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 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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Sep 11, 2010

Babies In The Ground!

Digging the holes
Digging the holes

Yes, that’s right, there are now babies in the ground, trees that is. We have finished the tenth day of work on Project Hometree and have 3500 native seedlings, representing 84 species, in the ground. On Monday, Ross Nicholson, a LRFF board member in the United States, came by to plant 50 trees and see the progress. The embarrassing part is that none of us took any pictures of him getting dirty. Last week, at the start of the project, the workers were cutting rows in the deep, matted grass. By the third day they began to plant. Half of the crew digs holes for the trees while the other half fill wheelbarrows with a wide variety of species up at the nursery. The wheelbarrows are hauled down to the rows, the trees are set in the holes still in their nursery bags and the hole diggers return to slit the bags open and plant each tree. See all of the photos I took today. The rains have been torrential and steady for weeks now. It’s been a great week for planting. Most of the trees haven’t suffered much shock. Every Friday Omar, La Reserva’s field manager for 8 years cries for a cold beer for all of the workers. I buy them tall cans and keep them ice cold. It puts a lilt in their step that’s for sure and ………

KEEPS EM PLANTING!

Omar Muñoz, La Reserva field manager
Omar Muñoz, La Reserva field manager
Loading the wheelbarrows
Loading the wheelbarrows
Ready to go
Ready to go
Seedlings in the hole waiting to be planted
Seedlings in the hole waiting to be planted
All tucked away and in their permanent homes
All tucked away and in their permanent homes
Neem tree, exciting medicine for the future
Neem tree, exciting medicine for the future

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Sep 1, 2010

We're Off and Planting

The furrow where the trees will be planted
The furrow where the trees will be planted

Yesterday, August 30, 2010, we began work on Project Hometree here at La Reserva.

Thank you to the McConachie family from Austin, Texas who were instrumental in completing the funding and to all of you who donated generously to this project. Because of you 8000 native trees are being planted, restoring eight hectares of tropical forest and increasing the habitat for the ever-increasing fauna at La Reserva.

The crew of workers worked yesterday and today cutting rows with machetes in the deeply meshed African grass. Today we brought some of the extra species we needed from the ICE (Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad) nursery.

The workers shoulders were tired this afternoon from chopping the past two days. Now that all of the species are assembled they will have a couple of days hauling them in wheelbarrows to the planting site and planting them.

Please be sure to see the photos, they tell the story better than words. We will keep you informed of our progress.

The crew chopping
The crew chopping
Sharpening the machete
Sharpening the machete
Unloading three truck loads of trees
Unloading three truck loads of trees
Deep grass
Deep grass
At lunchtime today
At lunchtime today

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