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.
Jan 14, 2011

TRAVELING THE SOL RIVER

Filling bags in the new nurseries
Filling bags in the new nurseries

The Rio Sol Biological Corridor project has already received some donations. The 35 hectare forest restoration project was inspired by Sole Technology, the makers of Etnies shoes and our friends the Maleku Indians of Guatuso. Roian Atwood, Corporate Sustainability Manager for Sole, who has been watching LRFF’s progress since 2009, contacted us in October to say that Sole Technology had approved a generous donation to plant 35,000 trees. We spoke to Roian about our work with the Maleku and the company decided that they would ideally like to plant the trees on the Maleku reserve, the first of many projects to recuperate their ancestral territory and reforest 2/3 of it.

Last week the first nurseries were created on the properties of Alexis and Isidro, two Maleku landowners along the Sol River. Alexis is planting almost 4000 seedlings in his new nursery and Isidro is planting 1000. This is accomplished by filling the nursery bags with fresh dirt, going out into the forests that still exist in the surrounding area to collect seedlings from the forest floor and then replanting them in the nursery.

Something very exciting happened last past week….we have found a source of BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC NURSERY BAGS. We have placing our first order for 20,000 today and they will be ready within two weeks. The use of non-biodegradable plastic nursery bags in the past has always bothered us. One of LRFF’s values is that we walk lightly upon the Earth. On all of our planting projects we collect all of the plastic nursery bags left behind but that has left us with 100 lb. sacks of plastic bags that NEVER biodegrade. Even though we pick them all up there is still the problem of how to dispose of them. Now we will be able to bury the bags in the ground after we remove the trees and they will disappear over time.

Sole Technology has donated enough funding to pay for 35,000 trees, but LRFF must come up with matching donations to cover the planting and maintenance for the next two years. This is why we call upon all of you to please consider contributing to this extremely worthwhile project. LET’S GET PLANTING!!

Sol River at flood stage. Forests prevent flooding
Sol River at flood stage. Forests prevent flooding

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Nov 24, 2010

Make This a Green Christmas

La Reserva seedling nursery
La Reserva seedling nursery

There isn't much to report on this project, although we have received two fairly large donations in the past month. The Monge family is trying to put their lives together since losing their beloved son, Josue in September. The forest is continuing to sequester CO2 from our Earth's atmosphere yet the family who is conserving it receives no income from these 12 hectares of tropical rainforest. In fact it is responsible for removing approximately 180 metric tons of CO2 annually. How many metric tons are you and your family or business responsible for emitting? Here's a great way to offset you GHG emissions.

Only $600 is needed to finish the funding for this project that will ensure that the 12 hectares (about 26 acres) of lakeside forest and the abundant life within it will be preserved. It’s of vital importance to save this tract of forest from the development that has been prevalent in this area. The myriad of animals who thrive there depend upon it.

If you read the first report on this project you know that the Monge family who own the land have been hard hit by personal loss. Without the funding for this project they may well be driven to other methods of securing income from their land such as selling off portions for development or cutting down mature trees for their enormous commercial value. Your gift could determine the outcome. Be part of the solution that will preserve this existing forest, donate today!

Tiger butterfly
Tiger butterfly
Mariano and Alba Monge with their children
Mariano and Alba Monge with their children

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Nov 23, 2010

Christmas in the Tropics

Christmas time with Mary, secretary of LRFF
Christmas time with Mary, secretary of LRFF

Last year for the holidays I made donations to La Reserva’s projects on Global Giving in the names of each of my grand nieces and nephews. Most of them are preschool age, but are old enough to appreciate that their present helped create better homes for monkeys, sloths, and other creatures of the jungle. For the older ones it sparked an interest in La Reserva’s reforestation efforts and opened the possibility of taking time to volunteer at LRFF during a family vacation. The gift was so well received that I’ve decided to do the same thing again this year. After all, planting trees is one of the best ways I know to help mitigate the effects of global climate change which is going to have a significant impact on these kids’ lives. 

Chocuaco’s Forest Corridor is an excellent project for such a gift donation. It will cause another 2500 trees to be planted, be a model to local families of how they can participate in increasing forested areas without sacrificing the income they need from their land, and it will connect two forest islands giving many species a better chance of survival.

Make your holiday gifts a living legacy to those you love and help us keep on planting! 

Honeycreeper in Chocuaco Corridor area
Honeycreeper in Chocuaco Corridor area
Roble Savana flowers
Roble Savana flowers

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