Restoring Forests in Guatuso, Alajuela, Costa Rica

 
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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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Jun 11, 2012

Doubling Down in 2012

Alvaro Jenkins, Reforesting the Deforestation
Alvaro Jenkins, Reforesting the Deforestation

We’re doubling down in 2012. This project was the first to be developed this year. No donations have yet been received for this project since posting it in March. But, we’ve been very busy developing four more projects in the same general area.

Last year LRFF planted 35,000 (35 hectares) along the Rio Sol creating a biological corridor of native, tropical forest trees. The total for this year after these five new projects receive funding is 70,000 trees or 70 hectares. Let me introduce you to these new projects and links to the project pages. I know that many of you would like to do some volunteer work for LRFF so why not help us fundraise, this is what takes 90% of our time.

“Reforesting the Deforestation” is an amazing project of 42 hectares of old cattle pastures to be restored to tropical forest. The area begins at the pristine Caño Blanco wetlands and will fill in forest between two existing forests. The story on this project is very interesting so be sure to check it out.

“Educational Reforestation in La Fortuna” is a very small and very valuable project for its size. Only 500 trees or ½ hectare and a very affordable budget. The benefits of this little project can only be appreciated by having a look.

“Rio Sol, Across the River” is a continuation of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project that we planted in 2011 and are now maintaining. Just like this projects name says, it’s across the river, exactly, from the areas we planted last year.

We’re waiting to start planting this year. The rains are here, it’s plantin’ time again. Let’s all do this, get planting.

The Gonzalez, Educational Resforestation
The Gonzalez, Educational Resforestation
Ebert Fonseca, Rio Sol, Across the River
Ebert Fonseca, Rio Sol, Across the River
Elias Cruz, For the Monkeys, Upala
Elias Cruz, For the Monkeys, Upala
Photo of reforested area before maintenance
Photo of reforested area before maintenance
Reforested area after maintenance
Reforested area after maintenance

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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