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 Family and Save a Rainforest

One inhabitant of the San Luis Forest, Manakin
One inhabitant of the San Luis Forest, Manakin

Mariano Monge, his wife Alba, and their children perform an incredible service: They maintain 14 hectares of tropical rainforest, protecting it from the rampant deforestation we're all too familiar with. That's 1,506,947 square feet of our precarious environmental future sustained for the benefit of us all.

The Monges' difficult, exhausting, and immensely valuable work is conducted in the dual shadows of grief for a lost child and sibling and the constant threat of hardship. The San Luis Forest is their livelihood. It would be easier to sell the land to developers, but the Monges understand and cherish the value of their rainforest, not only to themselves but to the entire world.

It's possible to lighten their load, carried partly on our behalf. Perhaps we owe them more than mere gratitude, more than simple acknowledgement, more than our best wishes.

Perhaps we owe them tangible support.

One family and 14 hectares of rainforest flourishing, 210 tonnes of CO2 per year sequestered, a multitude of precious plant and animal species preserved, part of our environmental future protected--all for just a little over $700.

Sounds like pretty good return on investment, doesn't it?

A resident butterfly feeding on Lantana flower
A resident butterfly feeding on Lantana flower
Two-toed Sloths depend on Marianos forest
Two-toed Sloths depend on Marianos forest

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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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