stars, no more bound to this planet, full of heartless hellions who want nothing more than to rid the Universe of beautiful things. The Universe will not have it. Things just do not work like this. The beginning of the end has long since passed.

  3. Jab these loggers with sharp sticks made from this tree.

    • or start a business yourself and be able to give the illegal loggers a bigger paycheck to plant trees. That is how u win this war friends. love is key, applying love to solve problems make the problems go away faster. educate with love. and for jiminy sakes stop buying stuff. period.

    • Peter Lancaster | December 10, 2014 at 2:29 pm |

      All loggers need killing with chainsaws. I Love all Trees. I hate most of the human (disg)race.

  4. Wherever you are~ Start planting trees people. Seriously. Get out there and “illegally” start planting trees. Everywhere….
    If it’s winter where you are, start it indoors.
    We must plant so many trees that we soften the earth again.

  5. Claudia M . E. Charles van Groning | December 10, 2014 at 1:35 am | Reply

    Accidently or not. This should`ve never `ve happened.
    This happened out of one thing only and that is the disrespect towards Mother Nature and to the Creator of All Things. Nothing less and nothing else.

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