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

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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Jun 13, 2010

Delicious Rain

Looking up to Papa Loco, Hometree at La Reserva
Looking up to Papa Loco, Hometree at La Reserva

The rains have begun in Costa Rica. It’s the perfect time for planting trees. Unfortunately the 8 hectares in this project can’t be planted until something is done about the African grasses that dominate the pasture. One option would be to spray the whole field with herbicides, but that would have a negative environmental impact on the area, including inhibiting the growth of newly planted trees. In addition, there are any number of animals who have made their homes in the dense matt of grasses. We don’t want to wipe out their entire habitat with poisons.

The alternative, therefore, is to use manual labor to clear multiple swaths across the field wide enough to allow young trees to grow to the point where they will out-compete the grasses. This tactic allows for a period of transition in which the species populating the area will gradually shift. It is also labor-intensive and time-consuming. We estimate it will take over a month to create enough clear space that the trees planted will be able to thrive. Of course, it will also create much-needed jobs for locals. (As in the United States, the down-turn of the economy has left many local people searching for work.)

Your help with this project will accomplish two goals. It will help provide jobs and it will begin the transformation of the last large open field on the La Reserva property back to native forest. HEADS UP! 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 Project Hometree on that day and remind your friends as well. Just think if you can only afford to donate $10 that donation will be $15, plus we don’t have to pay GG the 15% commission on these matching funds.

Caring for the babies
Caring for the babies
Toucan Sam at La Reserva
Toucan Sam at La Reserva

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