Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family

Aug 11, 2014

San Luis Forest Thanks You, Once Again

Mariano receiving his annual PES check
Mariano receiving his annual PES check

Thanks to YOU this project has been funded once more and almost exactly one year since it was posted on GlobalGiving in August 2013. This is a record, most definitely and we can’t begin to express our gratitude for supporting this pristine and beloved local forest, one of the last left standing.

Mariano was thrilled to receive his Payment for Environment Services check and plans to make improvements to his farm and purchase school clothing and supplies for his children.

Before we gave Mariano his check, however, we went for a walk in the forest to make sure everything is untouched. We call it an inspection but that doesn’t sound very fun. Check out the photos of YOUR forest…it’s removing over 200 metric tons of GHG emissions out of our atmosphere annually and storing it. As long as the forest stays so does the carbon (except the natural decomposition processes in the forest ecosystem).

You are well on your way to being carbon neutral and we will do this every year for Mariano and YOU. Please watch for this project again, I’m re-upping it for the 2014 – 2015 PES’s. We are raising the yearly stipend on all PES’s that are being paid to $100/hectare/year, as well.

San Luis forest trail
San Luis forest trail
Tarzan swing = natural fun
Tarzan swing = natural fun
Lake Arenal shore line, water level down this year
Lake Arenal shore line, water level down this year
Big Fig in the San Luis forest
Big Fig in the San Luis forest



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Roberta Ward Smiley

Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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