This project is now funded. :)) Thank you for your generous contributions to the "Rio Sol, Across the River" project. Below is the story about how this project and two others LRFF had on GlobalGiving were instantly funded. Read on.....
Announcing the partnership of Strack Transportation and La Reserva Forest Foundation.
Restoring tropical forests for ALL life!
Zoe spent two months at La Reserva in Costa Rica rehabilitating after being electrocuted on power lines. Matt and Mia visited during that time and we all agreed, Zoe is the “Ride with Strack and Give Back” initiative’s most awesome mascot. She is now free in the forest at La Reserva. The entire reforestation project is being financed by a small surcharge Matt has added to each of his clients ride. They're happy about it.
Rio Sol, Across the River is included in the "Ride With Strack and Give Back" intiative. Ever Mejias, the owner of the property is participating in the project with 3 hectares of old pastureland on the west side of the Rio Sol. LRFF planted 35,000 in a continuous biological corridor on the east side of the river in 2012. This is the first on the other side.
At Elias Cruz’s "For The Monkeys" project three different species of monkeys are trying to survive in a narrow tree corridor along the Guacalillo River.
You see them in the below photos…baby Mantled-howler Monkey, Spider Monkey and the White-faced or Capuchin monkey.
Fear not, the “Ride with Strack Initiative” will increase their habitat by 6 hectares (18 acres).
"Educational Reforestation in La Fortuna" is being planted this coming September as part of the initiative, as well. This is the Gonzalez family and they have been operating a small eco/educational tourism business on their property. The ½ hectare (500 trees) that Strack and LRFF restore on their property will be used to teach and inspire the many busloads of visitors they receive as guests each month. That old pasture with banana trees, that you see in the photo, will be a thriving young forest in less than 5 years.
Hoping to have great news on this project real soon. My time was up to write a progress report and so will have to let you all know the news in a few weeks. Bottom line, there is a transportation company (we will announce the name later) that is planning to finish the funding for the Rio Sol, Across the River project and two other projects to offset their 2013 GHG emissions. They want to “give back” and have asked their clients to pay an extra fee for each ride, raising awareness about the importance of giving back to our Earth.
Want to say a BIG up to all of the generous employees at Hewlett Packard for all the donations to LRFF’s projects on Global Giving. You are making a change by being the change. Thank you so much.
We are hoping to start the nursery next month for Rio Sol, Across the River. We will send out photos and the story next time. Thank you all for your support of this project and remember LRFF still has many other projects available for funding on Global Giving, so come on everybody…
LET’S GET PLANTING!
Slowly but surely, because of your generosity, we are building up the funding to implement this most valuable project.
This past year, beginning last August, we have received many donations from the employees of Hewlett Packard here in Costa Rica. It is amazing to open my email account and find a ton of donations, all from these generous people. The company gives their employees gift coupons for giving on the Global Giving site. They must search through there and find La Reserva as one, if not the only, organization with projects in Costa Rica.
Thank you all so much for your support of this project. Ebert called me recently for a recommendation for future work in San Jose. He is trying this year to finish his university education and must supplement with either a scholarship or work.
He is very excited about planting the first area on the other side of the river from the Rio Sol Bio Corridor and is even thinking of planting all of his land if he can get out from under raising cattle. Give him a hand and…
The Rio Sol Bio Corridor project was planted in two stages last year. LRFF and the Maleku indigenous tribe planted 35,000+ trees (110+ species) in a continuous corridor along one side of the Rio Sol. The river winds like a snake through all three “Palenques” of the Maleku Reserve and more than 12 different Maleku landowners participated with parts of their farms in the project.
We are now in the final 4 months of project maintenance and are anxious to continue on the other side of the river at Ever’s farm. This project will return the native forest across the river from the biological corridor we planted last year in Palenque Margarita.
These projects within the Maleku Reserve have created a great pride and appreciation in the Maleku tribe. They call and send photos almost every week expressing their amazement at just how quickly the trees have developed, almost twice as fast as any other area LRFF has planted previously.
Thank you all for your generous donations to this project. We’re on the way to doubling down in 2013, all because of you. Have a great holiday season and we’ll see you again next year….
Let’s Get Planting!
We are very pleased with the donations we have been gifted so far, they have helped us in getting us closer to our target of “doubling down”, completing work in this area and taking us to the next stage of reclaiming Maleku ancestral land for which we and Mr Fonseca Marin are so anxious to start!
It is very important for us to attain full funding before we set about replanting for Mr Fonseca Marin. As we learned with the smaller sister project, the “Rio Sol Biological Corridor”, starting work before full funding has been achieved may mean our little ‘lungs of the earth’ run the risk of being crowded out by grass and other pests, which we cannot afford to keep at bay as we await funding.
This corridor will have a tremendous environmental impact on the area. It will create a buffer zone along the Rio Sol protecting the delicate banks from erosion and it’s aquatic life from the contamination that pours in freely due to the lack of protective trees. Together with the protection that the Rio Sol Biological Corridor offers from the other side (35,000 trees planted in 2011), the river will once again flourish, as will the biodiversity and the Maleku people who depend upon the native forest to live their traditional life.
We planted the Rio Sol Corridor last year, and we can plant this one this year! Come on everybody…
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