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Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation

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Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation, Inc.
Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation
Map of USA with mark showing location of Ecology Crossroads
Map of USA with mark showing location of Ecology Crossroads
Richmond, Kentucky
Location of Ecology Crossroads (ECCFUS)
AbbreviationECCFUS (US) & ECCFI (INT)
NicknameEcology Crossroads
Named afterEcology at the Cross-Roads [1]
EstablishedApril 12, 1994; 30 years ago (1994-04-12)
FounderHon. David J. Wright
Founded atCommonwealth of Kentucky
Merger ofGlobcal International
TypeNonprofit, NGO, Charity
61-1259384 (IRS)
Registration no.0329183 (KYSOS)
Legal statusRegistered with UN DESA as an International Civil Society Organization (iCSO) under the name Globcal International.[2]
FocusEcosystem services, Indigenous peoples rights, Ecosystem restoration, Biodiversity conservation
Professional title
HeadquartersMadison County
ProductsInitiatives, Missions and Programs
MethodsPopular Education, Scouting, Treaties, Multilateral diplomacy, International cooperation, Public diplomacy
Col. David J. Wright
Col. Nicholas A. Wright
Col. Maria Veneke Ylikomi
Col. Godfrey Brock-Gadd
Key people
Board of Trustees
Main organ
Executive Council
SubsidiariesGlobcal International
  • Ekobius International
  • Indigenous Unity Flag
  • Huottuja Foundation
  • Theobroma Labs
  • Goodwill Ambassadors
<$50,000 USD
<$50,000 USD
Expenses>$25,000 USD
Endowment<$25,000 USD
WebsiteEcology Crossroads
Kentucky Nonprofit Corporation

Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded in Kentucky in 1994[3] to address the Earth Charter which began in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro as Agenda 21.[4] The organization made a significant impact on the American landscape between 1994 and 2000 by distributing nearly 10 million trees across the United States in a number of large scale events aimed at assisting victims of natural disasters caused by climate change related weather events. Today, according to their website the organization is dedicated to preserving biodiversity, environmental conservation and defending the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Americas through an array of programs and objectives it sponsors or manages through Globcal International[5] which became its subsidiary in 2020 when it was backflipped into Ecology Crossroads in the United States.[6]

The COVID pandemic dramatically hampered the organization's plans in 2020 and it took more than nine months to get the nonprofit status back as a charity, finally in November they could begin raising funds and accepting donations, but were still under limited public and social places amenable to any of the programs during the pandemic precautions. Finally in December of 2021, enough of the organization's credentials were returned to receive a Platinum Seal on GuideStar by Candid.

Mission Related Investments

Instead of collecting donations Ecology Crossroads called for some reorganization of membership policies with its new subsidiary to make it easier for student interns, professionals, volunteers and writers to become engaged in the Globcal International Cooperative Society which now overlaps with Ecology Crossroads providing its professional and administrative services. The Globcal International decentralized infrastructure uses Google Cloud Identity and Google for Nonprofits.

In 2021-2022 the organization worked to develop an Indigenous standard for cacao, cupuacu, medicinal plants and fair-wild collection; this led to delving deeper into the law when it was discovered that there were many more intellectual property discoveries; this has evolved to the development of carbon offset credits that can be registered as "clean development mechanisms" (CDMs) by corporations through Globcal International establishing a Mission-Related Investment and Charitable Activity Bonds to create sustainable financing for ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation. Investors are essentially leasing forest land to watch the trees, their trees.

Three Decades of History

ECCFUS (US) or ECCFI (INT) (2022) or just simply Ecology Crossroads was started to address climate-change long before the term was created.[7] It is clear the organization was developed to plant a forest of trees according to the Washington Post[8] and to serve as one responsible for delivering aid to disaster victims by helping them recover urban landscapes in the 1990s.[9] The organization was founded by Col. David Wright, an American conservationist responsible for coordinating and organizing the Earth Day Society in Delaware in 1990. Wright took up the public charge founded by Gaylord Nelson under Denis Hayes at Earth Day Headquarters in San Francisco by setting up an Earth Day campaign office with friend, Michael S. Gallagher from the University of Delaware to coordinate activities from April 22 until April 29 which reached over 800,000 people from the top to the bottom of the small state followed by a four-day exposition at the Cristiana Mall which attracted nearly 200,000.[10] His Earth Week program was started based on his connections in the state with wealthy estate owners, corporate executives and politicians after founding the Endangered Turtle Protection Foundation of the Americas in 1989[11] to protect native endangered turtle species on their estates and within the adjacent countryside of Greenville, Delaware.[12]

Community Tree Distribution Program

The organization was started by carrying on the legacy of the success Wright had in Delaware, the popularity of Earth Day and Arbor Day ideas to Kentucky, he organized similar events in 1993 in Louisville and Lexington that were not so well attended, reviewed or of much interest in the bluegrass and bourbon state. In 1994 Wright had the foresight to add natural disaster recovery efforts following ice storms, tornadoes and hurricanes, rural beautification and suburban forestry together in a perfect storm in the months following areas impacted by distributing trees. It started with ice, falling trees and the goodwill of tree farmers in Western Pennsylvania in 1994. Wright founded the organization in Lexington based on a grant he received from the City Council to distribute 100,000 tree saplings from 18-36" tall, with their support, the organization managed to recruit major sponsors and received the support of the Lexington Herald-Leader to run public service announcements in the newspaper. The organization distributed 97,000 trees and repeated the program the following weekend distributing 50,000 more.[13][14]

Defending the Right to Celebrate Arbor Day

Ecology Crossroads repeated its routine in Sewell, Southern New Jersey in the Fall which was also greatly affected by the ice-storms in 1994, the event drew people from New York, Philadelphia and Delaware having heard about it on the radio. In 1995, the organization opened an office in Delaware focusing the tree program on the ideas of Spring, urban forestry and beautification of home landscapes. The "Community Tree Distribution Program" was held in Washington DC, Baltimore, Wilmington and Philadelphia. After distributing several million trees everything was leafy for the organization until 1996 when the National Arbor Day Foundation sued Ecology Crossroads for trademark infringement after the organization launched websites using the generic TLDs and to distribute trees to anyone-anywhere under the trade names Arbor Day, Arbor Day USA and Arbor Day Free Tree Program. The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) weighed in with its opinion on May 03, 1999 calling the lawsuit frivolous and a "crying shame" favoring an positive outcome for Ecology Crossroads and the "Arbor Day Free Tree Program" it developed.

Ecology Crossroads was cornering the market on Arbor Day by using the presidentially proclaimed celebratory observance[15] from within the realm of the public domain with Arbor Day and tapping into the traditional history going back to 1872 by questioning who made the tree planting holiday a national and international concept J. Sterling Morton or Birdsey Northrup?

The lawsuit was settled when Ecology Crossroads agreed to sell the websites to the nonprofit for an undisclosed sum (<$50,000 plus court costs) and the dismissal of the case with prejudice in 1999. In 2000 some of the directors branched off to start a new program called Trees4Tomorrow in San Bernardino, California; but the program did not grow roots because of high California agricultural standards and the organization's source of trees being in Pennsylvania. Since California prefers its own trees, they were forced to hold their first program in Reno, Nevada in April.

Sacrificing the letter "S" for Kentucky Colonels

In 2020, Ecology Crossroads returned to Kentucky to make it home once again, reinstating the nonprofit and filing assumed name certificates to do business as Globcal International (established in 2009) and Kentucky Colonels International (unincorporated civil society online since 1998). Less than a month later, Ecology Crossroads found itself named in another trademark dispute, this time with the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels (HOKC) claiming that the organization was confusing its members by using the trademark KENTUCKY COLONELS both online and under Kentucky common law, after a year of litigation in the U.S. District Court the case was settled by the parties in a court ordered settlement conference, resulting in a mediated settlement agreement and permanent injunction over use of the HOKC trademark with a negotiated paragraph dedicated to the protection of the Kentucky Colonel Honorable Title. Ecology Crossroads converted the unnamed online association to Commonwealth Colonels then Kentucky Colonelcy, which since the lawsuit ended in February 2021, has become the most authoritative historical creative commons work ever prepared about the founders of Kentucky starting in 1775 and proving false the story of the aide-de-camp and the first colonel appearing in 1813. It is clear from reviewing the Kentucky Colonelcy website that Kentucky was founded by colonels and so was America, half of the Founding Fathers of the United States and signers of the Declaration of Independence held the title of colonel according to the new group, American Colonels.

See also


  1. "Ecology at the Cross-Roads". Journal of Applied Ecology. British Ecological Society. 7 (1): 11. April 1970. Unknown parameter |name= ignored (help)
  2. "United Nations Civil Society Participation (iCSO) № 649665". United Nations. 2015-12-31. Retrieved 2017-11-11.(registration required)
  3. OpenCorporates (April 12, 1994). "ECOLOGY CROSSROADS COOPERATIVE FOUNDATION (US)". OpenCorporates Database. Retrieved 2022-02-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. GuideStar. "Ecology Crossroads Cooperative Foundation - Candid". GuideStar. Candid. Retrieved 2022-02-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "Globcal International - Knowledge Panel". Google Knowledge Graph. Retrieved 2022-02-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Ecology Crossroads - Knowledge Panel". Google Knowledge Graph. Retrieved 2022-02-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Articles of Incorporation" (PDF). Kentucky Secretary of State (Constitutional Document). Secretary of State of Kentucky Corporation Register. April 12, 1994. Retrieved 2022-02-13. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  8. Bates, Steve (February 23, 1995). "Saving a Forest of Surplus Trees". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2022-02-10. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  9. "Branching Out to North Carolina". Lexington Herald-Leader (Feature article.). Gannett. October 29, 1996. p. 33. Retrieved 2022-02-11 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "Earth Expo at Christiana Mall". The News-Journal (Announcement.). Gannett. April 28, 1990. p. 5. Retrieved 2022-02-11 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "ENDANGERED TURTLE PROTECTION FOUNDATION OF THE AMERICAS :: Delaware (US)". OpenCorporates Database. August 23, 1989. Retrieved 2022-02-11. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  12. "New Group Seeks to Protect Turtles". The News-Journal. Gannett. p. 11. Retrieved 2022-02-11 – via Unknown parameter |orig-date= ignored (help); Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. "Ice Storms Could Have a Silver Lining for Trees". Lexington Herald-Leader. Gannett. April 27, 1994. p. 49. Retrieved 2022-02-11 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. "Free Trees: Community Tree Program". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. 21. Retrieved 2022-02-10 – via Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  15. "Proclamation 6554—National Arbor Day, 1993 | The American Presidency Project". Retrieved 2022-02-13.

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