La Reserva Forest Foundation

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a Costa Rican non-profit, tax exempt foundation working to restore and preserve native tropical forests, dedicated to creating "tree bridges" linking isolated forest islands using volunteers and the local school communities, and fighting global warming through various carbon neutral projects.
May 14, 2015

Closing out the Project 38 Hectares

We at La Reserva want to take this moment to thank all of the donors who contributed support to the project “38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku”. Unfortunately this project has been posted on the Global Giving website for several years now and we are no closer to getting the project funded. At this time we feel it is best to close the project listing and direct the funding to another equally worthy project. We feel your support is better used consolidated into another project that has a chance of getting implemented within a reasonable time frame. Our organization continues to work with the Maleku and advocate for indigenous rights. It’s through global awareness and directed resources to these communities that provides opportunities for them to continue to practice their cultural and economic traditions. Oftentimes these communities are forgotten or so far afield that people don’t take notice of their plight. We want to draw attention to how social and environmental justice should be focused on indigenous communities’ rights to the land and the forest. The project “38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku” was a small step in the direction towards remediating past wrongs suffered by the Maleku tribe. La Reserva Forest Foundation will nurture our partnership with the Maleku and find other means of elevating their rights and livelihood, to create and promote an inclusive world where all communities are acknowledged.

Thank you again to all of the dedicated supporters and believers in the work La Reserva Forest Foundation does to address global climate change and protect and restore forests in the tropics. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me personally at matt@lrff.org.

Apr 14, 2015

Kids 4 Our World = Heroes

One of the schoolchildren at the Delicias primary
One of the schoolchildren at the Delicias primary

In our last report we talked about Miguel who is 14 years old and has been working to reforest the world since he was 7. He collaborated earlier on with Trees for the Future and is responsible for funding and planting over 14,000 trees so far. As you will recall Miguel is also Founder and President of his own non-profit organization, Kids 4 Our World.

They have chosen this project, “For the Monkeys and 60 School Children” as the cause for their fundraising campaign. They have built a brand new website for their group and added a special page for them at our new website as well, where they can receive donations separately.
The wonderful news we have today is that through numerous fund raising projects in the San Diego area, the Kids 4 Our World group has successfully raised all the remaining money to fully fund this project.  Plans are being finalized for 13 ambassadors and their chaperones to visit Costa Rica in July, 2015 when they will  begin gathering trees for the nursery with finalized planting completed in December, 2015 by Costa Rican children living near the new forest.
 
Through your kind donations and the hard work of all, especially the Kids 4 Our World, we are proud to announce a new forest of 1,600 trees will be created to benefit the monkeys, the children and the future health of our world.  This will decrease the effects of global warming and restore the nearly 90% of tropical Rainforest that has been lost. Through these efforts we will be providing oxygen and reducing the effects of global warming while protecting the native species of plants and animals.
Furthermore, we will be educating local indigenous children to maintain the rainforest, create awareness and care for their environment for generations to come. This project will introduce an Eco-friendly technology such as the "Soccket Ball" to the native Maleku Indians. This innovative technology will combine the popular sport of soccer and humanitarian efforts to provide much needed electricity for Native Maleku Indians while teaching and creating awareness of the importance of protecting our environment for future generations.

 

Nursery like the K4OW volunteers will create
Nursery like the K4OW volunteers will create
Planting the adjacent property, July 2014
Planting the adjacent property, July 2014

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Apr 14, 2015

Make a difference-today.

Local artisan, Amanda (Necase) Acosta @ workshop
Local artisan, Amanda (Necase) Acosta @ workshop

Make a difference—today. Donate to La Reserva Forest Foundation (LRFF) to give a new lease to life in the deforested parklands of the Rio Sol Bio Corridor in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. In 2011, we successfully raised funds to put over 35,000 new trees in the ground. Our newest objective is to add value to this tree count by nursing and planting 3,500 native fruit-, seed-, and nut-bearing trees. With holistic forest management approaches, we hope to augment the 2011 planting project with 100 unique tree species, distributed over nearly 3.5 hectares.

For generations, this new agroforestry project will contribute nutritional and medicinal value to indigenous Costa Rican citizens, especially the tribeswomen and men of the Maleku (Vinding et al., 1998). More trees will also increase local habitat for important forest-dwelling animals, increase connectivity between habitats, water retention volumes, and topsoil (Paquette and Messier, 2010). Ecosystem-degrading erosion and environemtnal pressureswill fall, and a sustainable forest life can proceed, care-free, in bloom. Help us meet – or better, exceed – this goal, and contribute to an important reforestation initiative supporting traditional, rural Costa Rican livelihoods and socially-responsible community development.

Since 2007, La Reserva has allied with the Earth’s most important life-giving ecosystems: the tropical rainforests. In our mission to boost Costa Rica’s global leadership in sustainability (Harvard, 2008), we have designed and implemented many regional-scale reforestation projects, invigorating hundreds of hectares of clear-cut forest and disseminating – like seeds – a message of growth, stability, and biological resilience.

Each year, La Reserva continues to broaden its reach and resources, boost its brand, and advance its reforestation services. With the help of our indigenous arborists, organizers, and educators, as well as our pro bono partner consultants, we are gaining serious momentum. Help us maintain it; every dime counts. Your donation will financially go a long way toward meeting our organization goals, continuing routine tree nursery maintenance and plantings, developing and enhancing education outreach initiatives, and mobilizing a global citizenry around core social, economic, and environmental values.

In an age of interconnectedness, offering our love, kindness, and allegiance to Earth’s natural allies has never been more vital. As the planet gains weight, its temperature steadily rises, and deforestation persists on the scale of continents, we cannot proceed listlessly, without genuine purpose. In the light of the heat, now is our time to reassess: to imagine the possibility, and speed, for realizing a low-carbon economy. La Reserva Forest Foundation welcomes you to support our work, and we are indelibly grateful to those who have already. Donate today, become a sustained member, and never regret your place on the right side of history.

          —Z. H. Anthony

 

References:

 

Harvard University. 2008. “Costa Rica take carbon neutrality challenge.” Harvard University Center for the Environment, Cambridge, Mass. Online.

 

Paquette, A. and C. Messier. 2010. The role of plantations in managing the world’s forests in the Anthropocene. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 8: 27–34. Online.

 

Vinding, D., A. Gray, A. Parellada. 1998. From Principles to Practice: Indigenous Peoples and Biodiversity Conservation in Latin America. International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA). pp. 234-37. Print.

Maleku family demonstrating tribal cultures
Maleku family demonstrating tribal cultures

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