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 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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Feb 14, 2012

We Did It!!

1st trees planted, Rio Sol Corridor, 5 mos. after
1st trees planted, Rio Sol Corridor, 5 mos. after

I have great news to report here in the first part of 2012 as well as a concern to share with you.
 
The great news is that on December 20th LRFF/CR and the Maleku planting team finished planting more than 31,000 of the 35,000 trees that is the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project. All of the trees were purchased from the participating families the week before planting began November 28th. Just after the first of the year the planting team went to work to plant the last 4000 trees of this project. They completed their work on January 27th.  Kudos to all involved!
 
Over the next two years it will be necessary to perform supportive maintenance for all 35,000 trees to keep the invasive, non-native pasture grasses from over-whelming them. My concern is funding for this part of the project, which will require a little over $1,000 a month for the next two years.
 
We have worked hard to raise funds as this project has moved forward. We have received donations from many of you specifically for this project. Our organization has used undesignated prize money to contribute more than $10,000. From a budget of $60,500 we now need just $25,000 more; this says much for our tenacity. 
 
A further positive note is that we have created an enormous amount of positive energy with the Maleku people, they believe in us. We have shown them that when we say something we do it. This is a new experience for them and we deeply want to keep such positive energy going.

I am writing for your help. We are committed to keeping these trees alive and thriving but we need your help to do so. Please help us spread the word by sharing the link with friends, family and co-workers. Together we’ve planted 35,000 trees, together we will ensure they thrive.

Thank you from Mother Earth and all of us here at LRFF.

Olivia in her most excellent nursery for corridor
Olivia in her most excellent nursery for corridor
Hauling trees w/tractor and trailer
Hauling trees w/tractor and trailer
Hauling spools of wire for fencing
Hauling spools of wire for fencing
Last trees planted in the Rio Sol Bio Corridor
Last trees planted in the Rio Sol Bio Corridor

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