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

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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May 23, 2011

Healthy Native Tropical Forest’s Importance to the

The great toad of Costa Rica. They need shade.
The great toad of Costa Rica. They need shade.

You may have read about the alarming rate of species depletion around the world. Though it’s not  a story that makes the nightly news, it has been documented in various scientific journals and conservation magazines. No one knows the long term effect of this increasingly rapid loss of species diversity, but it is generally agreed to be a frightening fact. Better news coverage has been given to the devastating climatic events  occurring across the United States and around the world. For some it seems clear that Mother Earth is fighting back against the myriad abuses she has endured. The casualties continue to climb. 

We have at hand a means to address both these fearful issues. The most potent antidote we have at this time to fight the trends of species depletion and global climate change is to plant trees. Trees planted in the tropics are particularly important for they have up to 40 times the leaf mass of trees in more temperate zones - and that means a much higher rate of CO2 absorption. It is also the tropics that host the greatest diversity of both flora and fauna, which thrive in healthy forests.

The good news about this project is that we currently have over $1,000 in donations toward planting the 2,000+ trees that would connect two large areas of forest. Your donation will help get the trees in the ground, you’ll be part of creating a new biological corridor which will increase the health of the existing forests and protect the species living there. Please donate today.

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