La Reserva Forest Foundation
We work to restore the tropical rainforest to promote biodiversity, support the indigenous peoples and help people and business to become carbon neutral to reduce climate change.
We return farmland to tropical rainforest. We are the gardeners of the Earth. We are not here to harm it. We call our work of tropical rainforest restoration oxygen farming. This helps to curb climate change. We have a symbiotic relationship with trees, we need each other to live. They breathe in CO2. They breathe out the oxygen we need. We breathe in the oxygen they give. We breathe out the CO2 they need. It works very well, doesn’t it? That’s why we need trees. And we need more trees to take in the CO2 we release from our cars and homes, offices and industry of all sorts.
Our work began in 1998 on a 100-acre dairy farm. This lies within the tropical rainforest looking over Lake Arenal. It’s in the north of Costa Rica. In the early years we planted trees to connect the few small forests on our farm. We saw that animals could then move from one forest area to another. This kept them out of reach of predators on the ground. We decided in 1998 to let the tropical rainforest grow back again across the whole farm. Today we have a tropical rainforest here at home.
The huge importance of our work is not just in growing the tropical rainforest back again . We also give homes to native plants and animals. They lost their homes during 80 years of farming and in the past 20 years’ home building for people across Costa Rica. In this area where we are, the tropical rainforest grows back in as little as eight years. This quickly links together the small patches of forest. These links give homes for animals and birds. Some had not been seen in this area for very many years. Also, they allow species which are in danger of dying out to spread. They can mate with others and make their species strong again.
If you plant it they will come! Tropical rainforest restoration is NOT tree farming. That is a business for profit, and trees are grown then cut down. This leaves the topsoil exposed to the hot sun, wind and torrential rains and is consequently washed away. Our method of native tropical forest restoration is sound. Our reserve now teems with more and larger families of monkeys, sloths and other forest mammals. We have dozens of species of lizards and frogs and over 160 species of tropical birds. As the tropical rainforest grows and thickens, we are rewarded daily by the sounds of monkeys and bird life. This is becoming, again, one of the richest areas of wildlife.
We also work with the Maleku people (see the Rio Sol projects pages) to help restore their long lost tropical rainforest home. We grow forest areas through their farm land to link together the forest islands. We help the Maleku to keep their tropical rainforest by paying the land owners. And we aim to do this wherever we can.
La Reserva proves that it is not too late to save the Earth’s tropical rainforest and the life that depends upon it, ourselves included. As our projects grow, we connect with more and more people wanting to take part. Also we work with others who are restoring the tropical rainforest. Together we will make a healing green belt around the world.
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We plant one tree, actually for $4.50, maintain it 4 times a year and replace it if needed for the first two years and continue inspections for three more years.
What To Bring
Good walking shoes (it'a a very easy walk but in the forest), long pants, bug repellent and depending how long they will be staying with us other things like sunblock, rainwear, etc. We do offer Eco/Educational tours and it is all inclusive. One price includes everything, we handle everything.
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