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.
Apr 29, 2012

Kick The Cows Out!

Cows amongst the trees
Cows amongst the trees

You read in the last progress report for this project that LRFF and the Maleku planting team planted the 14 hectares of pasture on this property. There are already 24 hectares of beautiful primary forest along the source of the Rio Sol.

When we entered into the agreement with Marvin Castro, owner of the property, to reforest he was letting his neighbor pasture his cows on the 14 hectares. A week before the planting Minor, the dairy farmer neighbor, had to move his cows out of Marvin’s property. Marvin doesn’t live on the property and only visits occasionally. In the meantime no one is watching the property.

Since planting the property in December our field director, Jimmy Acosta, has found Minor’s cows in the newly planted area various times. This past Sunday, April 22, Jimmy went up to the farm at 5 am and again found the cows eating away. He suspected the neighbor was putting the cows in on the weekend when he felt no one would know. Jimmy waited for Minor to come retrieve his cows and explained again how this project benefits all of the Maleku community, providing more water and resources.

If we can purchase this valued property within the Maleku Reserve from Marvin it will be the first property in our attempt to recuperate the Maleku’s lost territory. There are two houses on the property and those houses will have families living in them who will protect this amazing old and new forest.

Marvin
Marvin's property from above, the house is circled

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Apr 29, 2012

A New Opportunity

Fruit salad through a straw - San Luis area
Fruit salad through a straw - San Luis area

We only need another $139 to fund this project and pay the Monge’s their payments for environmental services this year.

A great new opportunity has presented itself. We’ve had a 7000+ hectare existing forest project developed for the carbon market since 2008. Mariano Monge is a participant in this project but we’ve been unable to bring it to market and provide PES’s to the landowners. This is why the Save San Luis forest project was offered to private donors to help the Monge family along.

Recently we’ve received much interest from a new carbon company in London concerning the project. A verifier will arrive in Costa Rica the end of May to evaluate the project. From there we will have a concrete idea of the average CO2 sequestration across all of the project and a firm price to offer the landowners. Wish us all luck because it is a long drawn out process and will take some time but will provide an income for 30 to 40 years for these landowners who have conserved their forests for generations.

In the meantime we only need $139 to help the Monge’s this year. We did it last year, we can do it again this year.  

Lake Arenal from the San Luis side at sunset
Lake Arenal from the San Luis side at sunset

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Apr 26, 2012

Burning of the Old Rancho

The New Rancho Bienvenido
The New Rancho Bienvenido

I have new news concerning the old Rancho Bienvenido. I was out at Palenque Tonjibe in mid February to visit my friend Bienvenido Cruz Castro, for whom the rancho is named.

As we sat on his front porch talking he asked if I’d noticed the old rancho when I walked by. Dumbly I said “no, why?” Bienvenido said, laughing, “Well, last month a neighbor was burning his yard trash and a spark landed on the old Suita palm roof and caught it on fire. It went up like a pyre, amazing!”

Check out the photo I took that day of the burned rancho. Come on everyone the Maleku Tribal Council needs a meeting place more than ever. They have been unable to meet because of a lack of a common place and need to continue their project planning sessions.

I submitted an application for a small grant from the Rainforest Biodiversity group to help with the remainder of funding needed to rebuild Rancho Bienvenido. With all of your help and theirs we can get the rancho built by June.

Progress of trees planted June 2011, Rio Sol
Progress of trees planted June 2011, Rio Sol

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