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

Chocuaco’s Forest Corridor

Eduardo Gomez, tree planter
Eduardo Gomez, tree planter

We would love to fund and complete this project this year in honor of Jose Luis Villalobos (Chocuaco) whose dream it was to connect the two forest islands on his property. His widow, Ana Cecilia, has continued to hold to this dream and we at La Reserva, with your help, can make it become a reality.

This corridor will not only help bird and animal species survive, it will also serve as an example of the positive benefits of reforestation for other families in this community. In addition, this corridor will be a living testimony to the vision one man had of increasing life-preserving forests and to the perseverance of his family in fulfilling his dream. Such an example will not go unnoticed in this small Costa Rican community.

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 bring about the creation of this biological corridor. Please give now and help this dream become a reality.

Peluchi the Two-toed Sloth hanging out
Peluchi the Two-toed Sloth hanging out

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Oct 12, 2010

Thank You For The Help

Happy Computer Geeks
Happy Computer Geeks

To date this project has received $833 in donations. Our webmaster, David Forester, has a three year old 20” iMac desktop he needs to sell. Since my old laptop is on it’s last leg we offered to buy the new/used desktop for $800. David accepted the offer and brought the beautiful computer over last week, September 28th.
The new computer has a webcam so that in the future my colleagues will be able to actually see me rather than the old photo of me holding Chichas, the Two-toed Sloth we rehabilitated and released last year here at La Reserva.
This project is progressing thanks to all of you. Check out the photo of me sitting back in my office chair, a real slouch, at the new computer. Also a photo of David Forester, Daniel and me the day he brought the computer. We took it with a new software in this computer called Photo Booth. It really is like the old time booths we used to go into with our friends and do stupid stuff.
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 help us finish our office upgrade. We still need a laptop and office furniture. Please give now and help this dream become a reality.

The Slouch at Work, me and the iMac
The Slouch at Work, me and the iMac

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Oct 5, 2010

11,800 and Counting

Luis Angel and Eli digging the last holes
Luis Angel and Eli digging the last holes

We finished the planting of Project Hometree on October 1st, 2010. The last week of planting was amazingly wet but the crew kept at it, covered in rain gear. I think this tropical storm was named Nicole.

8000 native tree seedlings representing 84 different species were planted over the past five weeks. In the photo above are the senior members of the crew. Eli, at right, will be 75 years old this year. He didn’t miss a day, chopping the thick African grass with his machete, digging holes and, planting trees.

Last Thursday, when the Project Hometree crew finished the planting, we passed 11,800 trees planted so far in 2010. That’s almost 2000 more that 2009 already. Thanks to all of you and your great generosity we have been able to surpass last years total. Let’s keep up the good work and restore more forests yet, this year.
The photos tell the story of planting Project Hometree. Enjoy!

This week, October 4th, the same crew, minus Eli, is out maintaining all of the other LRFF reforestation sites. When they finish they will return again to Project Hometree for the projects first maintenance. We always try to come back soon after the planting for first maintenance because the new seedlings need attention. After that first cleaning they go on the normal four time yearly maintenance. My friend Michele and I were talking today, envisioning the future. With all the new projects we’ve embarked upon there will probably be a crew out doing maintenance full time.

LET’S KEEP ‘EM PLANTING!

Babies ready to go in the ground
Babies ready to go in the ground
The perfect hole and, hey, look at that beautiful
The perfect hole and, hey, look at that beautiful
Miguel and Omar, placing the seedling in the hole
Miguel and Omar, placing the seedling in the hole
Tamping the dirt down around the baby
Tamping the dirt down around the baby
Baby in the ground, its new and permanent home
Baby in the ground, its new and permanent home
Omar with another one in the ground
Omar with another one in the ground
Juan Jose and Mario, the other team, six men in al
Juan Jose and Mario, the other team, six men in al
OUR HEROES!
OUR HEROES!

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