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.
Mar 2, 2011

Indigenous Memories

Preying Mantis
Preying Mantis

January brought us exciting news, a large donation of $1900 was made to this project leaving only $1373 for its completion. It’s my sincere hope that we will reach that goal in the next few months. I’ve promised my grand-nieces and nephews a trip to this site when they come visit me in Costa Rica. I want to show them this very specific example of what their gift donations make possible. For while the Lopez family takes seriously their role of being guardians both of the forest around them and of the ancient petroglyphs on the cliffs along the stream bed, what’s also true is that currently the road into their property has become nearly impassable. The Lopez family’s Payments for Environmental Services (PES) associated with this project will make it possible for them  to repair their road. This in turn will give more people the opportunity to visit the beautiful petroglyphs here as well as the chance to become aware of the many benefits arising out of preserving native forested areas. Won’t you help us complete this project? We can’t do it without you.

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Mar 2, 2011

What a Great Day

Been waiting for this day
Been waiting for this day

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the “Save This Forest, Save This Family” project, we were able to pay the Monge family this past weekend the check for $720 to cover “payments for environmental services” to conserve this exquisite 12 hectare forest on the shores of Lake Arenal.

I have been anxious to take this photo and share it with you. The San Luis forest is being preserved and working to clean our Earth’s atmosphere for 2011 because of you. As a result of the project being funded Mariano already has people requesting a walk through the only forest tract left in the community of San Luis.

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Mar 2, 2011

Sheltering Our Work

Roadside Hawk seen at the maleku Reserve
Roadside Hawk seen at the maleku Reserve

The Maleku Tribal Council was formed as a legal entity to oversee the reforestation of Maleku native lands along the Rio Sol. You can read about the devastation visited upon these indigenous people in other places, but more importantly at this time is the fact that they are working together with LRFF to restore both their forests and their way of life.

Currently the only place the Tribal Council has for meetings necessary in this reforestation effort, is a small, old, one-room building (called a rancho) that is falling apart. Large sheets of plastic have been used in only partially successful attempts to keep the rain out. It rains a lot in this part of Costa Rica! Imagine, if you will, trying to hold meetings that may determine the success of your future in a building held together by plastic! The Maleku Tribal Council hopes that through this project on Global Giving, LRFF will be able to provide the funding necessary which will allow them to build a new rancho that will keep out the rain. Your support can make that happen.

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