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.
Feb 25, 2010

Keepin’ Em’ Down

Entering the deep primary forest at La Reserva
Entering the deep primary forest at La Reserva

This little project has received only one donation of $100 so far. The donor is the real news, our friend, Paul Hynek, Director of Business Affairs at Giant Studios. They are responsible for all of the digital effects in the movie, Avatar. Paul took a look at this project page, made his donation telling me that he was a big believer in “priming the pump”. Now that the pump is primed, let’s keep the pump pumping! Thank you again to you Paul! You are our angel to.

Since there hasn’t been much activity on this project it’s a good time to show the support that the LRFF inspires. This past December 12th we held a candlelight vigil here are the La Reserva headquarters. The vigil was strategically planned all around the world to coincide with the break in the COP15 summit in Copenhagen. Groups like ours were asking the negotiators to settle on a “Real Deal” for climate change. Of course, we all know now that there was no real deal, but the demonstration of strength that WE THE PEOPLE of the world showed made all of us ever more determined to do something positive for our Earth RIGHT NOW.

The photos here show the members of the board of LRFF plus the huge network of volunteers who support us, in one way or another, in our local area. Imagine, too, not everyone could attend. You see us filing into the deep, darkness of the primary forest of La Reserva. All of us down at the base of Papa Loco, reading a statement to the world while being filmed. Finally we climbed back up from Papa Loco.

Every day, every hour, every minute the LRFF is working to reverse the effects of global warming that cause so many other side effects, i.e., water shortages, loss of topsoil, famine, drought, water in the cities of the developed world that have so much salt ppm it is on the verge of making everyone sick and most important air that is continually becoming more toxic because of the amount of greenhouse gases. One of the main focuses of the vigil was to have the world bring the parts per million (ppm) of CO2 back down to a safe level for human life. That means down to 350 ppm from the 387 ppm that we are living in now.

Please support us in growing forests to achieve a more balanced and healthy Earth for all of us to live on. Our computers get more aged every day yet our workload continues to increase. This office upgrade is much needed for us to restore tropical forests. They are the #1 defense against global warming.

COME ON EVERYBODY, LET'S GET PLANTING!!

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LRFF's members showing solidarity for Earth at Papa Loco's base
Climbing back home from Papa Loco
Climbing back home from Papa Loco

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Jan 17, 2010

Progress at Project Hometree Here on Earth

Hometree in the David Alvarez pasture
Hometree in the David Alvarez pasture

Avatar, the biggest movie ever made was released on December 18th. The environmental message takes place on an alien planet that is a metaphor for Earth and what is happening here.

Giant Studios had commemorative wristbands made to give away at the screening party they held for the cast and crew on December 16th. Each wristband is embossed with AVATAR, GIANT STUDIOS and PROJECT HOMETREE. Together we created a small booklet that was attached to each wristband talking about the collaboration between Giant Studios and the La Reserva Forest Foundation with before and after photos of tropical reforestation.

Before the movie’s release we jointly created a new URL at http://projecthometree.org When this link is clicked it takes you directly to the LRFF website (http://lrff.org) and the new page we created there for Project Hometree. Giant Studios has also included Project Hometree on their website at http://giantstudios.com as one of their projects.

The “Project Hometree, La Tejona, Costa Rica” project at Global Giving has now earned $1307.00 from 20 donors. Thank you all for your valuable support. We are hoping to get these projects funded before the rainy season beginning in June, tree planting time.

We will be collaborating, directly or indirectly, on more projects in the future with our friends at Giant Studios. They are dedicated to restoring the world’s vital native, tropical forests for all the right reasons.

The first photo is of Hometree in the movie Avatar superimposed on David Alvarez’s newly planted corridor property done at Giant Studios. The second is a new shot of the Hometree here at La Reserva, Papa Loco. The last photo is of a new miniature orchid we’ve been seeing recently here.

Please feel free to post a comment or a question here. We appreciate any feedback. Your support comes in many forms.

Papa Loco, La Reserva
Papa Loco, La Reserva's Hometree
Newly seen miniature orchid
Newly seen miniature orchid

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Jan 13, 2010

Maintaining It

Project Hometree photo created by Giant Studios
Project Hometree photo created by Giant Studios

This past Tuesday, January 5, 2009, the tree maintenance crew cleaned the “Connecting Forest Islands in Costa Rica” project property belonging to David Alvarez. The property is located in Aguacate de Tilarán and was planted on November 27th.

The baby trees are doing absolutely great! They didn’t need much cleaning since it has only been a little over a month since they were planted. The day was very cold up there, with rain, fog and high winds. As they cleaned the evidence showed that the weather must be like that most of the time because some of the baby trees were still in their nursery bags and one amazing little guy wasn’t even in his bag, with his roots exposed and all were living and growing. It is so wet and cool that they can survive in the air.

We got a far away shot of the reforested area. We could never find a spot with a view of the whole property before because we were always sitting right in it. One day as we drove up the road to Lago Cote we saw the property in the distance. Enjoy this photo, keep an eye on it as we post more updates over the next two years and see how the pasture fills in.

Thank you again to our reforestation partners, Giant Studios. Giant's motion capture technology is what makes the Na'vi come alive in James Cameron's movie, Avatar. The second photo is one they made of Hometree, from the movie, rooted in David Alvarez’s pasture. They are responsible for completing the funding for this project with their donation. They named it “Project Hometree” to commemorate the relationship between what LRFF is doing and the environmental message in the movie Avatar.

We want to encourage all of you to become involved with our cause in one way or another. Please post a comment here and make my day. This is one way to be involved if you can’t volunteer your personal time or donate.

Thank you all very much for your continued support and……LET'S GET PLANTING!!

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