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Bette Stockbauer delivered a PowerPoint presentation profiling Sebastian’s conservation work at the Lindbergh 75th Anniversary
Celebration at Little Falls, MN.

DNA research for mosquito control, safe pesticide production, teaching paper making in the Amazon for the preservation of indigenous cultures, detection of particulates in jet exhaust and a project for de-inking paper. One afternoon session brought together several scientists who are working on water purification and pollution detection issues.

Bette Stockbauer, co-director of the ABCP, spoke about our work with Sebastian in implementing the Lindbergh Foundation Grant.

Anne and Charles Lindbergh were passionate about aviation because they were convinced that it would be a key force in uniting the nations of the world. But during their many decades of flying to open up new air routes they were witness to a far less beneficent effect of globalization, environmental destruction on a previously unprecedented scale.

Beginning in the 1960’s they became equally strong proponents for environmental preservation, supporting a wide variety of conservation measures and speaking of the importance of preserving a balance between technology and the environment.

Lindbergh was influenced to take action in 1964, after he went on safari in Africa with Ian Grimwood, the chief game warden of Kenya, and became aware of the widespread destruction of habitat and wildlife throughout Africa.

Writing of his experience in Africa, Lindbergh said: "Lying under an acacia tree with the sounds of the dawn around me, I

 In Memorium
Joachim Chuwa

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of Joachim Chuwa, Sebastian’s beloved brother and close companion.

Joachim died on June 9, 2002 in an automobile accident caused by a driver who was driving under the influence of alcohol. He supported Sebastian in all of his conservation work and assisted him particularly with photographing many of the environmental events which Sebastian organized.

Joachim was born June 15, 1951. He is survived by his wife, Calista, and six children.

realized more clearly facts that man should never overlook: that the construction of an airplane, for instance, is simple when compared to the evolutionary achievement of a bird; that airplanes depend upon an advanced civilization, and that where civilization is most advanced, few birds exist. I realized that if I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes."

The Lindbergh Foundation was founded in 1977, three years after his death and the 50th anniversary of his flight across the Atlantic.

Today the Lindbergh Foundation, headed by the Lindbergh’s youngest daughter, Reeve Lindbergh, author of children’s books and memoirs about her family, is carrying through on this work. The concept of balance between technology and environment is still the philosophical underpinning of the organization.

Our Lindbergh-sponsored grant has given great impetus to our work and it is a pleasure and an honor to be affiliated with such a progressive and compassionate organization.

 Wood Artisans of East Africa

The woodcarvers of eastern Africa have been dependent on African blackwood for many generations. Using handtools such as adzes, rasps and saws these artists produce highly creative sculptures based on subject matter from both the natural and supernatural world.

"I realized that if I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes."

Charles A. Lindbergh

Did you know?

• The African blackwood tree takes 100-200 years to reach a harvestable size.

• There are many areas in Tanzania where mpingo is now extinct.

• Africa is the only continent in which the standard of living is expected to decrease during the next century and Tanzania has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the world —$240 per year. Extreme poverty often leads to increased dependence on natural resources and can have devastating effects on the natural environment.

• Within Africa, widespread fires that are set for brush control and agricultural clearing are destroying mpingo seedlings which are not fire resistant until they are about 2 years old. Fire may be affecting mature trees too, because instrument manufacturers report an increasing number of instrument blanks blowing apart on the lathe as they are milled and they attribute this to tiny cracks in the wood.

• Charcoal making is a growing industry in Africa because it is widely used in large cities for cooking and heating. Mpingo is a preferred species for this use because of its density.

• Many musicians and woodturners think there is no substitute for mpingo.

• Because of splits, bark intrusions, knots and imperfections, up to 90% of a harvested mpingo tree is often wasted in milling instrument-quality blanks.

• Many mpingos harvested for woodwind manufacture are left in the field to decay because their heartwood is lighter in color than is generally considered desirable.

• In Kenya, Dalbergia melanoxylon is commercially extinct and the Kenya carving groups have to import African blackwood or use alternative woods.




ABCP Website maintained by James E. Harris, 2000.
Last revised 21 Apr 2008.