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  The Atlantic Forest Domain covers about 36% of the Minas Gerais State. Less than 4% of this area contains natural forest remnants. The region's occupation history, marked by the mining of gold, agriculture, cattle farming and, more recently, the steel industry, resulted in a highly fragmented forest landscape (most fragments have less than 50ha) interspersed with strongly modified land use types.

The RPPN-FMA represents, in this context, an important forest remnant. It is located in the municipality of Caratinga, on the left bank of the Manhuaçu River, in the Doce River basin, in the State of Minas Gerais.

With an area of 2,470 acres, it is made up of 80% well-kept forest and 20% forsaken pastures and forests in regeneration. Many neighbors have small areas of forests in their properties, adjacent to the RPPN-FMA, which totals approximately 3,740 acres of Atlantic forest in the region.

Due to the high number of endemic plants and the rich endangered fauna of birds and mammals in the area, the RPPN-FMA is considered of ‘Major Biological Importance'. Two documents warrant such classification: the 'Atlas of Biodiversity Conservation in Minas Gerais' and the study 'Assessment and Priority Actions for the Biodiversity Conservation of the Mata Atlantica and Campos Sulinos.