In Cameroon's Rain Forest, a Fragile Way of Life

By James Whitlow Delano - 2014-04-03T22:22:38Z

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The proposed site of the Herakles plantation sits between two national parks, two forest reserves and one wildlife sanctuary. Herakles' original plans for a 180,599-acre concession have been mired in legal wrangling after vigorous opposition from Greenpeace and other environmental activists. In November, Cameroon's government leased roughly 49,000 acres, an area more than twice the size of Manhattan, to the project's New York-based investors.

Herakles didn't respond to numerous requests for comment. Its former chief executive, Bruce Wrobel, who had actively promoted and defended the project, resigned last summer and died in December.