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.
Mar 2, 2011

Conserving Forest on a Volcano

Flor de un Dia orchid grows on volcanoes
Flor de un Dia orchid grows on volcanoes

I was up at the Miravalles Volcano just last week. My friends and I make an annual trip to acquire the excellent volcanic clay that comes form this area. While there I looked up at the northern flank of Miravalles and was astounded at the deforestation, how high up on the volcano it reached. Surely cattle would roll down the hill as steep as it is.

It made me proud to know that along the western flank, reaching to the north is the forested property of Omar and Miriam Quesada. He has conserved this forest, rich with flora and fauna, for decades. As the lands around him were deforested his forest has stood as one last stronghold for the native life struggling to survive.

The payments LRFF will pay to the Quesada’s for the CO2 that this 90+ hectare forest is sequestering each year will enable Miriam’s daughter to finish her schooling. Without this deserved and addition income she will need to take a job without the benefits her diploma would  provide.

Come on everyone, let’s see the forest by way of the trees and realize they are living beings working for all life on Earth. They deserve our appreciation and the people who conserve them deserve something for protecting them.

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Jan 14, 2011

ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF BIOLOGICAL CORRIDORS

Butterfly in biological corridor
Butterfly in biological corridor

I met up with Ana Cecilia last week and she wanted to know how her project was faring as far as donations. Ana is an attorney with the Municipality of Tilaran, our hometown.

We did remove one project, Finca Salvaje, from the Global Giving website and transferred $811 in donations to the Chocüaco corridor project. Since both projects are biological corridors this made the most sense. Yet we still need over $8000 to see this great project implemented.

All around Ana’s dairy farm are housing developments. They don’t allow trees to grow on their properties in fear of blocking the view for the upscale houses they are building. This leaves Ana’s farm one of the only areas left on this badly fragmented south side of Lake Arenal where it is possible to plant these connecting corridors.

Ana loves the forest and all of the wildlife that depends on it for life. She is anxious to see this green passageway implemented so that the isolated forests can be connected, affording a “way out” for the animals and plants trapped within them.

Come on everybody, LET’S PLANT Chocüaco’s Forest Corridor in 2011.

Orchid growing near Chocüacos farm
Orchid growing near Chocüacos farm
Beautiful emerald beetles
Beautiful emerald beetles

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Jan 14, 2011

THE GREATEST GIFT FOR XMAS 2010

The forest you have preserved this year
The forest you have preserved this year

“Save San Luis, Save This Family” project received its final donation and was completely funded a few days before Christmas. Thank you all for your generous donations to this project.

I was so excited that I called Mariano and Alba immediately. They were ecstatic, especially after all that they have been through this past year. The loss of their son, Josue, Alba’s cancer that went into remission and is now back plus the constant financial need they live with year after year.

When LRFF receives the final disbursement for this project from Global Giving I will post a new progress report so that you can all see the Monge family receive the check to preserve this beautiful, tropical forest for the first year.

Thank you again from all of us here in Costa Rica for your great generosity.

The family you have saved this year
The family you have saved this year

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