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

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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Aug 8, 2010

Cyberspace = More Forests

The future is in our hands
The future is in our hands

There is much to be grateful for at La Reserva: the life-sustaining rains that have begun to fall once more, the recent planting of the Increasing Tenorio Volcano Forest project, the creation of new projects that will help us move toward our goal of planting as many as 100,000 trees this year.

We find much joy in our work. Every time a new species of plant, bird, or animal is found within the La Reserva property our dedication to reforestation is reaffirmed. We have seen first hand that “if you plant it, they will come!” But we also know that we could be more efficient in our work with an up-graded computer and better software. Our 7-year old Mac has served us well, but it’s time for it to be retired. We’re well aware that there is greater appeal in supporting the projects that directly plant trees and preserve species, but the work behind the scenes, the work done everyday at the computer is a crucial part that helps us accomplish our mission. Having better equipment as well as having the ability to pay for the tech support we need occasionally will make us even more effective in our goal to Keep On Planting!

The center
The center
La Reserva Forest Foundation headquarters
La Reserva Forest Foundation headquarters

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