Restoring Forests in Guatuso, Alajuela, Costa Rica

 
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Jul 31, 2013

What Thrills You

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What thrills you? Does viewing a gorgeous pink, orange, and wispy cloud sunset on a warm evening from the beach? Or maybe jumping out of a plane with only a parachute at hand to glide you down to safety? Or reading a good book curled up under a blanket by the fire with snow gently falling out your window?  For LRFF, and I’m sure any non-profit organization, it’s getting a project funded all at once by one generous donor! 

To conclude their awesome Costa Rican vacation, long time LRFF supporters Tom and Tammy Scala surprised Roberta and Dan by offering to fully fund a project. After considering a few, they all agreed on a significant part of this project, “Restoring Forests in Guatuso” and will get 500 trees planted on Angelo Cruz’s property next February! $1,225 later, Roberta was jumping with joy, intern Courtney was shaking her head in amazement, and Dan had a huge smile on his face.

The greatest THANK YOU in the universe to the Scalas for your enormous generosity and genuine friendship! Tom might even be able to return to Costa Rica in early 2014 to assist in planting the baby trees. Any and all donation amounts are significant; each time Roberta sees a donation come in that contributes to funding a project, she smiles with happiness and appreciation, but when one donation completely funds a project that built up happiness gets to be released in a dance of joy. Very cool to see and experience. Can’t wait for more pebbles and boulders of generosity to come! WE LOVE OUR DONORS! LET’S GET PLANTING!!

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May 10, 2013

A New Collaboration

The Barbachele tree, native to Guatuso area
The Barbachele tree, native to Guatuso area

Since our last progress report we were contacted by a newly formed foundation in the San Francisco, California area interested in helping to fund some of LRFF’s smaller projects.

 This new foundation has the most interesting and innovative strategy. They have a bar in which they hold fundraising events. All of the “profits” from each event/party are given to their partner organizations and they have chosen LRFF as a partner. They had chosen our project Educational Reforestation in Fortuna, Costa Rica to fund first, only 500 trees, but we already have a transportation company interested in funding this one (read the most recent progress report there).

So I got to thinking and realized that one of the properties in the Restoring Forests in Guatuso project was only ½ hectare or 500 trees, owned by Angelo Cruz. I proposed this to the Libation Foundation with photos to illustrate the property and they agreed. That means that the Restoring Forests project has 500 trees less to plant and I will be editing the budget and project description to reflect this. Bottom line, less funding needed to get this project implemented.

At our website we offer carbon offsetting for different monthly plans. You can be carbon neutral for life for as little as $5/month. On our carbon offset page you calculate your carbon footprint (emissions from all of your activities) and then offset it by planting trees with LRFF. http://lrff.org/offset-carbon/carbon-neutral-for-life/.

Now is the time for giving back to our Earth, the only way she can survive. “The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth”. In other words her health is our health and we are the gardeners. 

The Great Kiskadee, a big flycatcher in Costa Rica
The Great Kiskadee, a big flycatcher in Costa Rica
Bleeding Hearts at La Reserva
Bleeding Hearts at La Reserva

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Feb 11, 2013

You Can Offset Your CO2 Emissions Here

Social Flycatcher in a Heliconia.
Social Flycatcher in a Heliconia.

Here’s your opportunity to offset the emissions you and your family are responsible for each year and at the same time provide habitat for wildlife and resources for six participating families.

The annual carbon sequestration for this project of 15 hectares, once planted and a canopy is formed (within the first 5 years), will be approximately 300 metric tons. When you consider that the average per capita emissions in the United States is 20 metric tons/year then if 15 people in the US were to support this project they could proudly say that they are not only carbon negative but also responsible for creating habitat and biodiversity, a future for all life on this Earth.

At our website we offer carbon offsetting for different monthly plans. You can be carbon neutral for life for as little as $5/month. On our carbon offset page you calculate your carbon footprint (emissions from all of your activities) and then offset it by planting trees with LRFF. http://lrff.org/offset-carbon/carbon-neutral-for-life/. 

 Now is the time for giving back to our Earth, the only way she can survive. “The Earth does not belong to us, we belong to the Earth”. In other words her health is our health and we are the gardeners.

LET’S GET PLANTING!

Orchid found at one of the landowners properties
Orchid found at one of the landowners properties
Beautiful orchid in the Guatuso area
Beautiful orchid in the Guatuso area

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Nov 23, 2012

Let's Plant This in 2013

Rio Celeste (Blue River) near Katira, Guatuso
Rio Celeste (Blue River) near Katira, Guatuso

LRFF developed this beautiful project almost a year ago. There are several different landowners wanting to participate with portions of their farms or in the case of Juan Carlos restoring forest to all of his property replacing old cattle pastures with native forest. 

Two of the properties are in Palenque Rio Sol within the Maleku Reserve and owned by Maleku tribal members. All of the other properties are just east of the Maleku in Katira.

The most amazing part of this project is the pure intention expressed by all of the participants. After cattle farming and agricultural activities on their properties they all understand the importance of the forests that were lost not so long ago, in the 1960’s. Especially in the case of the Arias family who want out of the cattle business and are anxious to return their 7+ hectares to native forest once again. What an amazing opportunity for everyone, the wildlife waiting to return and the ability to sequester and store approximately 480 metric tonnes of CO2 annually from our Earth’s atmosphere. 

Let’s get planting this superb project in 2013! Thank you for your generous donations thus far, without you we wouldn’t be able to accomplish it.

Happy holidays and see you all in 2013. 

Central park in Katira with carved shrubs
Central park in Katira with carved shrubs
Aquatic birds at Tenorio Natl. Park, near Katira
Aquatic birds at Tenorio Natl. Park, near Katira

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Sep 7, 2012

Anxious to begin work!

great oxygen giver of the future
great oxygen giver of the future

We thank our generous donors so far, we know you are as anxious as we are to begin the work that is needed to restore the native forests of Guatuso.

Just last year, LRFF planted 35,000 (35 hectares) along the Rio Sol creating a biological corridor of native, tropical forest trees. This year, we aim to plant 70,000 trees or 70 hectares in five new projects, including this one.

We at La Reserva know that it is necessary to achieve full funding before beginning to work on our reforestation projects. If we plant too early, the young trees will be at risk from encroaching grass and vines which require constant attention and management to keep at bay. To give these new lungs of the earth the best chance of survival, we need to continue driving for donations, both here and in four other projects in the surrounding area.

 Your support and interest in our work is very important to us. We hope that you will be inspired to spread the word, volunteer or donate to us so that we can restore our native forests to their true health and majesty!

probably not in the mood for work... zzzz
probably not in the mood for work... zzzz
traditional Maleku ceremony in full flow
traditional Maleku ceremony in full flow

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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 Restoring Forests in Guatuso, Alajuela, Costa Rica