Roberta Smiley

La Reserva Forest Foundation

La Reserva Forest Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of the world’s vital indigenous tropical rain forests. La Reserva began in 1998 on a 100-acre dairy farm overlooking Lake Arenal, in Guanacaste province, Costa Rica. In the early years we planted tree bridges (biological corridors) to connect the remnant forests that remained on our farm, noting that animals could then move from one stand of trees to other forested areas without exposing themselves to predators on the ground. This inspired us in 1998, to allow the forests to regenerate naturally on the entire property, creating a private forest reserve. 

La Reserva is an expression of our desire to find a balance between human needs and the needs of the planet. The Earth is our home, and we have a responsibility to take care of her. We, the people, can work on the problems of climate change together, regardless of our political/religious beliefs or race. In fact this is the greatest opportunity of all time to transcend our differences for the good of ALL life. The climate catastrophe is what will unite us all as ONE. We shall heal our Earth and in so doing peace shall come in its wake. 

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