Getting Connected at Finca Salvaje, Costa Rica

 
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Oct 12, 2010

Finca Salvaje

Capuchin Monkey waiting for the corridor
Capuchin Monkey waiting for the corridor

Cattle grazing or tree planting, which will it be? At Finca Salvaje the answer to that question depends upon you! If you’ve read the other reports you know that the owner of this property, Cindy Brand wants to put in a green corridor that would run between two rivers, the Rio Caliente and Rio Calientillo, but she lacks the resources to complete the project. She has begun planting trees on her own but needs our help to construct fences that will keep cattle out, to hire local laborers that can conduct the necessary maintenance around the newly planted trees, and to procure enough young trees to plant the whole corridor as she has envisioned it. 

This corridor will provide cover and food for a whole host of wild life. It will help preserve the fantastic diversity of life that thrives in the tropics, but is gradually being eroded away by deforestation and development. It will become another project in which tons of CO2 are sequestered rather than being added to an already overloaded atmosphere.

On October 12th Global Giving is once again offering their Matching Donations incentive. There is $100,000 in matching funds, but the percentage matched is based on a graduated scale.  The more a donor gives, the higher the matching percentage and we're matching up to $2,500 per donor! This is a great opportunity to stretch your donation dollars even farther and to help bring about the creation of this much needed biological corridor. Please give now and help this dream become a reality.

Cindy and Roberta looking at the corridor area
Cindy and Roberta looking at the corridor area
Beauty of the tropical forest
Beauty of the tropical forest

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Aug 9, 2010

"Plant it and they will come"

Long-tailed Manakin, La Tejona, Costa Rica
Long-tailed Manakin, La Tejona, Costa Rica

One of the things we say at La Reserva is “If you plant it, they will come!” ‘They’, of course, are the many native animal species whose numbers have been dangerously depleted by their inability to follow their natural migratory patterns.

The project at Finca Salvaje would connect the native forests along the Rio Caliente and the Rio Calientillo. It would allow species such as the endangered Capuchin Monkey to enhance their gene pool by gaining access to additional family groups. It would provide additional food and habitat for a whole host of wildlife.

And perhaps most importantly, the funding of this project will keep existing forests from being cleared to make room for additional pastureland. The reality of life in Costa Rica is that the land has to produce income for those living on it. If we can raise the money for this project we can add to reforested areas rather than losing more much-needed forest. Please help us in our efforts to get planting.

Future corridor site at Finca Salvaje
Future corridor site at Finca Salvaje
Mica snake at La Reserva
Mica snake at La Reserva

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Jun 13, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CINDY!

Cindy under a rainbow
Cindy under a rainbow

Yes, it is Cindy Brand’s birthday! The La Reserva Forest Foundation would love to give Cindy the gift of creating the green corridor project on her farm in San Isidro del General. This corridor project is vital to connecting two forests that pass along the two rivers that border Cindy’s property. She has expressed concern about whether she should allow the administrator, Doña Christina, to add even more cattle to the already heavily grazed farm or wait for the biological corridor project to come into fruition. Like most farmers in Costa Rica there is always the necessity of receiving an income from the land to support it’s activities. Thank you to all of you who have donated to this project so far. Send the link to Cindy’s project http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/getting-connected-at-finca-salvaje-costa-rica/ to your friends and family asking them to support this wildlife highway that will increase their mobility and provide much needed bio-diverse habitat for foraging. Next Wednesday, June 16th from 12 midnight to 11:59pm Global Giving will be matching all donation up to $1000/donor/project. Give a generous donation to the Finca Salvaje project on that day and remind your friends as well. Let’s give Cindy an unbelievable belated birthday gift next Wednesday by letting her know that the Finca Salvaje biological corridor project is funded and ready to move forward. LET’S GET PLANTING AT FINCA SALVAJE!

Spring orchid
Spring orchid
Peluchi, the growing baby sloth at La Reserva
Peluchi, the growing baby sloth at La Reserva

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May 5, 2010

Depletion and Repletion of the LRFF Nursery

One half of the LRFF seedling nursery replanted
One half of the LRFF seedling nursery replanted

To be ready for this seasons reforestation projects we have been busy replenishing the native tree nursery. After last seasons planting of 10,000 trees in the Lake Arenal area our nursery was barren at best. We are also expanding the nursery to 20,000 this year. From December until June each year we collect many seeds and seedlings from the La Reserva forest preserve floor and keep the nursery irrigated. This is the dry season, the perfect time to do catch up work and prepare for the next planting projects.

The Finca Salvaje project is an excellent corridor project. Cindy Brand, a hospice nurse from the United States, is the owner of Finca Salvaje. She wrote us recently concerned about the possibility of the project being implemented this year. The pressure is on for her to either get the corridor project planted or buy more cattle and increase the size of the pastureland. Same old story, eh. More pasture equals less forests. She must earn enough to support the expenses of the farm. Doña Christina, who stays at the property, has a few head of cattle that she milks for some of the daily expenses but it’s not enough to continue without expanding the herd.

Let’s get behind this great project, located in the Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor, the place he spent his life working to preserve. We will connect two riverside forests giving the animals a way to reach each one and enhance their chances for survival into the future.

Please donate to this project, post the link on your Facebook or Twitter page, ask your friends and family to contribute so that we can get this twelve hectare tract planted tin the coming rainy season. The rains begin in June, not much time to waste.

Johanna is waiting to get the nursery planted with the 12,000 seedlings to be used for the project. Our friend, Ed Berhard is also waiting for us to give him the word so that he get the living fence posts ready to build the fence.

LET’S GET PLANTING IN 2010!!

Other half of LRFF seedling nursery replanted
Other half of LRFF seedling nursery replanted
The native forest that will replace the pastures
The native forest that will replace the pastures
La Reserva sign at headquarters
La Reserva sign at headquarters

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Mar 15, 2010

The Savage Farm

Mantled Howler Monkey
Mantled Howler Monkey

The Savage Farm This is the translation of Finca Salvaje, the name of this beautiful project property in San Isidro del General, Costa Rica. The owner of the property, Cindy Brand, is anxious to restore the savageness to her farm that the project will connect up these two river forests, providing a biological corridor and an increase in habitat for the savage residents. Since posting this project last December, Joanna Becker, a local tree nursery owner has been contacted about creating the native seedling nursery that will provide the 12,000 trees needed for this project. We have advised her that when we have enough donations to look as if we will be doing the project she will be given the go ahead to start the trees for planting out in 6 months. Also, our friend Ed Bernhardt, owner of the New Dawn Center in San Isidro will be furnishing all of the living fence posts that will enclose the corridor and protect it from cattle grazing. This coming Tuesday, March 16th, global Giving will be matching all donations by 30% up to $1000 per donor. Here is our opportunity to get this project funded so that we can plant it during the rainy season. COME ON, EVERYBODY, LET’S GET PLANTING

Doña Christina, digging Yucca she has grown
Doña Christina, digging Yucca she has grown
Doña Christina in the river with Peligro
Doña Christina in the river with Peligro

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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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