LRFF under the compassionate and dedicated leadership of Roberta Ward Smiley and Daniel Wilson, along with their many amazing volunteers, are bringing about necessary and measurable results. Not only do they positively impact the reforestation in Costa Rica, they are educating and inspiring countless others around the world to embark on similar efforts to help restore our precious planet.
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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.
After one walk through the restored tropical forest with Roberta as guide, we were transformed and have committed ourselves to helping La Reserva grow and mature, just like the trees they plant. If a dozen people in powerful positions would take that walk, the world would be a different place.
My husband and I helped to plant trees last fall with other industrious volunteers. Roberta and Dan are extremely dedicated to reforestation and their enthusiasm is highly contagious. I now am involved in the monthly meetings and in a small way assisted with fundraising. It has been a very rewarding and positive experience.
While there are various organizations that are involved in planting or re-planting in deforested areas, La Reserva also makes an impact with education. Yes, they have planed over 10,000 trees, they have also "planted" the idea that the disaster of deforestation can be reversed. They have talked with, and educated local land owners, and school children regarding the importance of this project and the positive impact that it can have for all of us. Additionally, with the tours of the already re-forested land that Dan and Roberta have converted from pasture to jungle, they have been able to educate people from all over the world. Without exception, those who experience the tours come away with a completely different outlook as to the possibilities of reversing the damage that humans have inflicted on our environment. They deserve all of the credit for accomplishing this and with proper funding there is no limit as to what further could be accomplished.
I was a volunteer at La Reserva Forest Foundation for a month last year. It was an amazing experience doing hands on work to restore native tropical forest. During my time I was also exposed to some great literature provided by Dan and Roberta on restoration and environmental conservation in Costa Rica. While volunteering I worked on biological corridors as living fences, planted over a thousand seeds in the native plant nursery, and learned about tropical forest ecology. I liked the reserve and the work they are doing so much that I returned again this year and volunteered for a few days helping plant trees, repair living fences, and enjoying nature hikes through the reserve. This place has opened a new passion in me and I have the highest regard for the work that Roberta and Dan are doing for the environment. I hope that through the various ways they are conducting outreach that the foundation will be able to do more good for the local community and also for the global community who either knowing it or not, relies on these forests for a better Earth.
My husband and I took a tour of LaRserva alittle over a year ago. We were so impressed with what Dan & Roberta were doing we went back to the states, sold our house, and moved here to be a part of this special nonprofit.We're not the only ones who are here to volunteer.Everyone envoled with LRFF has the same passion. They don't just plant trees.It's very important to LRFF that the Ticos[Costa Ricans] are payed for their work.They plant the native trees and maintain them for two years. The forest, once planted, grows back to its thick, lush, green beauty.This is the natural habit of the sloth, birds,butterflies,puma, and our beloved monkeys to name a few animal species. Just last week at LRFf a pair of white face monkeys were spotted. Roberta last saw them here 15 years ago. They are coming back because they have the corridors now.LRFF plants to connect the forest areas to become large corridors so the animal habitat can travel and multiply in thier natural eco system.The indigenous people look to the forest for their food and natural medicines. This just touches the surface of what LRFF is all about.Please go to webb site WWW.LRFF.ORG. Come to La Reserva ,meet Roberta &Dan;,take a tour and see for yourself.The tour starts at thier house. There is no ticket office or snack bar. After the tour you go back to the house and have a cold drink. LaReserva is truely a "grass root" organization. That's why we're here and we're loving every minute of it. We just need the money to plant. Come experience the feeling of planting a native tree in the forest.LET'S GET PLANTING! That's our motto.
My husband and I went on a forest tour at La Reserva Forest Foundation and were astonished at how quickly the native tropical forest has regenerated from cleared cattle pasture in just 10-15 years. We were also amazed at how much this dedicated group of volunteers has been able to accomplish with very few resources. They create miracles from nothing!