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.
Dec 24, 2013

We Keep On Planting

The honorary sign we place for you
The honorary sign we place for you

This project is our favorite and all of you who have donated to it know why, “Reforesting the Deforestation” is doing just that…bringing the forest back to an area that was deforested just three decades ago by the same families. During that time the wildlife have been on the sidelines trying to survive by eking out a living. We’ve seen it time and time again, within months after the deforested area is planted the wildlife begin to return. One of LRFF mottos is “Plant it and they will come”.

We want you to know that while we wait for the full funding on this particular project, our favorite, we aren’t sitting on our hands doing nothing. Just today, December 24, 2013 we planted four families (4 trees/family) and one grove of trees (15) here at La Reserva in Costa Rica. See the photos and video.

This is one the most popular fundraising options for our followers. It is such an honor and so rewarding to give the “gift of life”. Even longer than one human life is the life of most trees. For Christmas we encourage people to plant a tree for a loved one and begin restoring our Earth rather than purchasing more plastic, electronics and other “stuff” that use finite resources in their manufacture. It’s just supporting the unending consumer mentality, a killer for our planet.

Not only that, this month we finished planting almost 4000 trees on two earlier projects we had posted on Global Giving, “Educational Reforestation” (800 trees) and “Rio Sol, Across the River” (3000 trees). You can see the reports on all of this on our Facebook page and their project pages here at Global Giving.

So as you can see/read we are not sitting around waiting. It’s amazing as soon as one stops worrying about “how” to do something without the resources all the resources and help show up at your door. That’s how the universe work, bless.

Let’s Get Planting!

Planting your tree in Costa Rica
Planting your tree in Costa Rica
Loading trees to plant the Rio Sol project
Loading trees to plant the Rio Sol project
A rare Acacia tree planted last Xmas at LRFF, now
A rare Acacia tree planted last Xmas at LRFF, now

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Nov 14, 2013

YOU ROCK!

A rare Flor de Un Dia
A rare Flor de Un Dia

Because of you this same forest in San Luis was funded for the second year and we were able to pay Mariano. I’ve known Mariano and his late wife Alba for over 30 years. January will be the first anniversary of Alba’s death, an end to her struggle with cancer. It’s been such an honor, because of your generosity, to be able to pay Mario the payments for environmental services that he so needs and deserves. That 14 hectares (35 acres) is absorbing and storing over 280 metric tonnes of CO2 emitted from human activity yearly not to mention the oxygen it's producing. 

I was able to pay Mariano this last month for almost another full year. We’re also due to perform an inspection there but everything is looking good, even the Capuchin monkeys are returning.

Mariano asked me to express a special thank you to all of you who donated to the forest. It won’t be long and it will be funded again and we can wait for another year. Mariano has been able to fix his house, put his children through school and pay for the special help he needs for the house work and children’s care.

This forest is one of the only ones on the shores of Lake Arenal. All of the other shore areas are either owned by the electric company or developed for tourism and luxury housing. So come on everybody let’s keep this place safe and thank you again for helping Mariano and all the life inhabiting that pristine forest. 

The strange buttercup grandpa orchid
The strange buttercup grandpa orchid
Flor de Un Dia, blooms November to April
Flor de Un Dia, blooms November to April
Each tree supports myriad life upon it. Look!
Each tree supports myriad life upon it. Look!

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Oct 29, 2013

One Down, Two To Go...

panoramic shot of the entire planting area and us
panoramic shot of the entire planting area and us

I realize that this project has been funded, but that has a lot to do with you so I thought you'd enjoy seeing it be planted...

On Saturday, September 28th we got planting. The Educational Reforestation in La Fortuna project is the first of three projects that Strack Premier Transportation is sponsoring to offset the businesses projected GHG emissions for 2013. Be sure to check out our YouTube channel for some videos and a beautiful slide show, but wait...there're more photos and news here. First of all a big up to Karlos Sandoval, Jose Gonzalez, Jimmy Acosta, Sidney Muñoz and the entire Gonzalez family for the help, it couldn't have happened without you. 

At 6 am Jose and Sidney arrived at La Reserva and we loaded 600 trees into Jose's truck from the La Reserva nursery. We would use these to mix and match with the Gonzalez's nursery trees to have more species diversity. 

 Arenal Vida Campesina is the Gonzalez's beautiful tourist destination in Jauuri, La Fortuna where the project area is.

This was a really difficult planting but we had a lot of help as you can see above. :) The land measured approximately 1/2 hectare (1 1/4 acre) and we calculated 500 trees. We took 600 trees from the La Reserva nursery and sent approximately 200 trees back to La Reserva from Jose Gonzalez's nursery, different species to give our nursery more varieties. All total we planted about 800 trees of 102 different native species. It was a bright, sunny day near the Arenal Volcano this planting day and we felt blessed until about one hour into the work. One group digs the holes while behind them another group distributes the trees, cuts the bags and plants them. In that hot sun we got overheated frequently and we realised it would take us a lot longer than we expected. By the end of the day yours truly actually felt "cold/chilled" inside although burning up externally. Strange!

We finished at 4 pm and looked back at the 800 baby trees we'd just planted. There was Arenal Volcano (see photo) in the background of the field we'd just planted and later on the rains fell upon the blessed baby trees. 

Thank you so much everyone for your generosity.

"If you want to go fast go alone. If you want to go far go together". Afrikan Proverb

The day began with this beautiful Torito orchid
The day began with this beautiful Torito orchid
Following the trees around the lake to Fortuna
Following the trees around the lake to Fortuna
Panoramic view at the Arenal Dam on the way
Panoramic view at the Arenal Dam on the way
restaurant at Arenal Vida Campesina, Noilen
restaurant at Arenal Vida Campesina, Noilen
Planting midday
Planting midday
Jose Gonzalez and his two nephews, volunteers all
Jose Gonzalez and his two nephews, volunteers all
Finished and there she is, Arenal Volcano framed
Finished and there she is, Arenal Volcano framed

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