Project Hometree, La Tejona, Costa Rica

 
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Project Hometree, La Tejona, Costa Rica

Project Hometree, La Tejona, Costa Rica
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Papa Loco 300 yr. old Kapok tree

Papa Loco 300 yr. old Kapok tree
Papa Loco is approximately 300 years old and is a long time resident at La Reserva. He is the "hometree" at La Reserva and a treasured friend. (view small | med | large | orig)

Project Hometree reforestation area

Project Hometree reforestation area
The red marking shows the area of La Reserva that will be planted with native forest. These are the only remaining areas that cannot regenerate natural forest due to the thickness of the African Star grass that was planted many decades ago, after the land was deforested for cattle farming. (view small | med | large | orig)

Roberta in the grass

Roberta in the grass
In this photo you can really get an idea of the thickness and height of the invasive grasses. The baby trees can't penetrate this to reach the sunshine. Even if a bird drops a seed here the seedling will die without any sun. (view small | med | large | orig)

Two-toed Sloth

Two-toed Sloth
This is Chichas, the Two-toed sloth that was rescued after being electrocuted on high-power cables last April. He has almost completed his rehabilitation at La Reserva and will be released into the reserve before Christmas. (view small | med | large | orig)

Treating Chichas

Treating Chichas
Daniel Spreen and Roberta treating Chichas's hands at his enclosure. (view small | med | large | orig)

Purple Hummingbird Flower

Purple Hummingbird Flower
What beauty!! The center is reaching out for us. Can we reach back? (view small | med | large | orig)

Jose planting

Jose planting
Jose, the guard at the Tronadora High School. He helped us all day last August 1, to reforest the adjacent pastureland owned by the high school, without pay. It's amazing how good it makes everyone feel doing this work, even though it is dirty and tough. (view small | med | large | orig)

Golden Beetle

Golden Beetle
He lives at La Reserva and is seen here sitting on a Yos leaf. We plant many seedlings of this tree. There are several species of Yos in Costa Rica. They provide berries and leaves for the Two-toes Sloths to eat and they only lose their leaves for a short time in November. For this reason they are very desirable for shade during the bright hot, dry summers. (view small | med | large | orig)

Oxcart parading

Oxcart parading
This is Mario, the "boyero" (oxcart man), in a parade with his beautifully matched oxen. They are working up on the David Alvarez corridor hauling all of the seedlings up to the planting site. You will see him at work on the updates from the field at "Connecting Forest Islands in Costa Rica" project page. The working wagon isn't as pretty as this one, but the team is the same. (view small | med | large | orig)

Funded

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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Organization

La Reserva Forest Foundation

Tilaran, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
http://www.lrff.org

Project Leader

Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Where is this project located?

Map of Project Hometree, La Tejona, Costa Rica