Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family, Costa Rica

 
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Paying Mariano his first PES check, thanks to you
Paying Mariano his first PES check, thanks to you

I’ve known Mariano and Alba for almost 30 years now, from the first days after we arrived in the Tilarán area. They were a young couple in love and the most memorable thing I remember about them from those days was what a great dance couple they were. I would watch them at the local dances, whirling with feet entwined, never stepping on each other’s feet doing the cumbia or salsa.

 Later they married after a very long courtship. Mariano is an expert horseman as well, training the local horses so that their owners can ride them in the popular horse parades, called “topes” in Costa Rica.

 Mariano and Alba live near the San Luis forest that they care for and preserve for the wildlife and ALL life on Earth, providing habitat and CO2 emission sequestration. They have their cattle pastures next to the forest and after receiving the funds from you to pay them one year’s worth of payments for environmental service an amazing thing began to happen. The White-faced (Capuchin) Monkey began being spotted in the forest along with many different bird and butterfly species. The White-faced Monkey had all but disappeared until then.

 It just goes to show you how good intentions connect around the world to bring health and abundance. Rather than seeing what we don’t have let’s always look at what we do have, because we always have everything we need in every moment.

 Not much more needed to finish the funding for this amazing project and be able to pay Mariano and Alba for one more year of conservation. It is an outstanding forest, in many ways. It is the only forest in the area along the banks of Lake Arenal and it is an outstanding habitat seeing the return of many species locals thought were lost.

Looking down the lake from the western end.
Looking down the lake from the western end.
San Luis forest from Google maps. Outstanding!
San Luis forest from Google maps. Outstanding!
Howler Monkey, mother and baby
Howler Monkey, mother and baby

As a newcomer to the Lake Arenal area of Costa Rica, I can certainly vouch for the area's beauty. The setting of the lake high in a valley, surrounded by magnificent volcanic cones is something to behold. But the rich forests of Tenorio volcano belie what is severely lacking from the rest of the area in favor of cattle ranching. Costa Rica's biodiversity is famous the world over, but it is thanks to guardians of the forest like the Arias family that Costa Rica's reputation continues to be deserved.

With La Reserva's committed approach to conservation and the generous donors who support our projects, Mariano's family can continue to keep the forest on his property, as his father and grandfather did before him. With the payments for environmental services he receives, Mariano and Alba can provide a better life for the family as well as the animals and birds that flourish on his land. This is why La Reserva projects are so valuable - they contribute to human and natural prosperity.

We would like to draw attention to a new and easy to use feature on our site. You can now calculate your carbon footprint on the LRFF website and purchase offsets in just a few clicks. Your offsets go directly to our projects, so what are you waiting for? Let's do our bit just as Mariano and his family are doing. Pass the link below on and let's heal the planet together. 

Queen Achmea flower, a native of the forest
Queen Achmea flower, a native of the forest

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Been waiting for this day
Been waiting for this day

Thanks to all of you who contributed to the “Save This Forest, Save This Family” project, we were able to pay the Monge family this past weekend the check for $720 to cover “payments for environmental services” to conserve this exquisite 12 hectare forest on the shores of Lake Arenal.

I have been anxious to take this photo and share it with you. The San Luis forest is being preserved and working to clean our Earth’s atmosphere for 2011 because of you. As a result of the project being funded Mariano already has people requesting a walk through the only forest tract left in the community of San Luis.

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The forest you have preserved this year
The forest you have preserved this year

“Save San Luis, Save This Family” project received its final donation and was completely funded a few days before Christmas. Thank you all for your generous donations to this project.

I was so excited that I called Mariano and Alba immediately. They were ecstatic, especially after all that they have been through this past year. The loss of their son, Josue, Alba’s cancer that went into remission and is now back plus the constant financial need they live with year after year.

When LRFF receives the final disbursement for this project from Global Giving I will post a new progress report so that you can all see the Monge family receive the check to preserve this beautiful, tropical forest for the first year.

Thank you again from all of us here in Costa Rica for your great generosity.

The family you have saved this year
The family you have saved this year

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La Reserva seedling nursery
La Reserva seedling nursery

There isn't much to report on this project, although we have received two fairly large donations in the past month. The Monge family is trying to put their lives together since losing their beloved son, Josue in September. The forest is continuing to sequester CO2 from our Earth's atmosphere yet the family who is conserving it receives no income from these 12 hectares of tropical rainforest. In fact it is responsible for removing approximately 180 metric tons of CO2 annually. How many metric tons are you and your family or business responsible for emitting? Here's a great way to offset you GHG emissions.

Only $600 is needed to finish the funding for this project that will ensure that the 12 hectares (about 26 acres) of lakeside forest and the abundant life within it will be preserved. It’s of vital importance to save this tract of forest from the development that has been prevalent in this area. The myriad of animals who thrive there depend upon it.

If you read the first report on this project you know that the Monge family who own the land have been hard hit by personal loss. Without the funding for this project they may well be driven to other methods of securing income from their land such as selling off portions for development or cutting down mature trees for their enormous commercial value. Your gift could determine the outcome. Be part of the solution that will preserve this existing forest, donate today!

Tiger butterfly
Tiger butterfly
Mariano and Alba Monge with their children
Mariano and Alba Monge with their children

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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

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