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.
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

Links:

Oct 12, 2010

El Farallon National Monument

River and petroglyphs at El Farallon
River and petroglyphs at El Farallon

This year in Costa Rica we have had the La Niña rather than El Niño. La Niña equals = much rain. We’ve been buried in rain this year. So much that the Lopez family is unable to enter or leave their property via vehicle.

After posting this project on Global Giving many people called wanting to go on the great El Farallon petroglyph tour and see the covered cliff face for them selves. One tour company from the capital city of San Jose was interested in transporting tourists to El Farallon. Big surprise! The first people to attempt it became stuck in the mud on the last kilometer of road before the Lopez’s entrance.

One of the Lopez brothers has been working here at La Reserva on Project Hometree. One day he inquired about progress on the El Farallon project. We have received $110.00 on this project and still need $4,292.00. With funding we can preserve 48 hectares of primary dry forest habitat and help this family.

Please consider helping out on this project. The family continues to be isolated and in dire straits financially. Imagine, with the payments for environmental services each year for the beautiful life-giving forests they are conserving it would be possible for them to fix their road to receive and inspire tourists.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.

Petroglyph faces
Petroglyph faces

Links:

Oct 12, 2010

Finca Salvaje

Capuchin Monkey waiting for the corridor
Capuchin Monkey waiting for the corridor

Cattle grazing or tree planting, which will it be? At Finca Salvaje the answer to that question depends upon you! If you’ve read the other reports you know that the owner of this property, Cindy Brand wants to put in a green corridor that would run between two rivers, the Rio Caliente and Rio Calientillo, but she lacks the resources to complete the project. She has begun planting trees on her own but needs our help to construct fences that will keep cattle out, to hire local laborers that can conduct the necessary maintenance around the newly planted trees, and to procure enough young trees to plant the whole corridor as she has envisioned it. 

This corridor will provide cover and food for a whole host of wild life. It will help preserve the fantastic diversity of life that thrives in the tropics, but is gradually being eroded away by deforestation and development. It will become another project in which tons of CO2 are sequestered rather than being added to an already overloaded atmosphere.

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

Cindy and Roberta looking at the corridor area
Cindy and Roberta looking at the corridor area
Beauty of the tropical forest
Beauty of the tropical forest

Links:

donate now:

An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
    give
  • $20
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $60
    give
  • $75
    give
  • $10
    each month
    give
  • $20
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $60
    each month
    give
  • $75
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?