Educational Reforestation, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

 
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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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Jul 3, 2013

Let's Get Learnin'!

Give Back with Strack
Give Back with Strack

This project is now funded. :)) Thank you for your generous contributions to "Education Reforestation". Below is the story about how this project and two others LRFF had on GlobalGiving were instantly funded. Read on.....

Announcing the partnership of Strack Transportation and La Reserva Forest Foundation.

Restoring tropical forests for ALL life! 

Zoe spent two months at La Reserva in Costa Rica rehabilitating after being electrocuted on power lines. Matt and Mia visited during that time and we all agreed, Zoe is the “Ride with Strack and Give Back” initiative’s most awesome mascot. She is now free in the forest at La Reserva. The entire reforestation project is being financed by a small surcharge Matt has added to each of his clients ride. They're happy about it. 

"Educational Reforestation in La Fortuna" is being planted this coming September as part of the initiative. This is the Gonzalez family and they have been operating a small eco/educational tourism business on their property.The ½ hectare (500 trees) that Strack and LRFF restore on their property will be used to teach and inspire the many busloads of visitors they receive as guests each month. That old pasture with banana trees you see in the photos will be a thriving young forest in less than 5 years.

Another project, "Rio Sol, Across the River" is included in the Ride With Strack and Give Back intiative. 

Meet Ever Mejias, 100% Maleku and participating in the project with 3 hectares of old pastureland on the west side of the Rio Sol. LRFF planted 35,000 in a continuous biological corridor on the east side of the river in 2012. This is the first on the other side. 

And last but not least is at Elias Cruz’s "For The Monkeys" project where three different species of monkeys are trying to survive in a narrow tree corridor along the Guacalillo River. You see them in the below photos…baby Mantled-howler Monkey, Spider Monkey and the White-faced or Capuchin monkey.

Fear not, the “Ride with Strack Initiative” will increase their habitat by 6 hectares (18 acres). 

Thank You

Mia feeding Zoe
Mia feeding Zoe
Elias Cruz Quintanilla
Elias Cruz Quintanilla
Baby Mantled-howler Monkey
Baby Mantled-howler Monkey
Spider Monkey in meditation?
Spider Monkey in meditation?
White-faced or Capuchin Monkey
White-faced or Capuchin Monkey
Ever Mejia, Rio Sol, Across the River project
Ever Mejia, Rio Sol, Across the River project
Ever
Ever's planting area
The Gonzalez
The Gonzalez's
Gonzalez planting area
Gonzalez planting area

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May 9, 2013

Giving Back to Our Mother

GREEN program students at La Reserva
GREEN program students at La Reserva

Hoping to have great news on this project real soon. My time was up to write a progress report and so will have to let you all know the news in a few weeks. Bottom line there is a transportation company (we will announce the name later) that is planning to finish the funding for Educational Reforestation and two other projects to offset their 2013 GHG emissions. They want to “give back” and have asked their clients to pay an extra fee for each ride, raising awareness about the importance of giving back to our Earth.

Want to say a BIG up to all of the generous employees at Hewlett Packard for the donations to all of LRFF’s projects on Global Giving. You are making a change by being the change. Thank you so much.

We are hoping to start the nursery this month for Educational Reforestation. We will send out photos and the story next time. Thank you all for your support of this project and remember LRFF still has many other projects available for funding on Global Giving, so come on everybody…

LET’S GET PLANTING!

Progress of trees planted 2011, Rio Sol project
Progress of trees planted 2011, Rio Sol project
Tom and Sharon Miller, board member, at Rio Sol
Tom and Sharon Miller, board member, at Rio Sol

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Feb 11, 2013

Environmental Education

Leading one of the school groups at La Reserva
Leading one of the school groups at La Reserva

In our last progress report we discussed the new eco/educational tourism project that LRFF is embarking on. The Educational Reforestation project is a perfect example of this type of project on a very small scale.

The Gonzalez family have been offering environmental education to local schools and tourists on their small property for years. They have converted this old farm into organic gardens, a nursery and have even created a pond to attract waterfowl and other aquatic life.

The only land remaining that hasn’t been developed for the tourism project is the ½ hectare (approximately 1 ½ acres) that comprises this project, Educational Reforestation. School began here in Costa Rica again last week and the Gonzalez’s and LRFF are hoping to implement this planting as soon as possible. In this way the local students will have an opportunity to create the nursery that will supply the 500 trees, care for the nursery for six months and also participate in the planting.

We have done projects like this with local schools in the La Reserva neighborhood and it is amazing to see how involved the students get. They thoroughly enjoy learning how and where to collect seedlings and seeds on the forest floor and then planting these in their awaiting nursery. A great transformation can be observed in each and every one of them as they care for the trees and when the day comes that they are planted.

Come on everybody…

LET’S GET THESE KIDS PLANTING!

Local clowns on a field trip to La Reserva
Local clowns on a field trip to La Reserva
Children
Children's hands planting trees in their nursery

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Nov 15, 2012

Eco/Education Tourism

Resident hummingbird in La Fortuna
Resident hummingbird in La Fortuna

In recent months we’ve been working on an entire tropical forest curriculum to present to U.S. and U.K. schools, focusing on students of all ages. One of our volunteers has been working diligently creating a new educational website for LRFF. Part of that project will be to provide hands on experience either via a field trip to La Reserva, Costa Rica or working in conjunction with us via internet on a reforestation project.

We all feel that putting our hand out just doesn’t cut the mustard all of the time and our thought is that to receive we must give something in return. This is our way of giving to the future generations and consequently will bring a great awareness of the importance of the world’s tropical forests, restoring them to provide habitat and biodiversity for the myriad life we share this planet with and a solution to climate change.

This project, Educational Reforestation, is a local educational project in La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano. It is a very small project, 500 trees, and needs very little funding to be implemented. It will provide a lifetime education about how to develop and implement a restoration project to the students involved and their children because they will be able to watch the forest grow over time.

We have included this project in our end of year fundraising drive as a priority. With just a few donations we can plant this project in January.

Tree frog on a leaf in the rain, La Fortuna area
Tree frog on a leaf in the rain, La Fortuna area
Local hummingbird resting at La Fortuna
Local hummingbird resting at La Fortuna

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Organization

La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
http://www.lrff.org

Project Leader

Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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