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.
Dec 1, 2011

Inspection Time and Looking Good

Orchid spray w/fragrance of vanilla
Orchid spray w/fragrance of vanilla

Two weeks ago we carried out our six month inspection of the forest and it is incredibly healthy thanks to the support of our donors, whose money goes towards environmental service payments for the carbon that it is sequestering. Payments for environmental services to the Monge’s for the habitat and CO2 sequestration saves 14 ha. of rainforest from being sold and developed, the habitat necessary for the resident wildlife and the resources needed by this family. This money helps the family to care for their two sons, one of which was born with Down's syndrome and suffers from a serious heart defect.

The family has been conserving this 14 hectare rainforest for decades. This forest is removing 210 metric tons of CO2/year from the Earth’s atmosphere. Offset your CO2 by helping this family.

Each separate flower bursting with aroma
Each separate flower bursting with aroma

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Dec 1, 2011

Welcome Ranch=Rancho Bienvenido

Bienvenido Cruz w/Alfredo Acosta-Tribal Council
Bienvenido Cruz w/Alfredo Acosta-Tribal Council

We continue to work closely with the Maleku people for such as the Río Sol reforestation project. We are carrying out much valuable work involving this tiny tribe of 600, down from their initial 6000 members before the 19th century massacre of these indigenous people for their rubber trees during which time much of their ancestral land was taken from them.

These lands passed into the hands of non-indigenous farmers who deforested it for cattle farming. LRFF and the Maleku are reforesting the land they live on and we’re buying back the rest to be reforested as acquired. The Tribal Council, that governs the new communal lands, needs a meeting place. Presently we are borrowing venues costing us precious time to set up and move equipment and people to each venue.

Furthermore, the current Rancho has suffered greatly this year due to excessive rainfall in the area. During one visit, there were 2 inches of water covering the earth floor, making it impossible to hold meetings there.

LRFF is hoping to be able to present a new Rancho Bienvenido (welcome ranch) to the Maleku for Christmas. With a total build time of just 10 days, this is a viable option, however we are still in need of donations.

Local resident at the Maleku reserve
Local resident at the Maleku reserve

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Dec 1, 2011

1115 Metric Tons CO2/Year

Two-toed Sloth in vital rainforest tree
Two-toed Sloth in vital rainforest tree

Omar Quesada has conserved this 93-hectare rain forest for decades. He, and his daughter Miriam, must come up with the resources to provide an education for Miriam’s daughter. She has only a couple of years of school left to graduate with a degree. Although Miriam works they live in constant financial distress and her daughter's degree is in jeopardy.

Recently we have spoken with them about the environmental service payments and they have agreed that if we can get together half the amount we promised to pay them ($30/ha/year) they would accept that until we can raise the other half. This will pay the family for conservation of this forest so that Omar's granddaughter will be able to finish school.

Payments for environmental services to the Quesada’s for 1 year saves the 93-hectare forest from being sold/developed, preserves habitat necessary for the wildlife, gives resources badly needed by this family and removes much CO2 from our atmosphere.

This forest is removing approximately 1115 metric tons of CO2/year from the Earth’s atmosphere. Why not help offset your CO2 whilst helping this family?

One variety of orchid in this rainforest zone
One variety of orchid in this rainforest zone
Another variety blooming now in the rainforest
Another variety blooming now in the rainforest
 
   

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