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

THE BIRTHDAY GIFT

Roberta and new iMac crowded by bed in office
Roberta and new iMac crowded by bed in office

Those of you who have donated to this project will know that I was able to buy a used, desktop iMac this past September. I cannot express how much the larger screen has helped my eyes not to mention productivity.

A few months ago I was interested in just how many hours I have logged on as founder and president of the La Reserva Forest Foundation. In the 5½ years since its inception I have worked almost 18,000, without pay, and much of this time is spent in front of the computer. To think that in 2004 I swore I’d never use a computer and now it is the most important tool I have for this work.

In November, for my birthday, my dear friends Carla Gomez and Nancy Holzheimer gave me a birthday party at a local restaurant. The BIG surprise came when I returned home! While we were having lunch they had the old double bed that smashed me up against the desk removed and replaced it with a nice, futon that folds out into a ¾ size bed. Look at the two accompanying photos and you will see how much more room I have in the office to receive clients and guests, plus roll all around as I work in my office chair. Please come into my office so that we CAN GET PLANTING!

I’m still using the old 2004 Mac PowerBook that sometimes has black band across the screen. Can you help me to finish upgrading my office? In July I will have a new intern coming from the UK to work as my administrative assistant for six months. I’d like to offer her a better laptop to use with my old desk, so that she can sit in here with me rather than out at the dining room table.

Planting trees is actually a very small part of the work we do, maybe 10% at most. The majority of our work is done through networking with all of you, our fabulous supporters, to receive donations and continue onward and upward. To be efficient we need new equipment sometimes.

Roberta on the new futon with plenty of room
Roberta on the new futon with plenty of room

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Jan 14, 2011

THIS IS MONUMENTAL

Spiral petroglyph behind rancho Maleku
Spiral petroglyph behind rancho Maleku

El Farallon National Monument preservation project ties in with the work we are doing with the Maleku Indian tribe because of the petroglyphic images displayed on the high bluff alongside the river within the Lopez brothers farm where the national monument is contained.

Please see the accompanying photo of a petroglyph outside the old “rancho” where the Maleku Tribal Council convene. This same spiral image is seen many times on the bluff at El Farallon.

The indigenous people from this northern area of Costa Rica were Chibchan. They traveled long distances on foot trading with other tribes, throughout Central America and Mexico. I believe that the El Farallon site was a stop along the road for the Maleku, just one tribe of the Chibchan people from so long ago.

By supporting this project you will preserve 48 hectares (110+ acres) of tropical dry forest and help the Lopez family maintain the national monument’s access so that more people can be inspired by the indigenous wisdom. We only have $1500 left to see this project funded. LET’S GET PLANTING!

Faces petroglyph at El Farallon Natl. Monument
Faces petroglyph at El Farallon Natl. Monument

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Jan 14, 2011

THE WELCOME RANCHO

The old worn out rancho covered in plastic
The old worn out rancho covered in plastic

This is the translation of the “Rancho Bienvenido” project, but it is also the name of the Vice-President and elder member of the Maleku Tribal Council, Bienvenido Cruz Castro. We met Bienvenido over one year ago when he told us of the Maleku tribe’s situation concerning the loss of their ancestral lands and their heartfelt desire to restore the forests that have been destroyed at the hands of non-indigenous landowners.

The Maleku people depend on the forest for resources to live their traditional life style. Everything for their housing is found in the forest, much of their food and even the bait used for fishing come from the fruit of a native rainforest tree.

The Maleku Tribal Council needs a new traditional “rancho” for their frequent meetings, receptions for important visitors and ceremonial rituals. This past December representatives from Sole Technology, makers of Etnies shoes, came for a day of meetings and lunch at the Maleku Reserve. Etnies is the major contributor for the Rio Sol Biological Corridor, planting 35,000 trees in a contiguous native tree corridor along the river. For this important meeting Bienvenido’s sons had to cover the old rancho with a large sheet of plastic to help keep the thatched roof from leaking.

The Tribal Council is hosting another important day of meetings with the CEO of Sole Technology and Vice-President of Sales and Operations at the beginning of February and then a huge international media event in March to launch the new “Buy a Shoe, Plant a Tree” project that Etnies shoes is promoting with their spring line of tennis shoes. Let’s help them have a headquarters to be proud of before March. It takes less than a week to build it with all natural materials.

Maleku meeting Sole Technology reps
Maleku meeting Sole Technology reps
Traditional Earth ceremony for Sole Tech
Traditional Earth ceremony for Sole Tech

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