La Reserva Forest Foundation

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a Costa Rican non-profit, tax exempt foundation working to restore and preserve native tropical forests, dedicated to creating "tree bridges" linking isolated forest islands using volunteers and the local school communities, and fighting global warming through various carbon neutral projects.
Aug 5, 2015

Closing out Educational Reforestion in Liberia

Dear Global Giving Donors,

 

I wanted to personally inform you we are deactivating the project "Educational Reforestation in War torn Liberia" from the Global Giving site. At this time our organization's capacity and with the current state of affairs in Liberia, we cannot in good conscience try to implement this project even if we had the funds available. Closing out this project is disappointing to our staff and our contact and field organizer Neabei Toah who has a lot of faith and hope in reforesting the campus. La Reserva will continue to remain connected with our partners in Liberia and seek to assist them with their project within our means.

We appreciate your dedication and belief in this kind of work and hope you are amendable to the funds being transferred to another worthy project. Your donations will have an impact in the lives of another community by providing them with a way to reforest the land and generate income by protecting and being stewards of the forest. Currently we are speaking with family landowners of the Maleku tribe to expand on the reforestation work we have successfully completed along the Rio Sol biological corridor. This project is important in our work for creating access corridors for plants and animals, especially to the river. The landowner we are going to work with is excited to participate with La Reserva again and continue the good work we started five years ago with Etnies Shoes.

If you have any questions or concerns about the deactivation please feel free to contact me further. Thank you again for your support in our mission.

Sincerely,

Jun 9, 2015

Closing out for "Restoring Forests in Guatuso"

06/08/2015

Dear La Reserva Supporters and Donors,

                We at LRFF are currently in the process of evaluating and reprioritizing a few of our projects listed on Global Giving’s website. One of these projects, “Restoring the Forests of Guatuso”, is currently funded close to $2000 out of the $36,000 needed to implement the project. In addition, the reforestation efforts for this project are spread out amongst several small landowners as a “bundled” package for optimal conservation, but some have withdrawn their commitment making it a less feasible and effective strategy. It is our opinion that we need to continue to reforest the tropics and provide alternative land use conservation strategies for rural landowners in Costa Rica. For us to be effective and efficient we are directing our efforts to smaller projects that are much easier to fundraise and implement. We also are looking to further work with exisiting landowners who wish to expand their conservation efforts. In order to accomplish this we need to close out larger and more visionary projects that are too expensive, despite they resonate with our mission and ideals of reforesting and protecting large swaths of tropical forests.

                Our process will begin with closing this project out and using the current funds to roll over into another project. The funds from ”Restoring the Forests of Guatuso” will be combined, along with several other projects we have yet to close out, into this new project. This new project, to be posted shortly, is a 1.5 hectare expansion of a property we reforested during the Rio Sol Biological Corridor with Etnies Shoes. The landowner Lilly is grateful to be working with La Reserva again to reforest additional parts of her land and generate some income from the payments for ecosystem services (PESs). The planned expansion will extend the current biological corridor along the river and connect to another existing jungle patch. Keep an eye out on our project page on Global Giving to find out more information. We want the Global Giving community and the fans of La Reserva to know we are thinking long and hard about the best ways to use your dollars to be the most impactful. Your trust is important to us and we want you to know your money is being put towards successful reforestation projects. If you have any questions or concerns with the closing of this project please feel free to contact me further at: matt@lrff.org

You can also check out our website and Facebook page for more information and latest updates.

Thank you all.

Sincerely,

Matthew Lee

President

La Reserva Forest Foundation- US

May 14, 2015

Closing out the Project 38 Hectares

We at La Reserva want to take this moment to thank all of the donors who contributed support to the project “38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku”. Unfortunately this project has been posted on the Global Giving website for several years now and we are no closer to getting the project funded. At this time we feel it is best to close the project listing and direct the funding to another equally worthy project. We feel your support is better used consolidated into another project that has a chance of getting implemented within a reasonable time frame. Our organization continues to work with the Maleku and advocate for indigenous rights. It’s through global awareness and directed resources to these communities that provides opportunities for them to continue to practice their cultural and economic traditions. Oftentimes these communities are forgotten or so far afield that people don’t take notice of their plight. We want to draw attention to how social and environmental justice should be focused on indigenous communities’ rights to the land and the forest. The project “38 Hectares of Valuable Resources for the Maleku” was a small step in the direction towards remediating past wrongs suffered by the Maleku tribe. La Reserva Forest Foundation will nurture our partnership with the Maleku and find other means of elevating their rights and livelihood, to create and promote an inclusive world where all communities are acknowledged.

Thank you again to all of the dedicated supporters and believers in the work La Reserva Forest Foundation does to address global climate change and protect and restore forests in the tropics. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me personally at matt@lrff.org.

 
   

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