Welcome to Conserve Natural Forests

Conserve Natural Forests (CNF) is a non-profit NGO based in the Pai District of Mae Hong Son in Northern Thailand. Our mission is to restore natural forest landscapes throughout Thailand in ways that protect and enhance biodiversity, self-regulate landscape ecological processes, and improve the livelihoods of local communities in the long term. Our work would not be possible without the invaluable support of the local community and Thai government, and we are thankful for their help and the help of other like-minded individuals who have facilitated our development these past years. If you would like to know more, we encourage you to book a trip to our project site or sign up for our mailing list. Thank you for visiting us!

OUR PRIORITIES

FOREST RESTORATION

CNF strives to meet global biodiversity and climate change mitigation targets in ways that sustain or improve local livelihoods.  This includes the preservation of local old-growth forests and restoration of degraded landscapes. We also work with local communities to promote agroforestry and other sustainable farming practices through education, training, and capacity-building. With the help of our friends, we work year-round throughout Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai Provinces to rebuild the beautiful and biodiverse tropical forests of Northern Thailand.

FOREST RESTORATION

CNF strives to meet global biodiversity and climate change mitigation targets in ways that sustain or improve local livelihoods.  This includes the preservation of local old-growth forests and restoration of degraded landscapes. We also work with local communities to promote agroforestry and other sustainable farming practices through education, training, and capacity-building. With the help of our friends, we work year-round throughout Mae Hong Son and Chiang Mai Provinces to rebuild the beautiful and biodiverse tropical forests of Northern Thailand.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

A forest is more than just the trees – it is a complex tapestry spun by a dizzying array of plants, animals, insects, fungi, and bacteria. Thailand is a biodiversity hotspot and we would like to keep it that way – that’s why the methods we use promote functional diversity and species recruitment. Some animals – like elephants – play an integral role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.We work with a broad coalition – including the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, and more – to return these keystone species to protected areas where they can nurture the forest in ways we never could.

WILDLIFE CONSERVATION

A forest is more than just the trees – it is a complex tapestry spun by a dizzying array of plants, animals, insects, fungi, and bacteria. Thailand is a biodiversity hotspot and we would like to keep it that way – that’s why the methods we use promote functional diversity and species recruitment. Some animals – like elephants – play an integral role in maintaining healthy ecosystems.We work with a broad coalition – including the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, and more – to return these keystone species to protected areas where they can nurture the forest in ways we never could.

LOCAL LIVELIHOODS

One organisation is not enough to sustain significant, long-lasting change – we cannot overstate the importance of working with the local community toward sustainable development and environmental awareness. We host several large-scale tree planting events each year with the support of the Pai community. We also donate our seedlings for a variety of causes including land retention, watershed improvement, and urban greenery, and work with nearby villages regarding sustainable agriculture and agroforestry through education and capacity building. We also invite local primary and secondary students to our project site in order to provide education and cultivate empathy towards the environment among the people for whom climate change will matter most.

LOCAL LIVELIHOODS 

One organisation is not enough to sustain significant, long-lasting change – we cannot overstate the importance of working with the local community toward sustainable development and environmental awareness. We host several large-scale tree planting events each year with the support of the Pai community. We also donate our seedlings for a variety of causes including land retention, watershed improvement, and urban greenery, and work with nearby villages regarding sustainable agriculture and agroforestry through education and capacity building. We also invite local primary and secondary students to our project site in order to provide education and cultivate empathy towards the environment among the people for whom climate change will matter most.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Our land is a place where honest questions are met with honest answers. By joining us for a day on our project site, you will participate in a unique experience which combines education about Thailand’s tropical ecosystems with an opportunity to give back by planting a tree and learning about low-impact travel. It’s important to understand the diverse impacts – both positive and negative – that tourism may generate for local people and local ecosystems, and what we can do to minimize our travel footprint. We believe that education and awareness are critically important to a more fulfilling travel experience, whether here in Thailand or anywhere else.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

Our land is a place where honest questions are met with honest answers. By joining us for a day on our project site, you will participate in a unique experience which combines education about Thailand’s tropical ecosystems with an opportunity to give back by planting a tree and learning about low-impact travel. It’s important to understand the diverse impacts – both positive and negative – that tourism may generate for local people and local ecosystems, and what we can do to minimize our travel footprint. We believe that education and awareness are critically important to a more fulfilling travel experience, whether here in Thailand or anywhere else.

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Forests supply a wealth of essential services that we depend upon, including cleaner air, purified water, and healthier soil. Forests prevent erosion, protect our communities from landslides, flooding, avalanches, and other natural hazards. They beautify and enrich the landscapes that we hold sacred. They provide us with medicines and food and shelter, they keep us warm and fashion our tools and build the bedframe and our favorite chair, the roof and the walls and the foundation. For as long as we have been here, forests have nourished and sustained us. CNF is working to uncover the ties that bind us to nature and target our reforestation work to areas that provide multiple benefits.

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

Forests supply a wealth of essential services that we depend upon, including cleaner air, purified water, and healthier soil. Forests prevent erosion, protect our communities from landslides, flooding, avalanches, and other natural hazards. They beautify and enrich the landscapes that we hold sacred. They provide us with medicines and food and shelter, they keep us warm and fashion our tools and build the bedframe and our favorite chair, the roof and the walls and the foundation. For as long as we have been here, forests have nourished and sustained us. CNF is working to uncover the ties that bind us to nature and target our reforestation work to areas that provide multiple benefits.

OUR NETWORK

Want to find out more? Send us a message!

Want to contribute to our cause?

Conserve Natural Forests was built and continues to grow thanks to the generosity of like-minded people who support our work. We would not be where we are today without their help. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute toward restoring Thailand’s beautiful ecosystems and saving endangered species, please consider donating to one of our projects.

Want to contribute to our cause?

Conserve Natural Forests was built and continues to grow thanks to the generosity of like-minded people who support our work. We would not be where we are today without their help. If you would like to know more about how you can contribute toward restoring Thailand’s beautiful ecosystems and saving endangered species, please consider donating to one of our projects.

Want to find out more? Send us a message!

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