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.
Jun 20, 2013

LRFF To The Rescue!

Give Back with Strack
Give Back with Strack

This project is now funded. :)) Thank you for your generous contributions to "For The Monkeys". Below is the story about how this project and two others LRFF had on GlobalGiving were instantly funded. Read on.....

Announcing the partnership of Strack Transportation and La Reserva Forest Foundation.

Restoring tropical forests for ALL life! 

Zoe spent two months at La Reserva in Costa Rica rehabilitating after being electrocuted on power lines. Matt and Mia visited during that time and we all agreed, Zoe is the “Ride with Strack and Give Back” initiative’s most awesome mascot. She is now free in the forest at La Reserva. The entire reforestation project is being financed by a small surcharge Matt has added to each of his clients ride. They're happy about it. 

At Elias Cruz’s "For The Monkeys" project three different species of monkeys are trying to survive in a narrow tree corridor along the Guacalillo River.

You see them in the below photos…baby Mantled-howler Monkey, Spider Monkey and the White-faced or Capuchin monkey.

Fear not, the “Ride with Strack Initiative” will increase their habitat by 6 hectares (18 acres). 

Another project, "Rio Sol, Across the River" is included in the Ride With Strack and Give Back intiative. 

Meet Ever Mejias, 100% Maleku and participating in the project with 3 hectares of old pastureland on the west side of the Rio Sol. LRFF planted 35,000 in a continuous biological corridor on the east side of the river in 2012. This is the first on the other side. 

And one more, "Educational Reforestation in La Fortuna" is being planted this coming September as part of the initiative. This is the Gonzalez family and they have been operating a small eco/educational tourism business on their property.

The ½ hectare (500 trees) that Strack and LRFF restore on their property will be used to teach and inspire the many busloads of visitors they receive as guests each month.

That old pasture with banana trees will be a thriving young forest in less than 5 years.

And last but not least the Gonzalez family in La Fortuna. They have been operating a small eco/educational tourism business on their property.

Thank You

Mia feeding Zoe
Mia feeding Zoe
Elias Cruz Quintanilla
Elias Cruz Quintanilla
Baby Mantled-howler Monkey
Baby Mantled-howler Monkey
Spider Monkey in meditation?
Spider Monkey in meditation?
White-faced or Capuchin Monkey
White-faced or Capuchin Monkey
Ever Mejia, Rio Sol, Across the River project
Ever Mejia, Rio Sol, Across the River project
Ever
Ever's planting area
The Gonzalez
The Gonzalez's
Gonzalez planting area
Gonzalez planting area

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Jun 19, 2013

WE DID IT!

Bienvenido and me with Allan Hernandez in the bush
Bienvenido and me with Allan Hernandez in the bush

Just wanted to share with you all the great success we saw last week during the Matching Day at GlobalGiving. We asked everyone to donate to the Rancho Bienvenido project and THEY DID!

This project is now FUNDED!! Thank you so much everyone. I visited Bienvenido the following day after the project was funded and broke the news to him. He and his family shouted and jumped up and down on the front porch. He says they'll be ready to go to work when the disbursement comes so watch for "Rancho Bienvenido" work in progress. 

Love to you and so proud that we accomplished this, you are the BEST!

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Jun 10, 2013

The "Welcome Rancho"

Rancho Bienvenido in December 2011 - leaky but ok
Rancho Bienvenido in December 2011 - leaky but ok

This is “Rancho Bienvenido” translated to English, but it is also the name of the President and elder member of the Maleku Tribal Council, Bienvenido Cruz Castro. We met Bienvenido over four years ago when he told us of the Maleku tribe’s situation concerning the loss of their ancestral lands and their heartfelt desire to restore the forests that have been destroyed at the hands of non-indigenous landowners.

The Maleku people depend on the forest for resources to live their traditional life style. Everything from housing to clothing and medicine is found in the forest. Their food and even bait used for fishing come from the fruit of a native rainforest tree.

The Maleku Tribal Council still needs that new “rancho” for their frequent meetings, receptions for important visitors and ceremonial rituals. We only need a little more than $500 to finish the funding and watch the tribal council build it. It takes less than a week to build with all natural materials.

The council was instrumental in the implementation of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor where 35,000 trees were planted in a continuous native tree corridor along the river. Will you please help us in this final push to see this exciting project funded, something we can all be proud of? 

Rancho in Apr. 2012 after fire, now only a slab
Rancho in Apr. 2012 after fire, now only a slab
Good times in Rancho Bienvenido, 2010
Good times in Rancho Bienvenido, 2010
Earth Ceremony in Rancho Bienvenido 2010
Earth Ceremony in Rancho Bienvenido 2010

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