Reforesting the Deforestation in Costa Rica

by La Reserva Forest Foundation
Mar 24, 2014

A Recent Visit to the Area

Planting day Rio Piedras, June 2009
Planting day Rio Piedras, June 2009

     LRFF had a distinguished visitor the first week of March, Ronald Jones. Ron contacted us almost one year ago wanting to know about our organization, the projects we have implemented and plan to implement (like this one), he was especially interested in the "payments for environmental" services model LRFF uses as an incentive for landowners to partner with us and reforest small parts of their farms.   

     I drove Ron to all of the projects in the area that we have replanted in the last 4 years. One in particular really blew our mind...over in Rio Piedras, we planted in June 2009. My eyes must have bugged out of my head because where once was old, unproductive, sickly cow pasture is now a multi-species forest. See the photo! He was amazed like everyone at how quickly the forests return in the tropical environment. 

     We traveled to Guatuso one full day and drove past the "Reforesting the Deforestation" project property. LRFF also has another project of 15 hectares with six different landowners in the same area, "Restoring Forests to Guatuso". Our destination was Upala where Elias Cruz is reforesting a six hectare biological corridor "For The Monkeys" on parts of two different farms. We needed to inspect his tree nurseries because this project will be planted when the rainy season comes, July or June. This project is a Global Giving success story like so many of our projects because it was partially funded by generous donors via GG and through that exposure Strack Premier Transportation in Los Angeles, California found us and funded the rest of the project. 

     Ron and I also met with the Maleku Tribal Council, saw the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project where 35,000 trees (more than 100 native species) were planted in a continuous corridor along the river that passes through all three Maleku villages. On the ride back from the nurseries we passed over Rio Celeste and Ron thought the river was contaminated but we explained that's why it's callled Rio Celeste because of it's incredible turqoiuse blue color. The photo below is downriver from the famous waterfalls where the waters are dark turqoise blue from the sulphur content. 

     By the time Ron left he pledged to work/partner with LRFF in Costa Rica to help us plant 1,000,000 trees in the next 7 years. This project, 42,000 trees, will be the first one we implement if all of our plans come to fruition. You can continue to help us out, don't wait, by sharing this report and the project link with your friends and family. Give us a shout out on Face and Twitter, we are making a difference entirely from donations that go directly into planting trees. So come on...


March 2014, see the house? Rio Piedras same area
March 2014, see the house? Rio Piedras same area
Traditional Maleku Upal (rancho)
Traditional Maleku Upal (rancho)
Maleku Council meeting in the rancho
Maleku Council meeting in the rancho
Entrance to the Maleku indigenous peoples reserve
Entrance to the Maleku indigenous peoples reserve
One of Elias Cruz
One of Elias Cruz's nursery
Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste



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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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