By Roberta Ward Smiley - Founder and President of LRFF
Maintenance cleaning 6 months after planting
A short update for all of you who gave so generously to the “Connecting Forest Islands, Costa Rica” project. Because of you we earned a permanent place on the Global Giving philanthropic website last year during the GG Open Challenge.
The project was planted on the David Alvarez farm in Aguacate de Tilarán on November 27th, 2009. When we finished LRFF celebrated the planting of over 10,000 trees in 2009.
The maintenance crew did one cleaning in January. This week, June 8th they cleaned around the trees again. It was amazing to see how fast they are growing and how many have survived. As they were walking back down the hill they saw a HUGE footprint of a Tapir in deep mud that they estimated must have weighed over 300 kilograms. An Ocelot print was also nearby in the mud. The wildlife are already moving in and taking of advantage of the area that used to be occupied by cattle.
Enjoy the photos. You can spot the small trees amongst the grass. We will continue to show you their progress for the next two years as the crews return every 3 months for cleaning.
Be sure to check out the other LRFF projects that we have posted on Global Giving, four in total. This coming Wednesday, June 16th, is a Matching Day at Global Giving. They will be matching all donations up to $1000/donor/project. Please help us to fund these other great projects and keep us planting. This is the rainy season, we have another 6 months left. So come on everybody and………….
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