El Farallon National Monument preservation project ties in with the work we are doing with the Maleku Indian tribe because of the petroglyphic images displayed on the high bluff alongside the river within the Lopez brothers farm where the national monument is contained.
Please see the accompanying photo of a petroglyph outside the old “rancho” where the Maleku Tribal Council convene. This same spiral image is seen many times on the bluff at El Farallon.
The indigenous people from this northern area of Costa Rica were Chibchan. They traveled long distances on foot trading with other tribes, throughout Central America and Mexico. I believe that the El Farallon site was a stop along the road for the Maleku, just one tribe of the Chibchan people from so long ago.
By supporting this project you will preserve 48 hectares (110+ acres) of tropical dry forest and help the Lopez family maintain the national monument’s access so that more people can be inspired by the indigenous wisdom. We only have $1500 left to see this project funded. LET’S GET PLANTING!
The holidays approach, a time in which we contemplate finding the right gift to give to each of those we love. Often times we find ourselves wondering just what we can give to the child who already has a room full of toys or to a friend whose home is filled with every gadget imaginable. Make this the year in which you give a gift that will preserve existing forests by making a donation to this project in the name of someone you care about. Remember, forests are the lungs of the Earth; by supporting El Farallon National Monument you will be helping preserve 48 hectares (over 115 acres) of forest. These 48 hectares absorb 720 metric tons of CO2 each year. Give your loved ones the gift of CO2 absorption; offer them the continuation of oxygen production by this tropical forest. By your gift you will make them part of a preservation effort they might one day go visit. If they do, they can say to themselves, “My friend cared so much about me that s/he helped preserve the forests surrounding these ancient and beautiful petroglyphs. That gift has not only brought me here to see these wonders, it has ensured that this forest remains intact helping the Earth to breath.”
This year in Costa Rica we have had the La Niña rather than El Niño. La Niña equals = much rain. We’ve been buried in rain this year. So much that the Lopez family is unable to enter or leave their property via vehicle.
After posting this project on Global Giving many people called wanting to go on the great El Farallon petroglyph tour and see the covered cliff face for them selves. One tour company from the capital city of San Jose was interested in transporting tourists to El Farallon. Big surprise! The first people to attempt it became stuck in the mud on the last kilometer of road before the Lopez’s entrance.
One of the Lopez brothers has been working here at La Reserva on Project Hometree. One day he inquired about progress on the El Farallon project. We have received $110.00 on this project and still need $4,292.00. With funding we can preserve 48 hectares of primary dry forest habitat and help this family.
Please consider helping out on this project. The family continues to be isolated and in dire straits financially. Imagine, with the payments for environmental services each year for the beautiful life-giving forests they are conserving it would be possible for them to fix their road to receive and inspire tourists.There is $100,000 in matching funds, but the percentage matched is based on a graduated scale. The more a you give, the higher the matching percentage and they're matching up to $2,500 per donor! This is a great opportunity to stretch your donation dollars even farther and to help implement this much needed project. Please give now and help this dream become a reality.
We are dedicated at La Reserva to supporting local peoples and the forests on their land. It is an unfortunate fact that many families are tempted to sell parcels covered with native trees to developers because they have no other way to generate income from forested land. The Lopez family is one example of these forces at work. The government program that offered them minimal income over a five year period has ended and they desperately need a means of providing for their family.
This project offers the opportunity to offset one’s own carbon footprint by supporting existing forest that is in danger of being sold for development (a minimum of 500 metric tons/year). It will allow the Lopez family to continue their off-the-grid life in the midst of that forest and it will protect the myriad of species that depend on this forest for their survival.
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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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