38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku

Apr 17, 2013

Still Chillin'

Barbachele tree, one of my favorites in the area
Barbachele tree, one of my favorites in the area

Still Chillin’

Marvin is still crying the blues because of his dire financial situation. He called again about one month ago wondering how his project is doing, how many donations it has received.

This always worries me, especially since he has already been looking into cutting some of the trees in the existing forest to sell as lumber. He knows it is strictly prohibited by the Costa Rican forestry law and the agreement he has signed with LRFF, so I had to think fast to come up with something to save that forest.

I promised Marvin that I would create an existing forest project for his property like the ‘Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family” project. People donate to an existing forest as a way to offset their carbon emissions because the trees in these forests are working 24/7 absorbing and storing the CO2 we humans are emitting at higher and higher levels each year.

The San Luis Forest project reached it’s final funding this past week for the second time in three years. We try to pay the landowner every year but it depends on the amount of donations received how long it will take. Hopefully we can support this beautiful primary forest, save it from being degraded or worse, deforested, and at the same time help Marvin with some of his financial problems.

Thank you all so much for your generous support of this project and watch for the new project that we will be putting up soon. I’ll let you know in the next progress report.

Planting Marvin
Planting Marvin's pasture land in 2011, the wave
Queen Achmea bromeliad, found in area
Queen Achmea bromeliad, found in area



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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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Map of 38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku