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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: La Reserva Forest Foundation restores and preserves native tropical forests for all living things by planting diverse tree species, educating people, partnering with land-owners and inspiring all to share our vision.

Geographic areas served: Tropical forest belt around the world

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a special project non only committed with nature but also people and their local economy.

They are working hard to restore native tropical forests by planting trees, educating people, inspiring donors and partnering with private and public landowners, giving to many the opportunity to contribute to the positive change for our planet.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I am the CEO, founder and owner of OLIVAfilms, a nature documentary production company from Costa Rica (www.OLIVAfilms.com). I've known the founders of LA RESERVA FOREST FOUNDATION since I am kid. But it wasn't until the recent years that I have been able to see their work, their enthusiasm, their "ant-like attitude" of always working hard no matter what. I TRULY believe these are the type of people and organizations we need, those that stay during the years...'cause you know what, just like the ant has no choice but to bring food to the colony, us humans have no choice but save the planet and save ourselves. - - Roy Prendas Álvarez