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 7, 2012

This Farm Is Now Completely Forested

Crew and tractor loading trees from nurseries
Crew and tractor loading trees from nurseries

In December LRFF and the Rio Sol planting crew planted the remaining 14 hectares of pastureland on this farm. This was the largest single property we had to plant for the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project. Also more than 18 Maleku families created nurseries of 500 – 1500 trees of 110 native species to supply the trees for this property, high above Tonjibe in Viento Fresco.

It was a huge job hauling all of the trees from the separate nurseries to one central area. There the tractor and trailer picked them up, about 1500 at a time, hauling the planting team and trees about 4 kilometers to Viento Fresco. Once there the tractor and crew distributed the trees around the 14 hectares.

The transport took about as long as it did to plant the trees. You can see in the photos some long distance pictures of this amazing project. It’ll be fun to watch the pastures fill in with forest in the coming years.

It will be a dream come true if we can fund raise to purchase this property. It would be the first in recuperating the Maleku territory that is rightfully and legally theirs.

Long view of pastures with holes dug for trees
Long view of pastures with holes dug for trees
Jacobin feeding on unknown vine w/cups of nectar
Jacobin feeding on unknown vine w/cups of nectar
The planting team who planted Marvin
The planting team who planted Marvin's in Dec 2011

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Feb 7, 2012

Moving in the Right Direction

Crested Caracara Falcon a common siting in area
Crested Caracara Falcon a common siting in area

We are moving in the right direction with this project. Many generous donations were received during the month of December from employees at the Eli Lilly company. Thank you so much for caring about Omar and Miriam Quesada.

At Christmas time Omar and Miriam came to visit as they do almost every year. I was excited about the influx of donations and told them what had happened. Over 10% of the project’s total funding has been raised. I promised them that when we receive the disbursement from Global Giving for these donations we would pay them what has been received. It’s better for them to have whatever is available to date than have it sit in bank waiting for all of the funding before paying them.

School begins this week and the GlobalGiving disbursement will be here any day. The check we are able to write them will help Miriam’s daughter buy the necessary items for this years classes.

Thank you for your generous support and send this project around to your friends. They may agree with you, it’s a cause to be passionate about.

This orchid needs undisturbed forest to thrive
This orchid needs undisturbed forest to thrive
Hawk of the Quesada forest
Hawk of the Quesada forest

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Feb 7, 2012

Great News for the Maleku Tribal Council

Bienvenido Cruz C., Pres. of Council  w/Daniel
Bienvenido Cruz C., Pres. of Council w/Daniel

After a long wait and many obstacles the Maleku Tribal Council received their legal registration in January. They are now a nationally recognized organization. This means they now have the ability to apply for grants to implement the many community projects they've been planning.

We attended a meeting last October conducted by directors of the UN's Small Grants Program in Costa Rica. They encouraged members of the Tribal Council to make their priority pushing forward to receiving their legal status to apply for a Small Grant (up to $20,000).

The old Rancho Bienvenido is still standing but continues to deteriorate. The Council needs a meeting place more than ever now.

Thank you again for your generous donation to the Rancho Bienvenido project. Please pass this report and project to others you know. Maybe they will feel as passionately as you do about this simple, straightforward project.

Rio Sol nursery next to the old Rancho Bienvenido
Rio Sol nursery next to the old Rancho Bienvenido

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