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 3, 2011

Help a Girl, and the Forest as Well

Student at La Reserva forest reserve in Costa Rica
Student at La Reserva forest reserve in Costa Rica

Omar Quesada would like to continue maintaining the 93 hectares of tropical rainforest under his care--930,000 square meters that sequester 1,116 tonnes of CO2 per year and help to protect the biodiversity of untold beneficial species. For every hectare lost to the deforestation often necessary for local inhabitants to subsist, the world edges closer to a disaster: decimated indigenous populations, permanently depleted biomes, devastated pharmaceutical opportunities.

And Omar's granddaughter would like to finish school. We should do everything we can to help her, because by investing in her, we invest in our collective future. Every additional year of school increases a girl's future earnings by 10 to 25%, ninety percent of which they reinvest into their families. Women, their families, the community, the region, and the world--all of us--benefit from educating girls.

We have so much to gain if we act to support Omar and his granddaughter--and so much to lose if we don't.

[Source for statistics on girls: http://girleffect.org/media/about/ ]

The rainforest we will preserve
The rainforest we will preserve
Girls planting trees in LRFF project
Girls planting trees in LRFF project

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Oct 1, 2011

The Future of the Chocuaco's Forest Corridor

Environment Day, 2007 day of planting
Environment Day, 2007 day of planting

That is the question in this project update.

I visited recently with Ana Cecilia while recording an inaugural radio program at the local Radio Cultural Tilaran. Ana is the attorney for the Municipality of Tilaran, our home town.

This project has been posted on GlobalGiving since June of 2010. I was interested whether Ana would accept $100/hectare/year for envirnomental service payments, thus lowering the budget by $2000. I asked her to call and let me know but no response. In actual direct donations this project has only received $625.00. I transferred $762.00 in donations, from an earlier project on GlobalGiving called “Finca Salvaje” and that wasn’t doing well, to the Chocüaco Forest Corridor project. That brought the total donations to $1387.00.  The total budget to implement this project is $10,071.00.

When a project has been posted for one year and hasn’t earned a minimum of 50% of the funding I am tempted (and usually do) ask the donors if they would agree to move their donation to another project, of the same type, that is in full swing or closer to being funded. What do you think? Shall we close out this project and move these donations over to the “Rio Sol Biological Corridor, Maleku Reserve, Costa Rica”? This is a project in implementation that still lacks funding, a project in full swing. Check out the link below to the project page. We have the majority of funding in place from our corporate sponsor, etnies shoes, donations received from us a LRFF and you on the GlobalGiving site plus three grants submitted, two of which are super promising.

Let me know your thoughts and don’t be surprised if I contact you soon for permission to put the funds into the Rio Sol project. Thank you all for your support of this project. Let’s use that support to…

GET PLANTING AND KEEP PLANTING!

Environment Day 2010, 4 years after planting
Environment Day 2010, 4 years after planting
Pasture at La Reserva, 1988 (see post)
Pasture at La Reserva, 1988 (see post)
Same pasture after 8 yrs regeneration (see post?)
Same pasture after 8 yrs regeneration (see post?)

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Aug 11, 2011

New Lease of Life for Rancho Bienvenido Project!

A Mantled Howler Monkey- a forest resident
A Mantled Howler Monkey- a forest resident

Having previously closed this project due to lack of funding, updates on Global Giving donations show that we had a lot more donations than we believed. Since March we have received many more donations that we were unaware of and subsequently are now able to reopen the project with many donors interested in having it implemented.

The project would enable The Tribal Council of the Maleku to have a meeting place instead of having to pay to hire one, and would provide a headquarters for our work with them to plan land acquisitions and reforestation, community development, consider proposals from residents and hold traditional ceremonies. It will also provide employment for local men to build and maintain it.

The project has been reopened, as it now seems viable following receipt of these extra donations. We have also received other donations to this project separate from those on Global Giving, so it looks as if we may be implementing soon. Keep an eye out for more progress.

A traditional Maleku palm roof made of suite
A traditional Maleku palm roof made of suite
A Maleku council formation meeting
A Maleku council formation meeting
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