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 6, 2011

Thank You All So Much

Before your help, our office/kitchen/dining room
Before your help, our office/kitchen/dining room

I wanted to thank all of you who contributed to this project. I have removed it from the Global Giving project page as a funded project.

The budget for this project was $9,592 and with your help we raised $1008. Last September we were able to buy a new/used desktop iMac computer (see photo) and a UPS battery pack.  This has been a HUGE help in my work, thank you so much.

In January two of our supporters won the Ford Focus Global Test Drive contest with their video submissions. Each contestant won an all expense paid trip for two to Spain for the Ford Global Test Drive, they got to keep the new Ford Focus for six weeks, and $10,000 to donate to their favorite charity, LRFF. They were also encouraged to create some type of event to promote the new Focus and the organization they support.

My friend and colleague, Pedro Bestler, is organizing an event in Berlin for Earth Day called Let’s Get Planting Global Event, ( www.letsgetplanting.com ). It will be taking place on the 21st and 22nd of April with yours truly being interviewed, Pedro and I then helping people to rediscover their connection to the Earth through dance, rhythm, and celebration, a treasure hunt and the Earth Dance or Dance of the Universe.

During my stay in Berlin I will be purchasing a brand new 13” laptop, a new keyboard and iPhone with the remainder of the donations for this project at Global Giving and the Ford Focus prize money. Thank you again for supporting this project.

ONWARD AND UPWARD!

LET’S GET PLANTING!

Old laptop that will be replaced in Germany
Old laptop that will be replaced in Germany
After your help - office with a view of the forest
After your help - office with a view of the forest

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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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