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.
Oct 28, 2013

Consider This

Planting day, 12/2011 at Viento Fresco, Guatuso
Planting day, 12/2011 at Viento Fresco, Guatuso

We have been interested in submitting an application to the Whitley Award Foundation in the UK for a couple of years now but never got around to it. This year, in fact just four days ago, we submitted our application for the 2014 Whitley Award.

The award honors a person, that would be me, but is actually a grant for a project and the funding must be used within one year from receiving the prize. The prize is £35,000 or about $57,000 (USD).  Matt Lee, President of LRFF/US, and I worked for a couple of months on the application and in the beginning we only wanted to apply to fund the feasibility study on the forest carbon project we’ve had developed for 5 years now. But that’s only $15,000…we had to figure out some other projects to fund and voila we thought of “Reforesting Guatuso”.

The funding would be disbursed next May or June but after the finalists are announced later this year each makes a trip to the UK. If LRFF does receive notification of the prize we can get the landowners started with their nurseries at the beginning of 2014 so that planting can begin as soon as the funding is received in May or June. 

Since you are a part of this project, you’ve contributed generously and helped make it happen, I want you to consider putting this award and potential implementation of “Reforesting Guatuso” in the back of your mind, send us positive vibrations. Why, my friend, Cagan Sekercioglu has won the Whitley Award twice, in 2008 and this year he was the Gold Award winner. Number one alumnus of the award and he does the same sort of work as LRFF is doing, connecting forested areas working with local landowners for the benefit of birds, wildlife, plants and climate change mitigation.

Hey, I already feel the vibes comin’ this way.

LET’S GET PLANTING!

Quarterly inspection, 10/2013. What progress!
Quarterly inspection, 10/2013. What progress!

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Oct 24, 2013

Before and After Inspiration

Planting, December 2011, see house roof left
Planting, December 2011, see house roof left

Two weeks ago it was time for the quarterly inspection of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project. You guys remember because you helped us plant 35,000+ trees in a continuous corridor along the Sol River in partnership with different Maleku Tribe landowners. I went on October 3rd and got the most pleasant surprise. I described how I felt to my friend yesterday after he saw the before and after photos posted here. He remarked how awesome it was that I'm able to witness the change up close and personal and I told him that it was so awesome I could scream but people wouldn't understand. He answered that he would. :) 

And hey, blessed people, I do scream from the hillside up there where it's only the birds, me and Jimmy looking down on this majestic natural ecosystem WE, you, me and everyone who supports LRFF, are responsible for creating.

We planted 14,000+ trees and over 110 species here from nurseries created and tended by 14 different Maleku families in the village of Tonjibe. It's full of birds and evidence everywhere of wildlife living there, in less than two years

Be sure to watch the short video of this quarterly inspection at this link, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDLg6b9JZ8Q

Thank you, because of you we KEEP PLANTING! LOOK AT THE RESULTS!

Same spot, see the top of house roof? TREES, TREES
Same spot, see the top of house roof? TREES, TREES
Guayacon tree at Marvin
Guayacon tree at Marvin's, one of my favorites

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Oct 9, 2013

BIG News At Marvin's

December 2011, crew planting, see house on left
December 2011, crew planting, see house on left

Last Thursday, October 3, 2013, we performed the latest quarterly inspection of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project of which “38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku” is a part. In case you don’t remember LRFF planted about 17,000 trees of over 110 species on 14 hectares (35 acres) of this property owned by Marvin Castro in Viento Fresco at the Maleku Reserve in Guatuso, Costa Rica.

Here is a link to the video that I made while up at the property last Thursday http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDLg6b9JZ8Q&feature=em-upload_owner. I was so inspired by the progress of the reforested area that I documented it almost entirely on video. We show the different types of Cacao we planted here and the sheer lushness of the new forest, filled with life.

As we climbed up the hill where we planted in December 2011 my friend and LRFF’s field director, Jimmy Acosta, mentioned taking a photo from the same exact place during the planting. He searched through his little phone and found it. By looking at it we could situate ourselves almost perfectly in the same exact spot to capture an awesomely, inspirational set of before and after photos. They are included here.

Now we need to help the Maleku purchase back the reforested farm from Marvin Castro who isn’t a Maleku tribe member. This is the plight of the Maleku. The Tribal Council is working to recuperate their legal territory but the Costa Rican government doesn’t help them even though all the reserve lands (3000 hectares or 9000 acres)have been decreed theirs. The only way to move most of the non-indigenous landowners out is to buy back the land. Hopefully this report and the amazing photos showing just how quickly the carbon sequestering forests can be restored will urge you to act today. Share this project with friends and family, give us a leg up, if you can’t personally contribute. The well-being of indigenous people is our future and responsibility.

LET’S GET PLANTING!!

October 2013, two years later, only roof visible
October 2013, two years later, only roof visible

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