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April 10, 2012

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April 10, 2012

ECO-Action can not extend enough praise to this wonderful organization! We have rated them as EXCELLENT in all the following categories: Educational, Hands-On Effectiveness, Community Awareness, Local and Global Actual Benefit, Virtual Presence, Enthusiastic Leadership, and Sustained Commitment! These are the kind of people and organization that can take one's breath away - and, in this case, produce enough oxygen for several more! The variety of projects and areas of effectiveness are especially impressive when considered vis a vis so many bloated and one-dimensional non-profit organizations popular today - and La Reserva operates on a criminally low budget for the time, sustained effort, and effectiveness obtained. Others in the field would do well to visit and assist this organization with time or money, and leave with renewed hope and vigor. Their enthusiasm and dedication are contagious! We are proud to know them and aspire to La Reserva's accomplishments. For more information: Beth Hollenbeck, Executive Director, ECO-Action, USA, www.eco-action.net, 407-695-5050

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 29, 2012

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February 21, 2011

I had the opportunity to fund raise for any organization in the world and chose to donate my funds to LRFF. This organization is run by intelligent, driven leaders that I've had the pleasure of meetin... more

March 29, 2012

La Reserva Forest Foundation (LRFF) is an incredible organization working towards restoring the Costa Rican rainforest. As a college student in California, I haven't had the pleasure of returning to Costa Rica to directly volunteer with LRFF, but I plan to in the future. They are so smart with what they do, considering all aspects on life in Costa Rica from the trees and vegetation to the monkeys and other wildlife, and the farmers and people trying to make a living. I've throughly enjoyed giving some of my very little income as a monthly donation, and have loved reading the periodic emails sent to me about their diverse and focused projects. LRFF is an awesome non-profit that I'm thrilled to continue to be intimately affiliated with.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 21, 2011

I had the opportunity to fund raise for any organization in the world and chose to donate my funds to LRFF. This organization is run by intelligent, driven leaders that I've had the pleasure of meeting personally. Roberta and her staff are truly inspirational. I hope one day to return to Costa Rica to visit their neck of the woods and plant one of their countless trees that are helping to restore our precious rain forest. Thank you LRFF for your extremely hard work and amazing accomplishments!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. I know that our air is cleaner and full of more oxygen because of LRFF.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand them to more locations across Central and South America because they do great work and I know they could handle the expansion with their passion and drive.

February 24, 2012

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February 23, 2011

I moved to Costa Rica hoping to be able to engage in reforestation and wildlife preservation efforts. I met Roberta and Daniel of La Reserva Forest Foundation at their first ever fundraiser. Despite h... more

February 24, 2012

I have nothing positive to say at this date. Sorry.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unsure

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 23, 2011

I moved to Costa Rica hoping to be able to engage in reforestation and wildlife preservation efforts. I met Roberta and Daniel of La Reserva Forest Foundation at their first ever fundraiser. Despite having virtually no funding or support at that time, they were planting trees anywhere they could get an agreement from landowners. I was moved by their dedication and commitment to reforestation and habitat restoration. I am proud to work with La Reserva regularly and have seen the foundation take on bigger challenges and become better organized and more effective in our efforts. Community outreach, educational programs, nursery creation projects, animal rehabilitation and reintroduction and biological corridor program, and ongoing forest docent programs along with cultural restoration projects are among the expanding efforts being made at La Reserva. In 2009 we planted 10,000 trees and more still in 2010. Other lands we have reforested are showing signs of returning fauna and diversification of flora in the few short years since being planted! This makes me even more excited about the work we do with La Reserva Forest Foundation. Roberta Ward Smiley and Daniel Spreen are a true inspiration and deserve to be supported and encouraged in their work at La Reserva Forest Foundation.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

revisiting reforested sites and seeing the return of the forest slowly but surely. I have helped rehabilitate injured wildlife and participated in release programs. I have participated in tours that leave the people fascinated and excited about forests and the importance of trees. I have seen the hillsides that were denuded become thick with trees and felt the change in local climate as a result of having more forested areas to trap moisture and clouds.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to secure some form of regular funding to support La Reserva. Being a foundation, La Reserva spends all their funds on reforestation. No money is provided for administration and no money is provided for personal compensation. This means that Dan and Roberta are always at the edge, financially speaking. If I could find a way to alleviate that, I would make that change.

August 19, 2011
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August 19, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

La Reserva was a fantastic experience and should be highly recommended to anyone interested in biodiversity, jungle hikes, or just nature in general. Roberta is a fantastic guide and she really knows her wildlife and plants. Thanks for the tour and alowing me to partake in the ecological restoration efforts at La Reserva!
Zack

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Observing the success ofthe efforts to restore the environment and natural habitat for the animals andthe inhabitants of the jungle.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more employees and volunteers to speed up the process of restoration.

February 27, 2011

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February 27, 2011

We visited La Reserva last winter, being ourselves plant nursery owners. We were touched by Roberta and Daniel's authenticity and great respect of nature. These leaders understand the fragility of life and their responsability in contributing to a better world. Let's give them our support!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

visiting their nursery and observing the great work they did.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

It is well as it is and I know it will keep growing to fulfill its purpose.

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

Besides having a wonderful tour and learning experience not only about trees and plants but also about the animals that depend on preserving our natural resources such as our native plants. It is really an amazing work of art what Roberta and her husband have done to help Costa Rica, and mother earth. Therefore, they are really helping humanity. She has stimulated my wife, Jennifer, and me to do the same with. our land and taught us how to do it. It is amazing that within a year how our land has reforested and hopefully soon all the natural wildlife will be back.

Alan J. Sault MD, ABHM

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By seeing the rapidity of the forest restoration process in the tropics, firsthand.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them to receive the funding necessary to restore the world's vital forest

February 22, 2011

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February 22, 2011

many thanks to La Reserva for thaking care of mother earth.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Saw refrestation in Costa Rica.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them get more friends, more volunteers.

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

The team that runs and supports La Rerserva is a dedicated group of people. They work hard and are committed to changing the environment for all of us around the world.
February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

Giving to this organization is a no-brainer. They do good work that benefits not only the area, the people, and animals but the globe.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the animals that enjoy their new forest homes

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more exposure

February 21, 2011

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February 21, 2011

I met Dan and Roberta thru a mutual friend who lives in Costa Rica. We had the pleasure of Roberta taking us on a tour of the reserve and showing us the diversity of flora and fauna in her backyard. Thru their hard work and dedication to the cause, their grass roots efforts are helping to restore the vital oxigen producing and carbon capturing abilities of tropical rain forests.
Hat's off to them and continued sucess in their future endeavors.
Charles

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen the results of their efforts in their reserve and the many updates they send about their activities

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give them more resourses to continue their good work

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