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The 'port' in Pucallpa which lines the city side of a side channel of the Ucayali River, is almost exclusively dedicated to saw mills for the regional timber industry. Logs from all the surrounding areas come by river to be processed and shipped out by truck on one of the few main highways over the Andes to markets on the coast. From a March 2015 expedition in the Peruvian Amazon up the Curanja River (Rio Curanja) visiting indigenous communities and the Purús Communal Reserve (Reserva Comunal Purús) bordering the Alto Purús National Park (Parque Nacional Alto Purús) on assignment with Andrew Lawler, the Upper Amazon Conservancy, and Pro Purús for Science Magazine with support from the Pulitzer Foundation. Our goal was to look at the dynamics between local indigenous communities, Isolated Indigenous Communities ("Uncontacted" tribes or Publeos Indigeneros en Asolado or PIAs) and protected areas for cultural and environmental conservation.