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 4, 2011

Give ‘em Hope in Hard Times

Caterpillar in the rain forest
Caterpillar in the rain forest

If you’ve been to Costa Rica you’ve undoubtedly been impressed by the abundance of life there. Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to take a tour through one of the many forested areas and been able to see first hand the fecundity of life. One has to simply listen in the morning hours to hear a multitude of bird song accompanied by the growls of the howler monkeys. A walk in the forest leaves you amazed at the diversity and interconnectedness of life. In stark contrast are the areas that have been deforested, where a single species of grass has taken over and little wildlife finds purchase. 

This project was created to preserve 93 hectares of primary forest. The landowners live simply and their deepest hope is that financial duress won’t force them into selling lumber or portions of the land itself. Yet they face a critical decision: will they be able to pay for the education that will help their family thrive? Your support can make the difference between their being able to preserve their beautiful forest or their being forced to sell parts of it. Your support can help them achieve their hope of higher education for the youngest family member. Please donate today and be a part of preserving rainforest and education in Costa Rica.

Tropical forest orchid
Tropical forest orchid

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Apr 4, 2011

Our Dependence Upon Trees

Butterfly in biological corridor
Butterfly in biological corridor

Did you know that the average American family generates about 20 tons of CO2 per year? There are many ways we can each help reduce our footprint: driving less, keeping the temperature of our homes a couple degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter, and buying locally produced goods to name a few. All are worthwhile endeavors to reduce CO2 emissions. But an additional tactic is worth consideration. We can each help reduce our carbon footprint by supporting the planting of trees in the tropics. One hectare of tropical forest absorbs approximately 15 tons of CO2 each year! 

The completion of this project will result in planting 2 hectares of new forest which will quickly become a biological corridor connecting two older forests. Supporting it will not only help offset CO2 production, it will also help enhance preservation of the numerous animals who will have their habitat dramatically increased. It’s a win-win situation that needs only your financial support. 

This project now has  $1,189.75  in donations although the project page doesn’t reflect this amount. We added the accumulated donations from the Finca Salvaje project to Chocuaco’s last December when we closed that project for lack of donations. So we are closer to funding this project than you might think.

A new option on the Global Giving website is to make a monthly contribution to a project. Please consider this option, a small monthly donation of $5 or $10 dollars would move us forward and make you an on-going supporter of planting trees in the tropics! 

Leafcutter ant with cargo
Leafcutter ant with cargo

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Apr 4, 2011

Onward and Upward

Giant Mushroom on the Rio Sol
Giant Mushroom on the Rio Sol

There is a lot of news to report on the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project.

Sole Technology, makers of etnies shoes, has given us two fundraising deadlines for matching funds. The 31st of March was our first deadline and we hade to raise $5000 by that date. We put out an urgent request for donations during the last week of March and by March 28th this is what we had:

  • $182 in donations at the Global Giving site
  • $150 donation received on the LRFF website for Rio Sol
  • $1000 donation by check received in Houston for Rio Sol
  • $3700 donations received by LRFF/CR

          $5032 total

Thank you everyone for your great generosity. Sole Tech made the next installment of their donation on March 31st. Sole Technology is partially funding this project but we still need plenty of matching fund to finalize it.

In the meantime, this past week, we were busy out at the Maleku Reserve looking at all of the landowner’s nurseries, counting trees and identifying the different species. We now have a tree list started with over 50 species so far and over 25 other species that we will be concentrating on in the next few months. That brings the species count to 75, more that the 70 different species we plant per hectare on all of our reforestation projects.

We have been working exclusively on the eastern bank of the Rio Sol but this week signed on the first non-indigenous landowner on the western bank. He has one kilometer of river frontage and will be reforesting a ten-meter swath along the entire length. His neighbor to the north has an even longer frontage of pasture along the river and he may be interested in participating in the project as well. This biological corridor project is becoming a reality. There will be a beautiful native forest for many kilometers on both sides of the Rio Sol where before there was only cow pastures and much erosion.

Another lady who heard about the project and whose farm of over 10 hectares is also on the western side of the river, within the Maleku Reserve, caught up with us. She and her husband want to reforest the entire farm. If this comes to pass we will have almost all 35 hectares necessary to plant the 35,000 trees that Sole Technology has hired us to do in the next year.

The Rio Sol Biological Corridor project is also featured as the Project of the Month Club on the Global Giving site for April! Go check it out. (http://www.globalgiving.org/project-of-the-month-club/) This is a great honor because only the best projects make it to this page. They tell us we can expect a minimum of $2500 in donations this month. We have another deadline with Sole at the end of June and must have raised $10,000 total in matching funds by this date.

All donations collected at the Let’s Get Planting Global Event in Berlin (http://www.letsgetplanting.com/english.htm)  for Earth Day will also go to the Rio Sol Project. Let’s get giving so that we can…………….

GET PLANTING!

New farm w/giant Chilamate tree awaiting friends
New farm w/giant Chilamate tree awaiting friends
Measuring the area with new landowner
Measuring the area with new landowner

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