David Alvarez-Our great ally amongst the cattlemen
GREAT NEWS!! Last Friday, the 20th of November we received the rest of the funding for the “Connecting Forest Islands in Costa Rica” from just one generous donation. The donors are Giant Studios. They have been working on the soon to be released (December 18th) film Avatar directed by James Cameron. In the movie the aggressive earthlings cut down the “Hometree” which is the central theme in the movie. The company wanted to find a cool tree planting organization to make a donation to and they found us here, on the Global Giving website. They have already given Jim Cameron a tree they had made for him when they wrapped the movie. They have commemorated this donation to LRFF by naming it “Project Hometree”. They have had wristbands made of recycled silicone and are giving them to all the cast and crew at the screening party.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Giant Studios for this great opportunity. It is so satisfying to know that the project is completely funded. Now I have been busy posting new projects on the Global Giving website. You will be notified of these in the next few days.
Last week the topographer, Alex Araya, his assistant, Omar Muñoz and Daniel did the survey of the corridor area. Alex has finished the map and we are ready to plant this Friday, the 27th of November. The planting area is about ½ kilometer from the entrance gate on the road, so all of the trees and fence posts will have to be hauled up by oxcart. On Wednesday the 25th the “boyero” (oxcart man) will start hauling the trees and posts up while the eleven-man crew digs the holes and places the trees near them.
David Alvarez has agreed to keep the cattle out of the adjacent pastures for a few more weeks. This gives us the opportunity to plant before we have to install the fencing. We won’t have to crawl through barbed wire fence to get where we are going.
Watch for the next update from the field and the blog I will post after the planting. There is so much to tell and many great picturesque photos on the way to you from us. The new projects will be up on Global Giving in the next few days giving all of you donors a special gift giving opportunity. You will be able to make a donation in honor of a friend or family member. I will send you all of the info very soon.
So, hey, everybody……………
LET’S GET PLANTING!!!
Engineer Alex Araya, topographer and Omar Muñoz measuring
The reward from Mother Earth, exquisite beauty