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Getting Connected at Finca Salvaje, Costa Rica



A 12 hectare (30 acre) native, tree corridor connecting two river forests full of birds, animals and native plant life that will allow increased flow of all life forms.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Finca Salvaje, is 1 mile from the famous Los Cusingos, near the city of San Isidro del General, where naturalist Alexander Skutch observed and wrote about the birds of Costa Rica. Forests have been fragmented for agriculture and all of those bird species that Dr. Skutch wrote about are disappearing due to loss of habitat. The corridor, through old pasture, will restore the native forest connecting the Rio Caliente and the Rio Calientillo. Let’s bring em back, they are waiting in the shadows!

How will this project solve this problem?

Install fencing to protect the corridor from cattle, plant 12,000 native trees, 2 years of tree maintenance, pay the landowner yearly payments for environmental services and perform quarterly inspections for the first 5 years.

Potential Long Term Impact

Connecting the two riverside forests will increase wildlife mobility assisting biodiversity, raise ecological awareness in the community, absorb approx. 600 tons of CO2 from our atmosphere yearly & add 12 hectares of native, tropical forest habitat.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $811

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $811 .  The original project funding goal was $46,110.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).



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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La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Project Leader

Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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