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.
Apr 4, 2011

Summer in the Forest

Only Grandpa left to give shade. Dry and parched
Only Grandpa left to give shade. Dry and parched

It’s summer right now in Costa Rica, the dry season. It’s a great time to witness the difference between forested areas and areas that have been cleared of trees. Forested areas stay cool under the shade of the tall trees, underneath the leaf cover on the forest floor there is still a dampness to the ground. Out in the cleared areas the summer sun beats down on the ground mercilessly. Hillsides are brown and desolate looking, pasture grasses have dried out and the land is parched. Watersheds protected by forest continue to feed streams unlike cleared areas in which water is scarce, if available at all. 

Right now the 48 hectares of the El Fallaron project demonstrate the life-giving, water conserving properties of forested areas. Numerous species of amphibians, birds, and mammals thrive in there. It contains a wide diversity of both flora and fauna, undoubtedly some species that are yet to be discovered. It is a treasure chest that you can help preserve by your donation. We’ve already raised over two-thirds of the funds required for this project. We need your help to complete it and save this forest for all the life it supports.  

Deep, cool shade in the primary forest
Deep, cool shade in the primary forest

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Apr 4, 2011

Give ‘em Hope in Hard Times

Caterpillar in the rain forest
Caterpillar in the rain forest

If you’ve been to Costa Rica you’ve undoubtedly been impressed by the abundance of life there. Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to take a tour through one of the many forested areas and been able to see first hand the fecundity of life. One has to simply listen in the morning hours to hear a multitude of bird song accompanied by the growls of the howler monkeys. A walk in the forest leaves you amazed at the diversity and interconnectedness of life. In stark contrast are the areas that have been deforested, where a single species of grass has taken over and little wildlife finds purchase. 

This project was created to preserve 93 hectares of primary forest. The landowners live simply and their deepest hope is that financial duress won’t force them into selling lumber or portions of the land itself. Yet they face a critical decision: will they be able to pay for the education that will help their family thrive? Your support can make the difference between their being able to preserve their beautiful forest or their being forced to sell parts of it. Your support can help them achieve their hope of higher education for the youngest family member. Please donate today and be a part of preserving rainforest and education in Costa Rica.

Tropical forest orchid
Tropical forest orchid

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Apr 4, 2011

Our Dependence Upon Trees

Butterfly in biological corridor
Butterfly in biological corridor

Did you know that the average American family generates about 20 tons of CO2 per year? There are many ways we can each help reduce our footprint: driving less, keeping the temperature of our homes a couple degrees higher in the summer and lower in the winter, and buying locally produced goods to name a few. All are worthwhile endeavors to reduce CO2 emissions. But an additional tactic is worth consideration. We can each help reduce our carbon footprint by supporting the planting of trees in the tropics. One hectare of tropical forest absorbs approximately 15 tons of CO2 each year! 

The completion of this project will result in planting 2 hectares of new forest which will quickly become a biological corridor connecting two older forests. Supporting it will not only help offset CO2 production, it will also help enhance preservation of the numerous animals who will have their habitat dramatically increased. It’s a win-win situation that needs only your financial support. 

This project now has  $1,189.75  in donations although the project page doesn’t reflect this amount. We added the accumulated donations from the Finca Salvaje project to Chocuaco’s last December when we closed that project for lack of donations. So we are closer to funding this project than you might think.

A new option on the Global Giving website is to make a monthly contribution to a project. Please consider this option, a small monthly donation of $5 or $10 dollars would move us forward and make you an on-going supporter of planting trees in the tropics! 

Leafcutter ant with cargo
Leafcutter ant with cargo

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