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.
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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Nov 23, 2010

Feliz Navidad

Same spiral petrogylph at Maleku Reserve
Same spiral petrogylph at Maleku Reserve

The holidays approach, a time in which we contemplate finding the right gift to give to each of those we love. Often times we find ourselves wondering just what we can give to the child who already has a room full of toys or to a friend whose home is filled with every gadget imaginable. Make this the year in which you give a gift that will preserve existing forests by making a donation to this project in the name of someone you care about.

Remember, forests are the lungs of the Earth; by supporting El Farallon National Monument you will be helping preserve  48 hectares (over 115 acres) of forest. These 48 hectares absorb 720 metric tons of CO2 each year. Give your loved ones the gift of CO2 absorption; offer them the continuation of oxygen production by this tropical forest. By your gift you will make them part of a preservation effort they might one day go visit. If they do, they can say to themselves, “My friend cared so much about me that s/he helped preserve the forests surrounding these ancient and beautiful petroglyphs. That gift has not only brought me here to see these wonders, it has ensured that this forest remains intact helping the Earth to breath.”

Hummingbird feeding
Hummingbird feeding
Baby Boa
Baby Boa

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