Reforesting the Deforestation in Costa Rica

Aug 3, 2012

A Big Challenge, A Big Prize

Gaudy tree frog came for a visit in Guatuso
Gaudy tree frog came for a visit in Guatuso

This project will restore 42 hectares of ancestral Maleku land and be the biggest LRFF has undertaken to date. As they grow the trees will connect two forest strips, greatly increasing the habitat of species that are struggling in small isolated islands of forest.  Restoring this land is a tremendous step in our attempt to restore the native tropical forests that Alvaro and his Maleku workers cleared for cattle farming. 50 years later they have seen how their lives and environment has changed as a result and they now want to restore what they destroyed.  Our field director Jimmy is especially keen to start restoring this land as his grandfather was one of the Maleku who helped pull the trees down. 

Back then tearing down their beloved trees was the only way to financially survive. Today they can generate sustainable incomes by restoring and protecting the trees. Eventually they will receive environmental service payments for the 840 tonnes/year of CO2 these trees will sequester. In the meantime the project will provide them with employment and education. 

Let’s help them replace these degraded lands with an abundance of native trees and watch as we increase the habitat and mobility for some of the world’s most unique and extraordinary creatures and plants flood back to the area.

It’s a large sum to raise, but it’s a big prize for all of us to receive. 

Cano Blanco wetlands, part of the restoration area
Cano Blanco wetlands, part of the restoration area
A creek leading to the wetlands from Alvaro
A creek leading to the wetlands from Alvaro's farm



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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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