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.
Jun 13, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CINDY!

Cindy under a rainbow
Cindy under a rainbow

Yes, it is Cindy Brand’s birthday! The La Reserva Forest Foundation would love to give Cindy the gift of creating the green corridor project on her farm in San Isidro del General. This corridor project is vital to connecting two forests that pass along the two rivers that border Cindy’s property. She has expressed concern about whether she should allow the administrator, Doña Christina, to add even more cattle to the already heavily grazed farm or wait for the biological corridor project to come into fruition. Like most farmers in Costa Rica there is always the necessity of receiving an income from the land to support it’s activities. Thank you to all of you who have donated to this project so far. Send the link to Cindy’s project http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/getting-connected-at-finca-salvaje-costa-rica/ to your friends and family asking them to support this wildlife highway that will increase their mobility and provide much needed bio-diverse habitat for foraging. Next Wednesday, June 16th from 12 midnight to 11:59pm Global Giving will be matching all donation up to $1000/donor/project. Give a generous donation to the Finca Salvaje project on that day and remind your friends as well. Let’s give Cindy an unbelievable belated birthday gift next Wednesday by letting her know that the Finca Salvaje biological corridor project is funded and ready to move forward. LET’S GET PLANTING AT FINCA SALVAJE!

Spring orchid
Spring orchid
Peluchi, the growing baby sloth at La Reserva
Peluchi, the growing baby sloth at La Reserva

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Jun 13, 2010

KEEPING IT CLEAN

Maintenance cleaning 6 months after planting
Maintenance cleaning 6 months after planting

A short update for all of you who gave so generously to the “Connecting Forest Islands, Costa Rica” project. Because of you we earned a permanent place on the Global Giving philanthropic website last year during the GG Open Challenge. The project was planted on the David Alvarez farm in Aguacate de Tilarán on November 27th, 2009. When we finished LRFF celebrated the planting of over 10,000 trees in 2009. The maintenance crew did one cleaning in January. This week, June 8th they cleaned around the trees again. It was amazing to see how fast they are growing and how many have survived. As they were walking back down the hill they saw a HUGE footprint of a Tapir in deep mud that they estimated must have weighed over 300 kilograms. An Ocelot print was also nearby in the mud. The wildlife are already moving in and taking of advantage of the area that used to be occupied by cattle. Enjoy the photos. You can spot the small trees amongst the grass. We will continue to show you their progress for the next two years as the crews return every 3 months for cleaning. Be sure to check out the other LRFF projects that we have posted on Global Giving, four in total. This coming Wednesday, June 16th, is a Matching Day at Global Giving. They will be matching all donations up to $1000/donor/project. Please help us to fund these other great projects and keep us planting. This is the rainy season, we have another 6 months left. So come on everybody and………….

KEEP US PLANTIN’!

Arenal volcano at dawn
Arenal volcano at dawn
No words for this photo
No words for this photo

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May 5, 2010

Depletion and Repletion of the LRFF Nursery

One half of the LRFF seedling nursery replanted
One half of the LRFF seedling nursery replanted

To be ready for this seasons reforestation projects we have been busy replenishing the native tree nursery. After last seasons planting of 10,000 trees in the Lake Arenal area our nursery was barren at best. We are also expanding the nursery to 20,000 this year. From December until June each year we collect many seeds and seedlings from the La Reserva forest preserve floor and keep the nursery irrigated. This is the dry season, the perfect time to do catch up work and prepare for the next planting projects.

The Finca Salvaje project is an excellent corridor project. Cindy Brand, a hospice nurse from the United States, is the owner of Finca Salvaje. She wrote us recently concerned about the possibility of the project being implemented this year. The pressure is on for her to either get the corridor project planted or buy more cattle and increase the size of the pastureland. Same old story, eh. More pasture equals less forests. She must earn enough to support the expenses of the farm. Doña Christina, who stays at the property, has a few head of cattle that she milks for some of the daily expenses but it’s not enough to continue without expanding the herd.

Let’s get behind this great project, located in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor, the place he spent his life working to preserve. We will connect two riverside forests giving the animals a way to reach each one and enhance their chances for survival into the future.

Please donate to this project, post the link on your Facebook or Twitter page, ask your friends and family to contribute so that we can get this twelve hectare tract planted tin the coming rainy season. The rains begin in June, not much time to waste.

Johanna is waiting to get the nursery planted with the 12,000 seedlings to be used for the project. Our friend, Ed Berhard is also waiting for us to give him the word so that he get the living fence posts ready to build the fence.

LET’S GET PLANTING IN 2010!!

Other half of LRFF seedling nursery replanted
Other half of LRFF seedling nursery replanted
The native forest that will replace the pastures
The native forest that will replace the pastures
La Reserva sign at headquarters
La Reserva sign at headquarters

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