Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family, Costa Rica

by La Reserva Forest Foundation
Butterfly from Mariano
Butterfly from Mariano's forest in San Luis

This project is very close to funding. On the project page you will read $845 remaining to fund it but because we had funding left over last year from donations received over and above, actually there is only $281 needed to fund this project. We took the excess donations from last year and added them forward to help fund this years payments for environmental services to Mariano, Alba and their children.

We inspected the forest two months ago and it is thriving. Here is something very exciting. The White-faced Capuchins monkeys are returning and Mariano’s forest is first place they’ve been seen, recently. We thought they were gone from this area. Farmers in the past used to put poison out because they said the capuchin’s destroyed their corn and bean crops. They’ve been gone from La Reserva (only 1 km. from Mariano’s forest) since the early 90’s.

Your donations to this project last year and recently on this second go round have made a huge difference. The now undisturbed forest is attracting wildlife that had retreated, waiting for a chance to return. It won’t take many donations to fund this project again this year, only $281 and the benefits reaped are a thousandfold.

Flor de un Dia, a resident orchid, San Luis forest
Flor de un Dia, a resident orchid, San Luis forest
Two-toed Sloth, another resident
Two-toed Sloth, another resident


Orchid spray w/fragrance of vanilla
Orchid spray w/fragrance of vanilla

Two weeks ago we carried out our six month inspection of the forest and it is incredibly healthy thanks to the support of our donors, whose money goes towards environmental service payments for the carbon that it is sequestering. Payments for environmental services to the Monge’s for the habitat and CO2 sequestration saves 14 ha. of rainforest from being sold and developed, the habitat necessary for the resident wildlife and the resources needed by this family. This money helps the family to care for their two sons, one of which was born with Down's syndrome and suffers from a serious heart defect.

The family has been conserving this 14 hectare rainforest for decades. This forest is removing 210 metric tons of CO2/year from the Earth’s atmosphere. Offset your CO2 by helping this family.

Each separate flower bursting with aroma
Each separate flower bursting with aroma


One inhabitant of the San Luis Forest, Manakin
One inhabitant of the San Luis Forest, Manakin

Mariano Monge, his wife Alba, and their children perform an incredible service: They maintain 14 hectares of tropical rainforest, protecting it from the rampant deforestation we're all too familiar with. That's 1,506,947 square feet of our precarious environmental future sustained for the benefit of us all.

The Monges' difficult, exhausting, and immensely valuable work is conducted in the dual shadows of grief for a lost child and sibling and the constant threat of hardship. The San Luis Forest is their livelihood. It would be easier to sell the land to developers, but the Monges understand and cherish the value of their rainforest, not only to themselves but to the entire world.

It's possible to lighten their load, carried partly on our behalf. Perhaps we owe them more than mere gratitude, more than simple acknowledgement, more than our best wishes.

Perhaps we owe them tangible support.

One family and 14 hectares of rainforest flourishing, 210 tonnes of CO2 per year sequestered, a multitude of precious plant and animal species preserved, part of our environmental future protected--all for just a little over $700.

Sounds like pretty good return on investment, doesn't it?

A resident butterfly feeding on Lantana flower
A resident butterfly feeding on Lantana flower
Two-toed Sloths depend on Marianos forest
Two-toed Sloths depend on Marianos forest


Blue Gallinule, a water bird in San Luis forest
Blue Gallinule, a water bird in San Luis forest

Some of you may remember this project being up on the Global Giving website last year. It was funded this past February and we were able to pay the Monge family one year of “payments for environmental services” for the CO2 their primary forest is absorbing and storing.

The income has been a great help to the family. After losing their eldest son Josue this past year they were able to do some home improvements that were much needed.

The “Save San Luis, Save This Family” project actually earned surplus donations which I have transferred over to the project for this year. Truth is for only $705.00 (USD) we can once again fund this wonderful project and be able to pay Mariano and Alba again in February 2012.

Thank you all for your previous support for this project. Because of your donations Mariano is now very inspired by his forest and plans to begin leading nature walks for students, tourists and residents.

A $30 donation will offset approx. 7 tons/CO2/year of your GHG emissions, by preserving 5000 sq. meters (1/2 hectare) of this primary rainforest for one year. Calculate via a carbon calculator about how many tons of CO2 emissions you and your family are responsible for, donate and live all year long knowing that you have equalled it out by supporting this vital forest property.

Beautiful tropical flower
Beautiful tropical flower



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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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