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.
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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Aug 9, 2010

Following Up

Bromeliad flower at La Reserva
Bromeliad flower at La Reserva

Thursday, August 5th, two months after planting the “Increasing Tenorio Volcano Forest, Costa Rica”, the maintenance crew went to care for the new seedlings by trimming the tall grass around the base of each. The crew reported that the new trees are doing great, some over 1 meter tall already. This has been an extremely wet year in western Costa Rica.

In fact, it was raining so much while they worked that they didn’t take any photos of the reforested area. This is a report to let you know things are progressing better than expected. The maintenance crew will return in September to all of LRFF’s reforestation sites for cleaning. We will publish photos of this project at that time. In the meantime enjoy these photos of life here at La Reserva on a very rainy day.

Thank you all for your help funding this project. One more step toward healing our Earth.

HUGE ( 4 inches) insect at La Reserva
HUGE ( 4 inches) insect at La Reserva
Mushrooms growing on dead wood
Mushrooms growing on dead wood

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