The project will turn grassland into a native forest with +/- 500 trees that consist of around 100 different native species. The project size is 0.5 ha (1.24 ac) & located next to a creek. A pond creation is in progress that will provide habitat for wildlife. The project will be used for educational purposes & organic food production. Student groups will be given tours & information on how organic crops/fruits are grown. Additional environmental benefits are erosion control & water management.
Between the years 1961 and 1992 the northern zone of Costa Rica lost over 90% of it's tropical, humid forests. The lands were deforested for cattle farming and cultivation of crops. Vulnerable locations are rivers and creeks. Water contamination by herbicides and pesticides cause a considerable amount of damage to flora and fauna that directly and indirectly depends on creeks and rivers. The lack of knowledge on organic farming, reforestation and mitigating climate change needs to be improved.
Creating buffer zones along creeks & rivers is of high importance for the protection of these vulnerable water ways. Planting a native forest around a pond & along a creek will greatly increase the local biodiversity. Many local people and students will learn a great deal about reforestation and organic farming, which are becoming important topics. This project will only reforest a small area, but it will have a high impact on educational goals & will help to mitigate climate change.
Because of the great variety of tree species it will create a habitat for much wildlife. In time the reforested area will also contribute to mitigating climate change, by sequestering CO2. Organic food will be used on the ranch which will create an income for the family of the owners and the reforested area will be used for tours and educational programs for students and locals to learn more about reforestation, climate change mitigation and the work of La Reserva Forest Foundation.