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 4, 2011

Much Work To Do

Maleku Ceremony with LRFF, etnies and the media
Maleku Ceremony with LRFF, etnies and the media

I was delighted to be able to take part in the kick-off to the cooperation between La Reserva Forest Foundation, Sole Technology, Inc. and the Maleku people. Working together, 35,000 trees will be planted along the Rio Sol which runs through the Maleku tribal land. The resulting biological corridor will transform the river, absorb over 500 tons of CO2 yearly, provide homes for a multitude of plant and animal species, and will give the Maleku people an area in which they can once again use the sustainable harvesting practices they’ve known for generations to return to their old ways. We have much to learn from them.

There is a great deal of work to be done by the Maleku Tribal Council in accomplishing their goal. Their gathering place for this work is in desperate need of renovation. The funding of this project will allow that work to occur so that the Tribal Council can continue their efforts to bring in additional people and lands for reforestation. Please help them accomplish their goal by donating to the completion of Rancho Bienvenidos.

Tree planting with PIerre Andres and Alfredo
Tree planting with PIerre Andres and Alfredo

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Apr 4, 2011

Summer in the Forest

Only Grandpa left to give shade. Dry and parched
Only Grandpa left to give shade. Dry and parched

It’s summer right now in Costa Rica, the dry season. It’s a great time to witness the difference between forested areas and areas that have been cleared of trees. Forested areas stay cool under the shade of the tall trees, underneath the leaf cover on the forest floor there is still a dampness to the ground. Out in the cleared areas the summer sun beats down on the ground mercilessly. Hillsides are brown and desolate looking, pasture grasses have dried out and the land is parched. Watersheds protected by forest continue to feed streams unlike cleared areas in which water is scarce, if available at all. 

Right now the 48 hectares of the El Fallaron project demonstrate the life-giving, water conserving properties of forested areas. Numerous species of amphibians, birds, and mammals thrive in there. It contains a wide diversity of both flora and fauna, undoubtedly some species that are yet to be discovered. It is a treasure chest that you can help preserve by your donation. We’ve already raised over two-thirds of the funds required for this project. We need your help to complete it and save this forest for all the life it supports.  

Deep, cool shade in the primary forest
Deep, cool shade in the primary forest

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Apr 4, 2011

Give ‘em Hope in Hard Times

Caterpillar in the rain forest
Caterpillar in the rain forest

If you’ve been to Costa Rica you’ve undoubtedly been impressed by the abundance of life there. Hopefully you’ve had the opportunity to take a tour through one of the many forested areas and been able to see first hand the fecundity of life. One has to simply listen in the morning hours to hear a multitude of bird song accompanied by the growls of the howler monkeys. A walk in the forest leaves you amazed at the diversity and interconnectedness of life. In stark contrast are the areas that have been deforested, where a single species of grass has taken over and little wildlife finds purchase. 

This project was created to preserve 93 hectares of primary forest. The landowners live simply and their deepest hope is that financial duress won’t force them into selling lumber or portions of the land itself. Yet they face a critical decision: will they be able to pay for the education that will help their family thrive? Your support can make the difference between their being able to preserve their beautiful forest or their being forced to sell parts of it. Your support can help them achieve their hope of higher education for the youngest family member. Please donate today and be a part of preserving rainforest and education in Costa Rica.

Tropical forest orchid
Tropical forest orchid

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