Project Reserva Yumartán

In October of 2013 the OCA donated $22,000 to purchase 99 acres of land to begin Reserva Yumartán. The proposal for this nature reserve outlines the project goals.

  • In late September/early October, Peter Tobias and Steve Beckendorf, OCA directors, and Sebastian Vieira, a Colombian orchidologist from Medellin and an excellent photographer, visited the site of Reserva Yumartán. Below is a synopsis of our findings. Read the full text of our findings and rationale for funding Reserva Yumartán.
  • The land has excellent orchid biodiversity. The report from Sebastian Vieira which details the plants found in just two days of exploring. Also see Sebastian’s excellent collection of photos from our visit to the site.
  • The land will be protected by a Colombian conservation easement protecting the land from agricultural development, logging, or any non-conservation use in perpetuity.
  • The land will be managed by the Fundación Buenoy Yumartán Aldea Ecologica (Fundación BYAE), or the Buenoy Yumartán Ecological Community Foundation. The foundation is led by Camilo Barrera and his wife Tania. The foundation now has two reserves, Buenoy and Yumartán. It also has about 30 members, some of whom own other private reserves.
  • Reserva Yumartán is located south-east of the Sibundoy Valley in the canyon of the Putumayo River in southern Colombia

Location map of Reserva Yumartán south-east of the Sibundoy Valley and just north of the Putumayo River. The orange GPS track is our 11.6 mile hike to the reserve site. The green GPS track is our exploration of part of the reserve. The image is about 15 miles square.