Save San Luis Forest, Save This Family, Costa Rica

by La Reserva Forest Foundation
Oct 18, 2012

Arias Family = Oxygen Farmers

Vine flower in the Arias forest reserve
Vine flower in the Arias forest reserve

As a newcomer to the Lake Arenal area of Costa Rica, I can certainly vouch for the area's beauty. The setting of the lake high in a valley, surrounded by magnificent volcanic cones is something to behold. But the rich forests of Tenorio volcano belie what is severely lacking from the rest of the area in favor of cattle ranching. Costa Rica's biodiversity is famous the world over, but it is thanks to guardians of the forest like the Arias family that Costa Rica's reputation continues to be deserved.

With La Reserva's committed approach to conservation and the generous donors who support our projects, Mariano's family can continue to keep the forest on his property, as his father and grandfather did before him. With the payments for environmental services he receives, Mariano and Alba can provide a better life for the family as well as the animals and birds that flourish on his land. This is why La Reserva projects are so valuable - they contribute to human and natural prosperity.

We would like to draw attention to a new and easy to use feature on our site. You can now calculate your carbon footprint on the LRFF website and purchase offsets in just a few clicks. Your offsets go directly to our projects, so what are you waiting for? Let's do our bit just as Mariano and his family are doing. Pass the link below on and let's heal the planet together. 


"Butterfly" orchid in bloom
"Butterfly" orchid in bloom
Bananaquit on a bunch of bananas
Bananaquit on a bunch of bananas



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La Reserva Forest Foundation

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

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