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 8, 2012

Not Far To Go On This Project

Butterfly from Mariano
Butterfly from Mariano's forest in San Luis

This project is very close to funding. On the project page you will read $845 remaining to fund it but because we had funding left over last year from donations received over and above, actually there is only $281 needed to fund this project. We took the excess donations from last year and added them forward to help fund this years payments for environmental services to Mariano, Alba and their children.

We inspected the forest two months ago and it is thriving. Here is something very exciting. The White-faced Capuchins monkeys are returning and Mariano’s forest is first place they’ve been seen, recently. We thought they were gone from this area. Farmers in the past used to put poison out because they said the capuchin’s destroyed their corn and bean crops. They’ve been gone from La Reserva (only 1 km. from Mariano’s forest) since the early 90’s.

Your donations to this project last year and recently on this second go round have made a huge difference. The now undisturbed forest is attracting wildlife that had retreated, waiting for a chance to return. It won’t take many donations to fund this project again this year, only $281 and the benefits reaped are a thousandfold.

Flor de un Dia, a resident orchid, San Luis forest
Flor de un Dia, a resident orchid, San Luis forest
Two-toed Sloth, another resident
Two-toed Sloth, another resident

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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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