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.
Apr 29, 2012

A New Opportunity

Fruit salad through a straw - San Luis area
Fruit salad through a straw - San Luis area

We only need another $139 to fund this project and pay the Monge’s their payments for environmental services this year.

A great new opportunity has presented itself. We’ve had a 7000+ hectare existing forest project developed for the carbon market since 2008. Mariano Monge is a participant in this project but we’ve been unable to bring it to market and provide PES’s to the landowners. This is why the Save San Luis forest project was offered to private donors to help the Monge family along.

Recently we’ve received much interest from a new carbon company in London concerning the project. A verifier will arrive in Costa Rica the end of May to evaluate the project. From there we will have a concrete idea of the average CO2 sequestration across all of the project and a firm price to offer the landowners. Wish us all luck because it is a long drawn out process and will take some time but will provide an income for 30 to 40 years for these landowners who have conserved their forests for generations.

In the meantime we only need $139 to help the Monge’s this year. We did it last year, we can do it again this year.  

Lake Arenal from the San Luis side at sunset
Lake Arenal from the San Luis side at sunset

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Apr 26, 2012

Burning of the Old Rancho

The New Rancho Bienvenido
The New Rancho Bienvenido

I have new news concerning the old Rancho Bienvenido. I was out at Palenque Tonjibe in mid February to visit my friend Bienvenido Cruz Castro, for whom the rancho is named.

As we sat on his front porch talking he asked if I’d noticed the old rancho when I walked by. Dumbly I said “no, why?” Bienvenido said, laughing, “Well, last month a neighbor was burning his yard trash and a spark landed on the old Suita palm roof and caught it on fire. It went up like a pyre, amazing!”

Check out the photo I took that day of the burned rancho. Come on everyone the Maleku Tribal Council needs a meeting place more than ever. They have been unable to meet because of a lack of a common place and need to continue their project planning sessions.

I submitted an application for a small grant from the Rainforest Biodiversity group to help with the remainder of funding needed to rebuild Rancho Bienvenido. With all of your help and theirs we can get the rancho built by June.

Progress of trees planted June 2011, Rio Sol
Progress of trees planted June 2011, Rio Sol

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Apr 26, 2012

The Check Is In Their Hands

Tapir swimming at Rio Celeste, near the Quesadas
Tapir swimming at Rio Celeste, near the Quesadas

Because of your great generosity during the holiday season we were able to pay Omar and Miriam Quesada 10% of their environmental service payment for their 93 hectare forest property on the slopes of Miravalles Volcano.

Other hopeful news for the Quesada’s is the possibility of the long awaited REDD forest carbon project that I developed in 2008 being implemented. The project consists of over 7000 hectares of existing forests in the hands of about 40 landowners. In February a new carbon offset company in London contacted me about bringing the project to market. We’ve been busy calling all of the landowners (the Quesadas have been on the project since the beginning), getting coordinates of the properties and mapping them. Now we wait for the verifier to arrive at the end of May and away we go.

Wish us good success, that we will finally be able to provide an income for these people who have been conserving these vital forests for decades.   

The Barbachele in bloom, April 2012
The Barbachele in bloom, April 2012

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