January 2010 MCLUS Newsletter

MCLUS News – RSVP for upcoming St. Louis Tea honoring Rachel Crandell on February 7 and Land Purchase in Sight!

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest can expand! With your help we can save critical habitat for endangered species like the beautiful Resplendent Quetzal and Bellbird. Thanks to all the children, teens, and adults who have helped us raise funds this far! These are the types of creatures you can protect with your donation (below).

Rainforest Animals

Land Purchase in Sight: Your Assistance Needed

Click here to donate online

We’ve got our sights on the “Pipe” Jose Manuel Cruz property! It is 248 acres (100 ha) in size and is a critical piece of land that will link two protected BEN properties as you can see in the map below (blue section). Currently 50% is forested and 50% is pasture with early signs of forest regeneration. The land will be allowed to regenerate completely back to forest (or be reforested through planting if needed). In total the land costs $300,000. With your generous contributions, MCLUS anticipates giving a $150,000 down payment to secure the contract within the next month. After property registration procedures are completed by the end of the year, we will need to have an additional $150,000 to complete the purchase. Please donate now to protect this land! Every contribution counts! When you make your online donation please note, “Pipe Cruz Property” in the ‘message’ line.

Costa Rica Rainforest
This farm has primary forest, is part of the Bell Bird Biological Corridor and protects important clean water resources used by neighboring communities.

Pasture for Reforesting
This strategically placed property has pasture areas which can regenerate and in some areas reforestation has already begun.

Land Purchase and Protection Campaign (LPPC) map
This blue area on the map shows how purchase of the “Pipe” Cruz property unites two sectors of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Linking the two pieces of land will create a protected corridor that will make it more difficult for poachers and domestic animals to enter the forest.

Invitation to a Tea in St. Louis to honor MCLUS co-founder, Rachel Crandell

Rachel Crandell planting a tree

All are welcome to share a delicious cup of tea and home baked treats in honor of Rachel Crandell, former President of MCLUS, for her dedication to the Children’s Eternal Rainforest of Costa Rica. The afternoon event will include opportunities to meet others working for this cause, including remarks from Tom Newmark, current MCLUS board member. Items will be available for sale to help raise funds for the BEN.

When: Sunday, February 7th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: 5 Chateau Oaks, St. Louis, MO 63124
Hosted by: DiAnne Drake, Carol Teicher, and Vangie Swan

Feel free to ask questions or R.S.V.P. to DiAnne at 314-997-6677

Please click here to donate online today or send a check to:

242 Old Sulphur Springs Road
Manchester, MO 63021

Your gift is greatly appreciated!

For the forest,
Friends and Board of MCLUS