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.
May 23, 2011

It’s Planting Time Again

Jessica, Kelsey, Bienvenido, Luis and Joey
Jessica, Kelsey, Bienvenido, Luis and Joey

Three great volunteers are with us at La Reserva, Kelsey Standingdeer, Jessica Munson and Joey Owle. They have planted about 1000 trees this past week, replacing seedlings that didn’t survive in projects that have been planted within the last two years. Yesterday we went to the Maleku Reserve in Guatuso to take an inventory of all the participating landowners nurseries.

It was a long day, super hot sun beating down upon us as we walked the unshaded fields to each nursery. Next week we will plan how we will distribute the seedlings and we will pay the landowners for their trees. Monday, May 30th we begin the planting of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor at Franklin Mojica’s farm. He is reforesting 4 hectares of pasture and has 4000+ trees in his well ordered and maintained nursery.

Some of the other landowners have have been unable to make nurseries due to illness or work responsibilities. For these properties we will use trees from all of the other nurseries to plant a wide variety of native species.

So far there is no lack of help for the project. Ten people are beginning on the 30th to plant the Mojica property. Others are already seeing how this integral project works and want to plant a small nursery to help supplement the quantity and types of trees available for reforestation.

The Rio Sol Biological Corridor project was the “Project of the Month” for April at Global Giving. These donations will be used to plant this first stage of the corredor’s 35,000 trees. We have 12,000 to plant starting on the 30th.

YEAH, LET’S GET PLANTING!

 Melvin at Franklin Mojica
Melvin at Franklin Mojica's nursery

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May 23, 2011

Heroes in our Midst

In the primary forest
In the primary forest

I often find myself wishing that we heard more stories of ordinary people who have acted heroically in their lives. Omar Quesada is such a person, despite economic pressures, despite the fact that nearly all his neighbors have sold out and allowed their land to be deforested, Omar has held firm in his conviction that forests should be preserved. It’s all too easy to discount the difficulty of holding to such a decision, particularly for those of us who are able to find the resources we need to feed and educate our children. 

But Omar is at a critical point. Quite simply, he does not have the money necessary for his granddaughter to finish school. Unless this project succeeds his only option will be to begin selling part of the forest, compromising it’s health and diversity. It is my sincere hope that we will be able to raise the funds that would be paid to Omar in Payments for Environmental Services (PES) with which he can provide for his granddaughters schooling and know that good deeds don’t always go unrewarded. Please donate to this project today.

Giant tree in tropical forest
Giant tree in tropical forest

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May 23, 2011

Closer and Closer

The Lopez
The Lopez's forest to be conserved for you

We are very close to our goal on this project which will protect over 110 acres of forest. The project also supports the Lopez family in their work as guardians of the ancient petroglyphs along the river which runs through these trees. Both the forest and the petroglyphs are treasures well worth preserving! 

Perhaps you think it’s a bit more glamorous to support projects that are putting trees into the ground (and there are any number of such projects with which La Reserva Forest Foundation is involved), but the preservation of existing forest is also of great importance. It is from existing forests that seeds and seedlings are gathered for future plantings. Mature forests offer shelter and food to more species of flora and fauna than have yet been counted. 

Global Giving has recently made it easy to make a monthly recurring donation. For as little as $10 a month you can be responsible for the protection of 5 acres of forest for one year! Further, by making a recurring donation before May 20th you can help La Reserva earn additional bonus funds. We’re counting on you to help us reach our ever-so-close goal, please donate today.

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