Alto Mayo Protection Forest (Peru)

Alto Mayo Protection Forest (Peru)

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The Alto Mayo Protection Forest is an area of protected forest land in northern Peru. This area preserves a portion of the tropical yungas forest in the upper Mayo River basin while protecting soil and water from erosion by deforestation. The area is the water supply for populations in the Mayo valley.

The Alto Mayo Protection Forest is an area of protected forest land in northern Peru. It is located in Rioja and Moyobamba provinces within the region of San Martin, with a small part in Rodriguez de Mendoza province, in the region of Amazonas. The Alto Mayo Protection Forest protects part of the Peruvian Yungas ecoregion.

This area preserves a portion of the tropical yungas forest in the upper Mayo River basin, while protecting soil and water from erosion by deforestation. The area is the water supply for populations in the Mayo valley.

This is a mountainous area, as it is located in the eastern part of the Andes, featuring slope grades greater than 70% in some parts. The area and its surroundings are part of the river Mayo upper watershed and eleven of the Mayo's main tributaries originate within the Alto Mayo Protected Forest.

The protected area covers 1,820 sq km (702 sq mi) of forest land along the upper River Mayo basin. The protected area also covers part of Moyobamba district within the province of Moyobamba; Rioja, Elias Soplin Vargas, Nueva Cajamarca, Awajun and Pardo Miguel districts within the province of Rioja; and a small part of the Vista Alegre district, within the province of Rodriguez de Mendoza, in the neighboring region of Amazonas.