Macedonia Farm (Private Natural Reserve)

MacedoniaFotoLocated on the right bank of Doce River in the counties of Bugre and Ipaba, east of Minas Gerais, the Farm has an overall area of approximately three thousand hectares, out of which around 50% are native forests. In the remaining area, eucalyptus reforestation projects are implemented using the latest techniques in order to maximize wood production while keeping the environment production capability.

We find at Macedonia Farm one of the most important remnants of the Atlantic Forest in the state of Minas Gerais. Part of it (560 hectares) was declared a Private Natural Reserve (RPPN) by IBAMA (the Brazilian Environmental Institute) through the decree no. 111 of October 14, 1994.

A pioneering project named Mutum Project is carried out at Macedonia Farm since 1990 to reintroduce native bird species in danger of extinction in a joint work with CRAX – Wildlife Reproduction Research Society (Sociedade do Manejo e Reprodução da Fauna Silvestre) in the frame of a technical cooperation agreement. Since its beginning this Project has enabled the release of a number of bird species, like the curassow (Craxblumembachii), tinamou (Tinamus solitarius), spot-winged wood-quail (Odontophorus capueira), yellow-legged tinamou (Crytpturellus n. noctivagus), Inhambuaçu (Crytpturellus obsoletus), dusky-legged guan (Penelope obscura) and piping guan (Pipile jacutinga).

Macedonia Farm is a hallmark for CENIBRA and the local communities in terms of environment preservation and sustainable use of natural resources.