“Increasing Tenorio Volcano Forest” on Roy Whaley’s property is a completely different story. Another great Global Giving project that many of your supported in donations and/or volunteering. We planted Roy’s 1 ½ hectare area in June 2010 with 1800 native trees of more than 70 species.
The maintenance crew has returned every three months to clean the trees and always finds a large percentage “disappeared”. While part of the crew cleans the trees others replace trees that haven’t survived or “disappeared”. But, alas, three months later when they return those same trees and others are completely gone without a trace, not even a little stick left.
Daniel has puzzled over this and last week when the crew returned to Roy’s it was the same story. The soil is extremely depleted from cattle grazing and it has a steep incline so that whatever nutrients are in the soil run down with the rain to the depression below where Roy’s compound is. Dan hasn’t taken any photos of Roy’s because he feels it is a failure but it’s important to share every part of our work with you.
Dan picked up a truckload of large trees and delivered them to Roy’s while the crew cleaned that day. We will return again at the beginning of the year but in the meantime Roy’s worker will be planting these new trees. We will keep you posted on this mysterious tree mortality problem at Roy Whaley’s farm.
Thursday, August 5th, two months after planting the “Increasing Tenorio Volcano Forest, Costa Rica”, the maintenance crew went to care for the new seedlings by trimming the tall grass around the base of each. The crew reported that the new trees are doing great, some over 1 meter tall already. This has been an extremely wet year in western Costa Rica.
In fact, it was raining so much while they worked that they didn’t take any photos of the reforested area. This is a report to let you know things are progressing better than expected. The maintenance crew will return in September to all of LRFF’s reforestation sites for cleaning. We will publish photos of this project at that time. In the meantime enjoy these photos of life here at La Reserva on a very rainy day.
Thank you all for your help funding this project. One more step toward healing our Earth.
Yes, the “Increasing Tenorio Volcano Forest, Costa Rica” project has been planted as of June 3rd. Thanks to all of you who donated to this project via Global Giving or attended the big fundraiser for it last April 11th it’s a done deal.
Here is short update for you, because we at LRFF want you to know that your donations are being used for the purpose you gave them.
We began at 6 am loading the trucks with seedlings from the La Reserva nursery. Another truck went down to the ICE nursery in Tronadora to pick up a load of different species to help create the biodiversity necessary for a native forest.
There were over 17 volunteers and 10 paid laborers out on the old pasture planting by 7:30 am. By 9 am the sun was high and there was no shade. The terrain was easy to navigate compared to other projects but the lack of shade was dizzying.
All of the plantings take on the same form, a wave formation, as the workers dig the holes, others haul the trees in wheelbarrows to the trees permanent site. After each hole is dug someone comes around and places a tree in the hole. Next comes the tree planter who slits open the plastic nursery bag, places the tree in the hole, with some loose dirt in the bottom, then fills in the space with dirt and tamps it down.
The first LARGE, old pasture was planted a little before 12 noon. I looked over at the other old pasture we still needed to plant and calculated that we wouldn’t finish until much later that afternoon but amazingly, we finished digging the holes and planting that last field a little after 1 pm
There were 18 of us at the end of the day. We planted 1600 trees on over 1 ½ hectare. Roy offered his land to be reforested without any desire to be paid environmental service payments. In other words, if LRFF could raise the funds to do the project, it would be a done deal. Thanks to all of you, we have begun the rainy season with a giant step toward our goal of planting, at least, twice as many trees as in 2009. That would be 20,000+. Without all of you it wouldn’t be possible. The only way we can reach that goal is by getting our projects on Global Giving funded.
Come on everyone. Go to Global Giving, http://www.globalgiving.org
to check out the projects we have up there that still need donations. This coming Wednesday, June 16th is a Matching Day at Global giving. They will be matching all donations up to $1000/donor/project by 50%. Tell your friends and family to help, the only way you can, by giving to projects that restore our Earth’s vital native tropical forests. We are the only organization with projects in Costa Rica. We have six months left in the current rainy season, so……
LET’S GET PLANTING, EVERYONE!!
A successful fund-raiser was held for La Reserva Forest Foundation on Sunday, April 11th at the Rock River Lodge in Rio Piedras over-looking Lake Arenal. The event was dedicated to raising funds to reforest a 1.5 hectare parcel of pasture land which sits between the large Tenorio Protected Zone and a remnant of privately owned primary forest. Reforesting the pasture between these two forests will allow greater mobility of species, enhancing their survival rate, as well as increasing carbon-dioxide absorption and oxygen production in this area.
Over 120 guests were at the event to enjoy dinner, live music, and an auction of pieces donated by local artists. In total just over $2,000 was raised, enough to plant 1500 trees and maintain them for the next two years until they are large enough to out-compete the grasses in the field. Thanks go to all who participated in this successful event. More information about La Reserva and their work in reforestation can be found at http//:lrff.org or check out our other projects posted at Global Giving.
We will be planting this corridor the beginning of June when the rains begin in earnest. Our friends at Global Giving have agreed to let us leave this project on their site so that all of you who helped fund this project can watch the work in progress and the forest grow over the next two years.
This project was posted this past Monday, March 8th after the monthly meeting of the La Reserva Forest Foundation. Roy Whaley attended our meeting that was held at the Casa del Agua, thanks to Frank Goodell. Frank has been restoring all of the wood at the at the Casa while providing a place for local residents to exchange books and enjoy the different coffee drinks offered.
Our friend at Giant Studios, Paul Hynek, Director of Business Affairs, was the first to “kick start” this project. Within in 20 minutes of my announcing the posting of this project Paul let me know that he was on the bus. Thank you Paul for your generous support of LRFF.
Roy is only in Costa Rica until the middle of June when he will return to Wyoming for the summer. He is anxious to see the corridor planted before he leaves and LRFF is as well. . Here is our opportunity to get this project funded so that we can plant it at the beginning of the rainy season for Roy and mary.
COME ON EVERYBODY, LET’S GET PLANTING!!
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