MCLUS E Newsletter March 2009

Bosque Para Siempre: The Collaborative Forest Forever Project

MCL and MCLUS are part of the collaborative that is working to protect and reforest Pacific slope.  Recently the U of Vermont graduate program sent well-trained students to help create a layered map showing land priorities that local biologists and members of the collaborative feel are the most important criteria for us to be saving.  Things like mitigating stream sedimentation, creating buffer zones, protecting habitat for endangered, endemic or keystone species, connectivity, distance from streams, if existing forest is primary or secondary forest.

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The largely deforested Pacific slope with the Gulf of Nicoya in the distance.  Our goal is to create corridors connecting the existing patches of forest and bring back habitat for migrating species from the protected areas of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest in the mountains to the gulf.

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The U of VM students are defining objectives we want to include and establishing monitoring protocols.  They asked lots of questions to be sure the computer models they will make represent the needs of the collaborative in choosing the most important pieces of land to protect.

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A major point of discussion was the optimal landscape design that meets the natural and social needs of the people and the wildlife while protecting forest habitat at each elevation zone and enhancing the socio-economic well being of all the communities within the corridor.

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Participating Costa Rican members of the collaborative which includes the Cloud Forest Preserve, Monteverde Conservation League, and the Fundacion Conservacionista de Costariccense and the U of Georgia in San Luis.  All smiles after hearing the presentations of the U of VM folks.  A big help in planning which pieces to buy and protect.  We appreciate their dedication to making this a useful tool in our land acquisition.

“Earth” movie from Disney starts Earth Day!

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