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 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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Nov 23, 2010

And So This is Christmas

Speaking with the Maleku at Palenque Margarita
Speaking with the Maleku at Palenque Margarita

At La Reserva 2010 has been a busy year. Over 12,000 trees have been planted and a whole host of new projects are in the works - the most exciting being the work we’re doing to help the native Maleku regain some of their ancestral lands so they can be reforested. Hundreds of hours of work have gone into this project, you can read more about it on Roberta’s blog. The Maleku Strategy  and The Maleku Strategy II

We’ve established a relationship with our first corporate sponsor who are creating a campaign that will allow us to plant 35,00 trees in 2011. We’re confidant this will be the first of many relationships in which companies who want to reduce their carbon footprint will chose to work with us to plant more trees

The hundreds of hours that have gone into these projects are primarily done in our small office - we’ve pushed the bed in our second bedroom to the wall to create space in this 8‘x10‘ room for a desk and small file cabinet. It’s where our newly purchased second-hand iMac computer sits, and we’re so very grateful for the donations that made that purchase possible.

We would love to be able to update some of our other equipment as well. Each change we make in having better equipment makes our work more efficient - and working more efficiently ultimately means getting more trees planted. So this year we’d love it if you would make a gift donation to this project so that we can continue to do the work that will bring healing to our Mother Earth.

Luis Dominguez, President Maleku Council
Luis Dominguez, President Maleku Council
Hawk at La Reserva
Hawk at La Reserva

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Oct 12, 2010

Bittersweet News

The view of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The view of Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

We have received one large donation to this project bringing the funding goal down to only $884.00 at this time.

On August 28 and 29th the community of San Luis held a weekend fundraiser to help the Monge family with their situation. Used clothing, food and drinks were served. They held a bicycle race as well. The event raised almost $300.

September 16, less than one month later their son Josue passed away. His presence in our world was for his mother, Alba. Because of her relentless determination to care for him she was able, last year, to overcome terminal cancer (5 tumors) and return to her original healthy self.

Let’s show this family our grand appreciation for the conservation of this incomparable lakeside forest tract. YOU make the difference in our world, so come on and GET GIVING!

On October 12th Global Giving is once again offering their bonus incentive. There is $100,000 in matching funds, but the percentage matched is based on a graduated scale.  The more a you give, the higher the matching percentage and they're matching up to $2,500 per donor! This is a great opportunity to stretch your donation dollars even farther and to help implement this much needed project. Please give now and help this dream become a reality.

Katydid of the San Luis Forest
Katydid of the San Luis Forest

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