Restoring Forests in Guatuso, Alajuela, Costa Rica

by La Reserva Forest Foundation


The project will increase native forest by 14.5 hectares (37 acres) or 15,000 trees on old pasturelands, increasing habitat for wildlife and raising local awareness by providing employment for local workers, nursery opportunities and hands on education. Working with 6 different landowners the project will return the forest that flora and fauna have been waiting to return to since the land was deforested between 1960 and 1990. More than 110 native species and 1000+ trees/hectare will be planted.
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Between the years 1961 & 1992 the Guatuso area, which includes the Maleku indigenous communities, lost over 90% of their tropical forests. The lands were deforested for cattle farming and cultivation of crops. It's caused a change in climate to the west, where less rain falls and stripped the Maleku of forest resources to live their traditional lifestyle. The use of agrochemicals has caused the rivers to be contaminated and consequently the aquatic and terrestrial life is fighting to survive.


14.5 hectares of native tropical forest will be recovered that were lost in the past 4 decades. "Restoring Forests in Guatuso" will return 14.5 hectares of Maleku ancestral lands back to native forest, subsequently helping to mitigate climate change by sequestering and storing a minimum of 230 metric tons/year, recuperating lost habitat and forest resources that the Maleku and other local people depend upon for their traditional lifestyle. If you plant, it they will come.

Long-Term Impact

The 15,000+ trees will remove over 230 metric tons/year of CO2 from the atmosphere, the landowners will receive carbon offset payments for the next 30 years on the farmlands they sacrificed to restore to forest, employment for local workers and the opportunity to create tree nurseries. LRFF buys the trees at planting time as an incentive to the landowner creating a lasting appreciation for their vital forests.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a XLSX file (projdoc.xlsx).


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Organization Information

La Reserva Forest Foundation

Location: Tilaran, Guanacaste - Costa Rica
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Project Leader:
Matthew Lee
Project Leader
Tilaran, Guanacaste Costa Rica

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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