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

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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May 23, 2011

The Gaping Holes

Elias in typical Maleku dress (made from trees)
Elias in typical Maleku dress (made from trees)

The cooperation between La Reserva Forest Foundation and the Maleku is bearing fruit. Soon planting will begin in the biological corridor along the Rio Sol which you can read about in the Rio Sol update. The rains are beginning which ensures the survival of the young trees being put into the ground. The beginning of the rains also means that tribal gatherings, ceremonies, and meetings need a space that’s protected from outside elements. 

The last time I was in Costa Rica I stepped into the old rancho building to see the gaping holes in the roof which have been partially covered with plastic. It was clear that the walls were none too stable either, the need for a new structure was apparent. It amazes me that a new rancho can be built for less than $2,000 (try that in the US!) The plan calls for building it in the old way, using natural, sustainably harvested forest materials. The project will provide work for people in the community as well as giving them a usable meeting space. We can’t do it without your support, please donate today.

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