Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family

Nov 14, 2013


A rare Flor de Un Dia
A rare Flor de Un Dia

Because of you this same forest in San Luis was funded for the second year and we were able to pay Mariano. I’ve known Mariano and his late wife Alba for over 30 years. January will be the first anniversary of Alba’s death, an end to her struggle with cancer. It’s been such an honor, because of your generosity, to be able to pay Mario the payments for environmental services that he so needs and deserves. That 14 hectares (35 acres) is absorbing and storing over 280 metric tonnes of CO2 emitted from human activity yearly not to mention the oxygen it's producing. 

I was able to pay Mariano this last month for almost another full year. We’re also due to perform an inspection there but everything is looking good, even the Capuchin monkeys are returning.

Mariano asked me to express a special thank you to all of you who donated to the forest. It won’t be long and it will be funded again and we can wait for another year. Mariano has been able to fix his house, put his children through school and pay for the special help he needs for the house work and children’s care.

This forest is one of the only ones on the shores of Lake Arenal. All of the other shore areas are either owned by the electric company or developed for tourism and luxury housing. So come on everybody let’s keep this place safe and thank you again for helping Mariano and all the life inhabiting that pristine forest. 

The strange buttercup grandpa orchid
The strange buttercup grandpa orchid
Flor de Un Dia, blooms November to April
Flor de Un Dia, blooms November to April
Each tree supports myriad life upon it. Look!
Each tree supports myriad life upon it. Look!



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