This project is now funded. :)) Thank you for your generous contributions to "For The Monkeys". 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.
At Elias Cruz’s "For The Monkeys" project 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).
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 one more, "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 will be a thriving young forest in less than 5 years.
And last but not least the Gonzalez family in La Fortuna. They have been operating a small eco/educational tourism business on their property.
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 the For The Monkeys project 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 all the donations to 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 by the end of the year for this amazing project, For The Monkeys. 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!
We may have some good news in the coming months about this most important project and our ability to implement the it. But before I tell you about that I have great news in the present moment.
Last August we began receiving donations from the employees of Hewlett Packard here in Costa Rica. The company disburses “gift cards” for giving donations on Global Giving. A lot of companies are allowing their employees to decide where charity funds are directed. This past week more donations from the HP employees arrived and we are so grateful to them for supporting a Costa Rican project.
In January we also submitted a grant proposal to the Collegiate Church of NYC. We combined For The Monkeys and Rio Sol, Across the River to make one project and are keeping our fingers crossed that it will be approved. We should know in May, just in time to start the nursery and plant it by next November.
Thank you all for your generosity. Keep your fingers crossed as well and share this worthwhile project with your friends and family.
Let’s Get Planting!
Monkeys On Hold
Yes, the monkeys are stull eking out an existence along this short river distance. They’re still waiting for LRFF to increase their habitat and chances for survival by restoring native forest on these two separate farms of Elias and Irene Cruz Quintanilla.
We can’t express the appreciation we all feel (monkeys included) for all the generous donations this project has already received. Thank you so much!
We are featuring this project and three others in our end-of-year fundraising campaign because it’s a priority project for the monkey’s sake. Imagine what a great gift we can give to these three different species of monkeys all living together in the narrow corridor left behind after deforestation.
All we want for Christmas is the opportunity to plant 6000+ native trees of more that 110 species….. For the monkeys.
Happy holidays from all of us at LRFF, let’s double down next year!
Our reforesting project ‘For the Monkeys’ has been created so that the monkeys of Upala can move freely between two patches of forest. Though the project is small in size, the territory of the animals in the region will expand greatly. This creates stronger family groups – not only for our monkeys, but for other mammals, amphibians and reptiles.
So far, we have received some generous donations, but there is a long way to go before we can begin work on the project. We have learned from experience, that beginning work early leads to the risk of young saplings being overtaken by grasses. Therefore, we will continue to promote and search for funding in the coming months in an ever-expanding pool of potential donors and grant-giving institutions.
We at La Reserva are anxious to begin work on this vital project, which when finished will generate an area of great biodiversity which we can ALL be proud of. We are grateful for your interest and support and can’t wait to get planting!
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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
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