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December 5, 2019

Based here, environmental group gets $1-million gift

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Actor, filmmaker and comedian Seth McFarlane made the gift to support the Rainforest Trust’s work around the globe.
Actor and filmmaker Seth MacFarlane has given $1 million to the Warrenton-based Rainforest Trust for its work to protect rainforests and tropical habitat.
 
“The science is clear on the connection between preventing deforestation and addressing the climate crisis,” Mr. MacFarlane said in a press release. “The Rainforest Trust’s commitment to protecting habitat and its inherent biodiversity is fundamentally important. I wanted to support Rainforest Trust’s direct-action approach, and I hope others will join me in supporting this crucial work.”
 
The Seth MacFarlane Foundation made the gift to Rainforest Trust’s Conservation Action Fund to support the work of establishing protected areas that prevent deforestation and protect habitat, work that is vital for the health, and the future, of the planet.
 
“Protecting intact forests is the best way to help species and our global ecosystem. Saving rainforests and tropical habitat has been our mission for more than 30 years,” Rainforest Trust Acting CEO Mark Gruin said. “We are thrilled that Seth is adding his voice in support of our work. His trust in our ability and the positive impact we make is incredibly meaningful and motivating.”
 
The Rainforest Trust’s model builds partnerships with local conservation partners to facilitate conservation from the ground up. This year, Rainforest Trust has protected rainforests across the tropics including:

• Peru – more than 100,000 acres of indigenous lands protected through land titling in the Peruvian Amazon.

• Ecuador – more than 2,000 acres of rainforest safeguarded in both the Ecuadorean Amazon and Chocó (Western slope of the Andes).

• Democratic Republic of the Congo – more than 117,000 acres in community reserves in the Congo Basin, a vast rainforest with little formal protection.
 
Mr. MacFarlane created the animated television shows Family Guy, in its 20th season, and the American Dad!, in its 14th season.

Founded in 1988, the nonprofit Rainforest Trust works to save imperiled tropical habitats and endangered species by establishing protected areas in partnership with local organizations and communities.

The organization operates from rented office space at Vint Hill.
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