Project Hometree, La Tejona, Costa Rica

by La Reserva Forest Foundation
Sep 11, 2010

Babies In The Ground!

Digging the holes
Digging the holes

Yes, that’s right, there are now babies in the ground, trees that is. We have finished the tenth day of work on Project Hometree and have 3500 native seedlings, representing 84 species, in the ground. On Monday, Ross Nicholson, a LRFF board member in the United States, came by to plant 50 trees and see the progress. The embarrassing part is that none of us took any pictures of him getting dirty. Last week, at the start of the project, the workers were cutting rows in the deep, matted grass. By the third day they began to plant. Half of the crew digs holes for the trees while the other half fill wheelbarrows with a wide variety of species up at the nursery. The wheelbarrows are hauled down to the rows, the trees are set in the holes still in their nursery bags and the hole diggers return to slit the bags open and plant each tree. See all of the photos I took today. The rains have been torrential and steady for weeks now. It’s been a great week for planting. Most of the trees haven’t suffered much shock. Every Friday Omar, La Reserva’s field manager for 8 years cries for a cold beer for all of the workers. I buy them tall cans and keep them ice cold. It puts a lilt in their step that’s for sure and ………


Omar Muñoz, La Reserva field manager
Omar Muñoz, La Reserva field manager
Loading the wheelbarrows
Loading the wheelbarrows
Ready to go
Ready to go
Seedlings in the hole waiting to be planted
Seedlings in the hole waiting to be planted
All tucked away and in their permanent homes
All tucked away and in their permanent homes
Neem tree, exciting medicine for the future
Neem tree, exciting medicine for the future



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La Reserva Forest Foundation

Location: Tilaran, Guanacaste - Costa Rica
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Matthew Lee
Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

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