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 25, 2014

A Great Example

Local Jardin de Ninos w/Papa Loco at LRFF reserve
Local Jardin de Ninos w/Papa Loco at LRFF reserve

The “Engaging Minds: Planting Trees, Inspiring Youth” project is a great example of the incredible ancillary benefits that reforestation efforts can deliver while bringing together collaborators from all over the world to support a common cause. “Engaging Minds” isn’t just about planting 800 trees after all – it’s also about the critical services that those trees provide to people (like sequestering and storing carbon), the food and shelter they offer to native fauna (like sloths), and the amazing educational opportunities that planting projects can offer to local people.

The last point is especially significant for “Engaging Minds,” because this project integrates children from the local elementary school, Jardin de Niños, in every step of the project. Students will attend a presentation about LRFF’s work and the importance of Costa Rica’s forests before helping in the collection, care and planting of seedlings. Not only will students learn some valuable lessons about conservation and ecology, but as the future policymakers, users and caretakers of Costa Rica’s forests, the students’ involvement is also critical for the sustainability of reforestation projects countrywide.

Microsoft’s YouthSpark program recognizes the importance of providing young people with these fundamental educational and life experiences, providing funding to projects like “Engaging Minds” to support the training of youth around the world. This means that when you donate to projects like this, your dollars will go even further thanks to matching funds provided by Microsoft.

Our experience with students has only reinforced this important relationship between youth and conservation. At another of our project sites this past July, we set out with 50 children from a local elementary school and planted over 150 trees in just 45 minutes. Their enthusiasm was contagious, and we can’t wait to get back in the field to provide local youth with another planting opportunity.

For these reasons, when you contribute to “Engaging Minds,” you’re helping to support one of our favorite types of projects here at La Reserva Forest Foundation… and we think it’s one of your favorites too! Since we posted this project just three months ago, we’ve already received 11 donations and over $900 in funding. This means we’re well on our way to our $2,048 goal!

However, we still need your continued help and support to get this project fully funded so that the children of Jardin de Niños can have a hands-on educational experience and just one more piece of Costa Rica’s valuable tropical forests can begin to recover.

Happy students planting their nursery
Happy students planting their nursery
Receiving a tree at La Reserva field trip
Receiving a tree at La Reserva field trip

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Sep 22, 2014

16 Trees in 1 Minute

Angel planting with care and joy
Angel planting with care and joy

LRFF has planted over 8000 trees in the past two months. We have confidence that soon we will be planting this project, "Reforesting the Deforestation" as a sequel to our latest success. Here's an update of our planting activities...who, where and how...don't miss the video link!

On the final day of planting "For The Monkeys", last of the Strack Transportation sponsored projects, we invited the student body of the Jardin de Niños in Delicias de Upala  to help us plant the last 150 trees. Gretchen, Jimmy and I arrived at the school early and we all marched down the street from the school to Elias Cruz's farm, about 50 meters. We picked up Octavio at the local police station, who wanted to be a part of the planting. 

The regular planting crew had a tough time digging the 150 holes fast enough to keep up with the kids distributing the trees and planting them. We also had 16 trees to plant, purchased by residents of the Commune Utopia in Second Life. We marched to another area of the planted corridor that had been set aside for the 16 trees and that's where the 16 trees planted in 1 minute video comes from. 

Santiago works for Elias on both his properties. We planted portions of both one in Chimurria and the other in Delicias, Upala. During the nursery growing and subsequent planting his wife, Trina, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Santiago was very proud of the fencing and planting work he was instrumental in. He was Jimmy's right hand man. Trina passed away two days after the children finished the planting in July. Gretchen caught the magical moment when a beautiful butterfly landed on Santi's arm and didn't want to leave (see photos).

Daniel Spreen, President and Co-Founder of LRFF/CR, was unable to participate in the planting or pre-planting activities due to a serious illness. There were shovels and plastic boxes that we'd left out in Delicias the final day because they were still needed by the planting crew to finish up. Two weeks after the last trees were planted Dan felt well enough to travel and we went to recover the equipment and plant four trees for another resident and follower of LRFF in Second Life.

Jimmy and Yamileth planted trees for Brugos, we loaded up and all left one last time on the most excellent road trip back home to La Reserva. Most excellent because of the amazing landscape. West between the narrow valley between two massive volcanoes, Miravalles and Tenorio, then south on a well traveled dirt road to Tierras Morenas and Lake Arenal where the La Reserva Forest Foundation is headquartered in Costa Rica.   

The perfect ending to an amazing journey...from our first meeting with Matt Strack 1 1/2 years ago to the climax of actually getting all of his trees in the ground (9500+). Thanks to all of you and to you Matt for believing in LRFF and taking responsibility for the GHG emissions your businesses activities generate.  

Tree planters heading o
Tree planters heading o
Octavio with three planters
Octavio with three planters
Passing out trees to waiting hands
Passing out trees to waiting hands
Women planting, HOT
Women planting, HOT
Santiago with friend in magical moment
Santiago with friend in magical moment
One more tree planted
One more tree planted
Hard work hauling trees to plant
Hard work hauling trees to plant
Daniel, making a comeback
Daniel, making a comeback
Jimmy and Yami planting Brugo
Jimmy and Yami planting Brugo's trees

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Aug 11, 2014

San Luis Forest Thanks You, Once Again

Mariano receiving his annual PES check
Mariano receiving his annual PES check

Thanks to YOU this project has been funded once more and almost exactly one year since it was posted on GlobalGiving in August 2013. This is a record, most definitely and we can’t begin to express our gratitude for supporting this pristine and beloved local forest, one of the last left standing.

Mariano was thrilled to receive his Payment for Environment Services check and plans to make improvements to his farm and purchase school clothing and supplies for his children.

Before we gave Mariano his check, however, we went for a walk in the forest to make sure everything is untouched. We call it an inspection but that doesn’t sound very fun. Check out the photos of YOUR forest…it’s removing over 200 metric tons of GHG emissions out of our atmosphere annually and storing it. As long as the forest stays so does the carbon (except the natural decomposition processes in the forest ecosystem).

You are well on your way to being carbon neutral and we will do this every year for Mariano and YOU. Please watch for this project again, I’m re-upping it for the 2014 – 2015 PES’s. We are raising the yearly stipend on all PES’s that are being paid to $100/hectare/year, as well.

San Luis forest trail
San Luis forest trail
Tarzan swing = natural fun
Tarzan swing = natural fun
Lake Arenal shore line, water level down this year
Lake Arenal shore line, water level down this year
Big Fig in the San Luis forest
Big Fig in the San Luis forest

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