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.
Feb 6, 2015

News You Can Use!

Miguel Angel Aldrete and the K4OW ambassadors
Miguel Angel Aldrete and the K4OW ambassadors

There’s great news about this project my friends!

On November 24th, my birthday, I received a phone call, out of the blue from Miguel Aldrete in San Diego, He explained that his son was interested in working with LRFF to fundraise, with his group of friends, to plant a project. What a birthday gift, it blew my mind, something I’ll never forget.

Miguel Angel Aldrete is 14 years old and has been working to reforest the world since he was 7 years old. He collaborated earlier on with Trees for the Future and is responsible for funding and planting over 14,000 trees so far. 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 and it has begun. They have buit a brand new website for their group and we’ve added a special page for them at our new website as well, where they can receive donations separately.

Not only are they looking to fund and plant this project, but also to fund a “field trip” to La Reserva in Costa Rica, each with a parent, this coming July. If they can reach their funding goal they will work with the 60 school children in Delicias to create the nursery for the project. Hopefully, they will be able to return in December to help plant it.

We have a great field trip planned for the kids in July with a futbol (soccer) game against the Maleku youths, going on the famous forest walk at La Reserve, seedling collection in the forest and transplantation in the La Reserva nursery, a cultural learning experience with the Maleku tribe and some fun stuff as well, i.e. zip lining, river rafting, visit to the waterfall and/or petroglyphs, etc.

Please be sure to check out the links in this progress report and see what these amazing kids are up to. They give me great hope for the future they are OUR future and are dedicated to healing our Earth. Miguel sees it, the truth, that our environment is the root of all other things. If we want a healthy world we must create a healthy environment and for us that means restoring the vital, tropical forests of the world.

They have received $185 to day so that we can…GET PLANTING!

Links:

Feb 4, 2015

THREATS AND CHALLENGES TO THE FORESTS OF LIBERIA

The wood behind me is to be burned for charcoal
The wood behind me is to be burned for charcoal

We are a little late submitting this report because this time Neabei was able to get out in the field to illustrate what has happened to the pristine Liberian forests and continues to happen.

As you know the research forest at the University of Liberia’s extension campus in Bensonville was the site of destruction during the many years of civil war in the country. The refugees camped near the university and out of necessity cut all of the trees, many rare and precious woods, to use for charcoal to cook. Neabei’s short, image illustrated report shows the damage that continues to tak place in the country. That’s why we are so excited about the donations we’ve been receiving for this project so that we can…GET PLATING IT! It will give a great boost to this war torn and disease plagued country, they deserve it. Neabei’s report follows:

This summary report depicts some of the numerous ways in which the forests of Liberia are being depleted by the unlawful operations of citizens and even foreigners in the name of survivability.

The forest are becoming very thin as the trees are being cut down for charcoal burning and illegal pit sawing activities.

Subsistent rotational farming activities also have great part to play in the depletion of the Liberian forests whereas there is no reforestation strategy at the level of individual subsistent farmers.

I was on a tour in some of the forest areas to see how the actions of illicit forest families and individuals are depleting the forests. 

Thin forest canopy from forest degradation
Thin forest canopy from forest degradation
Subsistence farming impacts
Subsistence farming impacts
Neabei in the field, on the trail
Neabei in the field, on the trail
Feb 3, 2015

Plan B

Jeffrey and me three years ago
Jeffrey and me three years ago

Today a second notice arrived to remind me that a progress report was due and I’m very sorry for leaving you all hanging but I’ve been waiting for some vital information concerning this project so that I could pass it on to you.

I posted this project initially in mid 2012…a lot of time has passed since then and consequently the majority of the six landowners who wanted to participate have changed plans for their land or even passed away. Aware of this, Matt Lee, the president of LRFF, and I met a couple of weeks ago and decided that we could revise the “Reforesting Guatuso” project and include only Jeffrey Lacayo’s property at the Maleku Palenque Sol. I told Matt it was small enough that we might have enough funds to implement it with the donations we have received to day and the roll over of funds from another project we want to deactivate for the same reason.

That’s where we stand currently with this project, waiting for the land measurement to be confirmed by Jeffrey. I talked to him and he wants to go on but things move real slowly in Costa Rica. When I get the land area to be planted I can revise the budget for the area, amount of trees, fencing, labor, etc. You will see the new project and will be the first to know when we can begin the nursery and start planting. 

Jeffrey
Jeffrey's land - will plant around the edge

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