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 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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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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