We are at $525! The trees planted at Marvin’s now almost two years ago are thriving. LRFF representatives went to check up on the property in June and early July, and were able to report great progress.
While seeing the property in July, a group of nine of us went up to the Maleku lands to honor all of the landowners who participated in the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project. Andres who works at HP in San Jose with his wife and two young children, volunteers Tom, Tammy, and Courtney, and Roberta and Dan, the back bone of LRFF completed the convoy. Andres and Roberta participated in HP’s Scope-A-Thon which helped identify LRFF’s greatest need. Very cool!
We caravanned from LRFF into the hills behind the other side of Lake Arenal to Guatuso. We drove deep into Maleku land and then hiked even further to three separate places to see how the trees were doing after two years of growth and establishment. We were disheartened to find out that someone had used Root Out herbicide at one of the locations, and to find that cows and horses had been in Marvin’s again. I’m realizing more and more that people are going to do what they’re going to do, and a contract sometimes can’t even keep them tame. Thankfully, on Marvin’s property, the horses weren’t harming any of the trees, and we located where the cows were coming from. Then, we all went to have a Tilapia lunch under an authentic Maleku Rancho, a large hut with a roof made of palm leaves with two open sides. The fish was very boney and we all had fun trying our own techniques of picking them out. Roberta presented the land owners with certificates. Even though I couldn’t understand their Spanish acceptance speeches, I could see in their faces that they were honored and very proud of their contributions. We took photos of everyone together: gringos, Ticos, Maleku, and all. To finish the day, we shot a bow and arrow, and all had a grand time.
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