LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- Funds collected at this summer’s Forecastle Festival have enabled a local non-profit organization to give thousands of dollars to help support conservation projects in Kentucky and Brazil.
The Forecastle Foundation donated nearly $30,000 to organizations that focus on protecting the world's natural and fragile habitats.
The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust received $14,000 to contribute towards the Pine Mountain Project, which is the largest landscape level project ever in the state. The project works to preserve and restore an area that serves as a migration path and refuge for hundreds of species, some of which are only found in Kentucky, according to a press release.
Greg Abernathy, assistant director of KNLT, said the donation will help fund the effort to protect the Pine Mountain Wildlife Corridor, a critical migratory route in southeastern Kentucky.
“The commitment of the Forecastle foundation is impressive and its efforts are truly helping protect biodiversity around the world,” he said.
The donation will, specifically, allow the organization to purchase, with intent to protect, nearly 28 acres of land in the Pine Mountain Corridor.
The migratory corridor serves as a pathway for neotropical species, some en route to another region the Forecastle Foundation is aimed at protecting
The Guayaki Foundation, geared towards empowering indigenous communities in Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay to regenerate and protect the Atlantic Rainforest, is the recipient of the remaining funds from the Forecastle Foundation.
The donations will help the efforts of restoration, preservation and long-term stewardship of 3,000 acres of South American Rainforest in the Mangueirinha Indigenous Reserve in Parana, Brazil.
JK McKnight, chairman of the board for the Forecastle Foundation, said working with the two environmentally motivated organizations, the Kentucky Lands Trust and the Guayaki Foundation, over the past year has been incredibly inspiring.
“We’re making an impact in two regions that really need our help,” he said.
McKnight said he plans on continuing the partnership for the foreseeable future.