The Upper Mamoní Valley watershed’s 11,500 hectares (28,400 acres) defines the territory of the Mamoní Valley Preserve. In support of the Mamoni Valley Preserve, The Mamoní 100 has undertaken a project to map the entire valley, using air and satellite imagery, remote sensing and GPS mapping along with historical and digital property records. Almost half of the Valley (4500 hectares ) is currently owned by Mamoni Valley Preserve Association Members – with membership area growing!
Current title research indicates that all of the land in the Valley is privately held or claimed by individuals or corporations, with common areas and state owned facilities in the four small villages in the Valley: San Jose de Madroño, El Valle, La Zahina, and Mamoní Arriba. Most of the Valley’s small 500-person population lives in these towns or along the road between them, working their own lands or those of absentee landowners for economic sustenance.
Our ongoing mapping efforts have resulted in comprehensive maps across the entire valley depicting the roads, waterways, villages, property boundaries and owners of roughly half of the Valley’s total area.
Click here for an interactive map showing the progress of our mapping.
Here is a brief listing of the landowners in the Valley who have joined the Mamoní Valley Preserve Association. The property locations of each can be seen by clicking on individual parcels in the interactive map.
Earth Train operates a training facility, Centro Mamoní, on 326 hectares of forested lands in the northeastern portion of the Valley. The facility has a roofed structure for cooking/dining/meetings, several roofed huts for sleeping, a barn, toilets and showers, a vegetable garden, and a swimming pool, with fast access to old growth forest and the Continental Divide.
The Mamoní 100 owns 3,450 hectares, with properties throughout the Valley. Most landholdings are concentrated near the Valley’s Eastern entrance and in the upper watersheds along the Continental Divide. There are currently no permanent structures on this land, other than a concrete storage shed and a jungle cabaña for silvopastoral operations at the company’s nursery in the eastern portion of the Valley – a few kilometers from the villages of San Jose de Madroño and El Valle. The Mamoní 100 is leading the charge in mapping all Valley farms and updating satellite and aerial photograph imagery.
Forest Finance currently owns 120 hectares of forest and native species timber plantations in the Valley near San Jose de Madroño. It continues expanding its presence in the Valley with recent land acquisitions and reforestation with native tropical hardwoods and genetically improved acacia trees.
Finca Madroño is a 320 hectare farm owned by Oscar and Yolanda Monteza, who have owned this property for the past 47 years and have protected hundreds of hectares of native forests while conducting extensive native species reforestation and agricultural experimentation on their lands.
CREA is a Panamanian/US non-profit organization that owns and manages the 410 hectare Cocobolo Nature Reserve in the heart of the Mamoni Valley. CREA continues to expand its campus with improvements to its main open-air rancho in support of its ongoing conservation biology education programs at the Preserve.
Kaminando, owns to remote parcels in the Mamoní Valley conducting research of jaguar habitats and movements. It was established in 2014 to protect the threatened tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forest biome and its biodiversity in Panama.