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 20, 2014

GIVE {learning} For You

GIVE {nature}
GIVE {nature}

Since we still lack all of the funding for “Reforesting the Deforestation” and consequently have nothing to report I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a shout about the Year End Campaign we’ve been working so diligently on. You may not know about our beautiful Facebook page where you will find great information on how your donations are working to make a HUGE difference in the world on many different fronts.

Rather than just ask people to GIVE donations my colleague Gretchen and I decided to make the Year End Campaign a way we can GIVE back to you. We wanted to focus on all the different facets of LRFF’s work so each week we talk about one, like GIVE {nature}, GIVE {education}…etc. You can see each of the weekly “postcards” attached to this progress report. 

We’ve finished this weeks focus on the environmental education programs LRFF has implemented in the past 5 years and next week we will be posting and talking about GIVE {air}. You can see all of the posts here, so if you’d like to learn more about how your generosity is making a difference please check out our Facebook page and like us.

For the Year End bonus campaign at GlobalGiving we have been directing people to another project we have posted there, “It’s For The Monkeys and 60 School Children”. It’s a smaller project budget wise and area as well so we prioritized it to see if we could get it funded and also win the bonus prize GG is awarding. This month we received a call from a young man and his father who are interested in taking the project as their own and fundraise at the son’s school to come up with the balance needed to plant the project. Not only that but the students (5) will come down to La Reserva with their parents to help plant the project.

LRFF's new website also went live this month and we are very proud of it, go check it out. http://lrff.org

Hope your holiday season is FULL joy and that you have much success in the coming year. Thank you for supporting us throughout 2014. Bless. 

LET’S GET PLANTING!

GIVE {education} = Give the Future
GIVE {education} = Give the Future
GIVE {air}
GIVE {air}
GIVE {jobs}
GIVE {jobs}

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Dec 15, 2014

Important News

School children @ Delicias in July 2014
School children @ Delicias in July 2014

Dear GlobalGiving Donors,

I am sending this email out to all donors who made a contribution to the project: Engaging Minds, Inspiring Youth. It has recently come to our attention the project is no longer available to reforest with the school Jardín de los Niños. Through miscommunication between the landowner and LRFF over timelines and expectations, the landowner declined to participate further. This is an unfortunate situation since we worked hard at building the project and relationship with the participants. We also highly regard every donation you make and strive to use your contributions in a way that fulfills the intent of the gift.

However there is good news! We have another project in the works that needs to be funded: It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children. This project works with another school in the small village of Delicias de Upala, where the kids will reforest 1.5 hectares (3.75 acres) of forest which connects to an adjacent project planted earlier this year (2014). The adjacency of this project will expand the benefits of the last project by creating more continuous habitat for local wildlife. It also gives the children an opportunity to work on a reforestation project from beginning to end. If all of the donations from Engaging Minds, Inspiring Youth transfer to It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children project we will be a third of the way towards funding it.

We hope you all find this new project a great educational opportunity for another community as we work towards reclaiming the land for forests and wildlife. Please visit the project page for It’s for the Monkeys and 60 School Children to find out more information from reports and pictures at our last planting near the proposed site. Thank you for understanding and all of us here at La Reserva Forest Foundation appreciate the support and generosity of our donors and volunteers.

Let’s Keep Planting!

 

Sincerely,

Roberta Ward Smiley

Founder and Executive Director 

&

Matthew Lee

Board President- LRFF US

Passing out trees to students in Delicias, July
Passing out trees to students in Delicias, July
The new property where the trees will be planted
The new property where the trees will be planted
Giving jobs tol community members and butterflies
Giving jobs tol community members and butterflies

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Nov 6, 2014

A Warm and Fuzzy One

Clowning around in the forest
Clowning around in the forest

It’s For The Monkeys and 60 School Children is a project that is near and dear to our hearts. This project is a continuation by expanding on a previous project called It’s For The Monkeys. That project was designed to help three different species of monkeys return to lands that were once cleared of its trees in the Delicias de Upala. La Reserva invited a local school group from the same village to help plant the last remaining trees for the project. The students were so excited to help that the planting crew, who were digging holes, could not keep up with the kids planting! There was so much excitement and activity from the planting party, a local landowner Fabio Trepovicht, a school teacher as well, approached our Executive Director, Roberta, inquiring about what was going on. She explained to him about La Reserva, the project and why the school kids were there helping. Fabio became instantly interested in LRFF’s work. He explained how he wanted to reforest the total area of his adjacent land that had been cleared many years before. The land is along the Guacalito River, valuable riparian habitat for species needing to access the water. By reforesting this section of river on his property it would also help reduce the erosion and keep the river from cutting into the banks.

Roberta decided this project would be a great way for the school children to take a more active role in implementing the reforestation project, besides just planting the trees. (Be sure to see the attached photos of previous educational programs LRFF has implemented) The kids could be responsible for starting the nursery, collecting the baby trees, learning to identify the species, and caring for them for the six months needed before planting. The children could also observe over time how the forest returns by following up with maintenance and monitoring, the school is directly across the street from the property. This is how the It’s For The Monkeys and 60 School Children project began.

At this point the project has received very little funding; however by getting this project funded we can continue to engage more landowners and communities in this process. As an organization we have been promoting this project on our social media and website. We have been looking for a corporate sponsor to fund it, but we are also hoping for a mix of funding by small individual donors. Our individual donors bring a passionate response and genuinely care about environmental education and habitat restoration. The more donors who become involved and lend support, the more people talk about the success of a project. We would like to thank our entire supporters who have donated to past projects, who know about our good work and commitment to the communities we work with. What we need is a way to connect these projects that have enormous benefits to the environment and the people who live nearby to a wider audience. We feel if more people hear about our work the more support we will receive to make a difference. How can loyal supporters of La Reserva and Global Giving help spread the word about how to reverse climate change to people who may not know?

First step is a presentation at the school
First step is a presentation at the school
Second step, walk in the forest to collect trees
Second step, walk in the forest to collect trees
Collecting trees in the forest
Collecting trees in the forest
Third step, plant trees in nursery at school
Third step, plant trees in nursery at school
Students care for trees 6 months before planting
Students care for trees 6 months before planting
Planting day
Planting day
Hands planting with reverence
Hands planting with reverence