News & Updates
Childhood friends Aaron Ross and Levon Kendall formed their non-profit charitable organization, The Music Tree, to build an “inspirational organization working to foster musical and ecological growth in our communities.” The roots of The Music Tree’s vision run very deep in several ways with the Brinkman Group’s tree planting legacy.
By Dirk Brinkman, CEO and Co-Founder Brinkman Group
It is with great gratitude for the incredible individuals with which I am privileged to work, that I awoke into the first workday of 2014. By virtue of your incredible capacity, dedication, integrity and commitment, the Brinkman Group has lead local sustainable solutions over 40 some years.
By Lumi Faucher
There is no way in hell anyone else could see that truck from the road. Only a chance iPod malfunction could’ve made someone stop at that particular spot, a very dodgy curve on a relatively unsafe highway. So I head down the embankment to the horrific scene at the bottom, a destroyed vehicle with two people trapped inside. The truck had stopped on its side with a man and a woman stuck, getting eaten alive by mosquitoes and no-see-ums, injured and completely dehydrated.
By Erik Brinkman
We gathered en mass on November 19th 2013 at East and West parallel memorials, to celebrate the life of Faraz Khodabandeh. Hundreds of souls who had been touched by the inimitable energy of a rare modern renaissance man shared stories, photos and memories. This knee-buckling slideshow, Faraz Khodabandeh 1984-2013, made up of a mosaic of photos and quotes submitted by his innumerable friends and loving family was viewed at the events. Man was he ever photogenic.
By Betsy Barcus
You have braved plane travel, sloshed through torrential rains, avoided possible landslides and flooding (especially if you took the coastal highway past Parrita), and survived the famous Costa Rican roads.
Welcome to Salamá, the headquarters for our Costa Rican Operations!
By Rigoberto Dagaiza
Since 2008 BARCA Panama has supported and worked for the Embera Wounaan People in the Darien Gap. Ne-drua, (Land of Richness in Embera language), was created back in September 2009 as an economic development arm of the Congreso General Embera Wounaan, the traditional governing body of the Comarca Embera Wounaan of Darien Province. The Embera and Wounaan people are the third largest indigenous group in the Republic of Panamá, located in the eastern part of the country border with Colombia. Ne-drua Wounaan territory, called Comarca, has some 430,000 hectares, where more than 95% is pristine rain forest jungle; this is the most valuable asset the Embera and Wounaan possess today.
By Michael Nickels
Four days later we met Dirk at a camp just outside of Cassidy near Nanaimo Lakes. The following morning he took Pat and I to the clearcut block and said, "So I know you've never planted before, so here is how it is done. Follow me, pay attention and keep up!" We followed as Dirk went into Ninja-mode slicing his way like the Tasmanian Devil through bush and slash, wildly flailing his mattock.