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.
Aug 9, 2010

"Plant it and they will come"

Long-tailed Manakin, La Tejona, Costa Rica
Long-tailed Manakin, La Tejona, Costa Rica

One of the things we say at La Reserva is “If you plant it, they will come!” ‘They’, of course, are the many native animal species whose numbers have been dangerously depleted by their inability to follow their natural migratory patterns.

The project at Finca Salvaje would connect the native forests along the Rio Caliente and the Rio Calientillo. It would allow species such as the endangered Capuchin Monkey to enhance their gene pool by gaining access to additional family groups. It would provide additional food and habitat for a whole host of wildlife.

And perhaps most importantly, the funding of this project will keep existing forests from being cleared to make room for additional pastureland. The reality of life in Costa Rica is that the land has to produce income for those living on it. If we can raise the money for this project we can add to reforested areas rather than losing more much-needed forest. Please help us in our efforts to get planting.

Future corridor site at Finca Salvaje
Future corridor site at Finca Salvaje
Mica snake at La Reserva
Mica snake at La Reserva

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Aug 9, 2010

Developments at Chocuacos

Howler Monkey eating at La Reserva
Howler Monkey eating at La Reserva

Costa Rica is one of the most bio-diverse countries on the planet, and we are losing that diversity at an alarming rate. Just one example: the howler monkey population has dropped by 50% in just the last 15 years -- mostly due to loss of habitat. This rapid rate of species depletion is accelerated by the isolation that occurs when patches of forest are separated by areas of development and farming. We have witnessed at La Reserva the return of many species of birds as well as monkeys, sloths and other wildlife when we provide corridors for their feeding and migration. This project offers the opportunity to connect two existing forests by providing the biological corridor necessary for many species migratory patterns.

Your support will help counteract the development around Lake Arenal that continues to take its toll on species survival and will provide direct relief for threatened species like the howler monkey.

Honeycreeper in the forest cover
Honeycreeper in the forest cover
Peluchi the orphan Two-toed Sloth
Peluchi the orphan Two-toed Sloth

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Aug 9, 2010

Give Them a Hand

Petroglyph of fish at El Farallon
Petroglyph of fish at El Farallon

We are dedicated at La Reserva to supporting local peoples and the forests on their land. It is an unfortunate fact that many families are tempted to sell parcels covered with native trees to developers because they have no other way to generate income from forested land. The Lopez family is one example of these forces at work. The government program that offered them minimal income over a five year period has ended and they desperately need a means of providing for their family.

This project offers the opportunity to offset one’s own carbon footprint by supporting existing forest that is in danger of being sold for development (a minimum of 500 metric tons/year). It will allow the Lopez family to continue their off-the-grid life in the midst of that forest and it will protect the myriad of species that depend on this forest for their survival.

Petroglyphs of faces at El Farallon
Petroglyphs of faces at El Farallon
Mother and baby Howler Monkey
Mother and baby Howler Monkey

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